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Oxford Shirts

Best men's oxford shirts in 2022

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Oxford Shirts

The shirt that truly democratizes style and trends

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Few things are as essential in a man's closet than a great-fitting, reliable oxford cloth button-down. The OCBD has been around for over 125 years and has seen several iterations of fits, fabrics and colors, but the two most iconic are white and blue. As men's fashion gradually strays away from “luxury streetwear”, it's swinging back to more classic prep/Ivy styles, just in reworked renditions for today. Items like relaxed chinos, sturdy polo rugbys and oxfords are being worn in innovative ways that they have not been before, creating refreshing juxtaposed looks. The fit has always been vital with an OCBD—but because there are no rules, don't be afraid to play around with proportion and size to create a new silhouette for your outfit.

Of course, the signature characteristic of an OCBD is the oxford cloth fabric itself, woven with a textural basket weave that makes it both soft and durable. The real charm of this shirt though is the sporty and casual collar roll formed by the button-secured collar points. The best ones have a roomy, reinforced chest pocket, pleated sleeves and old school details like a box pleat on the back to ensure an ease of movement. There are a lot of great brands making quality oxfords that cover the entire gamut of price points. Depending on how often and where you'll be wearing them though, how much you decide to spend is purely up to you. We're here to help point you to the ones worth your money.

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The Slim Fit

• Fits a bit on the slimmer side (we suggest sizing up)

• Price point allows you to stock up on multiple colors

• Fabric is thinner than most oxford cloth, but made from a slow-spun cotton yarn for added durability

• The smaller collar doesn't sit up high, so this will be worn more casually (not the best option with a tie)

Slim-fit Japanese Oxford shirt,
$75 by Everlane

Better

The Classic Fit

• Hand-sewn in Houston, Texas

• A slightly shorter shirt tail makes wearing it untucked look less sloppy

• All shirts are made-to-order and offered in traditional shirting sizes so you're guaranteed a perfect fit

• The price is quite steep (it is made-to-order), so buying in bulk is probably out of the question

1883 Oxford shirt,
$245 by Hamilton

Best

The Broken-in Fit

• A perfect marriage of formal and lived-in thanks to a proprietary wash

• Features a button on the chest pocket to ensure your EDC is secure

• Back collar button keeps your collar standing strong and your tie from slipping

• Although the shirt says “slim”, it does fit on the classic side so we'd recommend keeping your original size

Favorite oxford shirt,
$128 by Todd Snyder

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