In , John E. History Of The Oxford Shirt The Oxford shirt can be traced back to 19th century Scotland, where local mills were experimenting with different weaves and producing original fabrics. Expect soft, casual cotton, cut slim but not too slim, deployed across short- and long-sleeved versions in a wide range of colours, stripes and checks.
Finding a style that works to accentuate your body type goes a long way in making an inexpensive shirt look great. If it means taking your measurements, all the better. Fabric types on a white OCBD are a bit of a conundrum for some folks. Soft-wash types of shirts are also slightly less dressy and would probably work best under a sweater or blazer because of the textural differences between an OCBD without a soft-wash like these Old Navy options , but both are relatively interchangeable. Either type would work well with any of the combinations below.
Some OCBD shirts are marketed based on wash or as a non-iron shirt , but ideally, every shirt should go through some sort of ironing or hang-drying after washing. With higher-quality fabric, like a custom shirt or a number from J.
This look could be one of the more versatile, office-ready get-ups in your arsenal. That solid white color of the shirt in a slim fit like the Old Navy option pairs with any color you can think of in terms of pants and tie.
A tailored pant like the Alpha Khakis helps keep everything in proportion with a slim top. Now, the key with your pants and tie revolves around complementing those colors ; with a blue or red pant, a grey knit tie, while safe, would be a nice match in terms of neutrality, but getting into a small pattern in your tie might not be a bad choice either.
The cap toe shoes pictured here would work, while a wing tip would be a more casual alternative. Using that same Oxford cloth shirt can take you a lot of different places. Like any great outfit, this one is as versatile as it is polished. Taking that white OCBD and pairing it with a well-fitted blazer is another business casual option that would also work for, say, dressed-up drinks or a nice date. That blazer might need tailoring, but sizing down or up? Jeans in a slightly different shade maybe with a slight amount of distressing , will help break up some of the blue-on-blue look, and an unstructured blazer means the outfit leans slightly more casual.
To further break up some of the blue-on-blue combo, a a stand-out pocket square could do the job. Anchoring the look with a solid, no-nonsense suede desert boot is a safe bet. The braided leather belt, while not immediately visible, adds some good texture to the top half of the ensemble, too. The chambray sneakers might be too close in color palette to the jacket, in which a pair of white plimsolls might work instead. Again, topping the outfit off with some wild, patterned socks throws in a much-needed pop of color without overdoing it.
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The OCBD Becomes Casual. Now a focus of weekend get-togethers amongst friends, it was a classic wardrobe choice for men attending holiday parties, barbecues, . First, a short history, OCBD's have historical accuracy as a workwear item, where other button down's don't have as multiformo.tk's like the difference between a Model T with a steel carriage and black paint job vs. a fiberglass model in pastel. One of them is a classic, the other is an odd car. Oxford Cloth Buttondown. A type of business dress shirt favored by prep schools and adherents to the trad lifestyle.