Friday, December 4, 2020

Oxford Shirt

Oxford Shirt  

While Oxford shirts are not the same as dress shirts, they are still quite sartorial. These are fashion staples in every sporty man’s wardrobe. These shirts are guaranteed to remain in fashion no matter how trends change, holding their own alongside white tee shirts, perfectly tailored suits, and that perfect denim for your body.

What is an Oxford Shirt?

First of all, Oxford is a type of cloth that was created in Scottish Fabric mills. It has a heavier and rougher weave than most traditional dress shirt cloths - some refer to it as a basket weave. Oxford cloth tends to be stiff and hold up their form, while still being more formal than flannels. Oxford shirts tend to be very versatile and can be dressed with chinos for a professional, casual look, or even with a suit jacket and jeans. They can work for nearly any situation and can be worn for a number of dress codes.

While the Oxford shirt's origins were among polo players, who needed buttons or pins on their shirt collar flaps to prevent obstruction while riding, the shirt is not actually named after the English city. In fact, Oxford is a specific type of woven fabric, and Oxford shirts are made exclusively from this thick cloth. 

Oxford cloth weaves the yarn into a textured finish. The Classic Oxford is what the majority of these shirts are made from, while the Pinpoint Oxford is more conspicuous, with enough of a sheen to be able to hold its own against more formal dress shirts.

Brooks Brothers can be credited with popularizing the Oxford shirt in men’s fashion. They noticed the pins on polo players and developed a shirt that used buttons instead. Their new collar style put an end to men’s fashion requiring shirt and collars to be purchased and worn separately, placing the collar on the shirt. 

How to Wear an Oxford Shirt

One of the things that makes an Oxford shirt so popular is that it is extremely versatile. While it won’t hold muster in the most formal occasions in the same way a dress shirt would, it can still be worn in a large variety of occasions. 

While the Oxford cloth isn’t as fancy as piqué or poplin weaves, it can be worn with a suit if you’ve got the right fashion sense for all but black tie dress codes. Increase the formality by wearing contrasting colors. Mix white shirts with navy suits and burgundy accessories. You can add a tie to the shirt to make it more formal as well. Vests and jackets always lend formality to the shirt. 

For a sporty casual look, you can wear the Oxford for a perfect smart-casual wardrobe. Smart casual can be tricky, because you never know how far to push it or how to strike a balance. Wearing an untucked light blue Oxford over dark wash denim jeans works well. So does tucking one into some chinos and tossing on a brown leather coat. Take that tailored suit and cuff the bottom of the pants at the ankle, then pair the Oxford shirt with some dark sneaker or casual loafers. 

Although you can’t get away with an Oxford shirt in a business formal setting, it can be worn in business casual settings. An Oxford shirt is the perfect staple for every businessman’s wardrobe. Wear it with an unstructured blazer and tailored slacks to strike the perfect balance between looking overdressed or underdressed. Get playful; you can wear navy slacks and a light Oxford with a khaki-colored tailored sport jacket or grey coat, or wear it under a tailored suit with an open-top button and no tie. 

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