full oxford shirt

Most of you know how to shop for a suit, choose a tailor, and add the necessary details to your outfit. If not, all you have to do is go through the archives of this site.

So, we got the dressy attire covered. What about the days when a suit isn’t necessary? Like on the weekend when you’re out running errands, at brunch with the gf, or wrestling bears?

In these cases, I suggest you cover that torso with a casual button-up in 100% cotton. It’s the perfect weight and looks great pressed or rumpled, straight from the dryer (assuming you take it out right when the dryer is finished so the wrinkles don’t set in.) Not to mention, they’re available at a variety of price points.

Personally, I prefer J.Crew’s button-up oxford. They fit perfectly and seem to mold to my body the more I wear and wash them. In fact, I love them so much I own five in various colors. Find a brand and fit that suits you, and if you find that perfect combination, buy five.

As always, stick with a slimmer cut in an appropriate size. If your shoulder seam droops down five inches past your shoulder, or if it’s creeping too close to your collarbone, you’re wearing the wrong size. Your cuff should hit where your thumb bone and wrist meet, and there shouldn’t be inches of extra material bunching together.

It may take a few trips to the dressing room to figure all of this out, but patience is definitely a virtue in this case.

Also, remember: most men think they’re bigger in size than they actually are. Even if you think you’re, say, a medium, try on a small. You might not be used to that snug feeling, but that’s probably because all your other shirts are too loose.

Another tip: stick with the brands that focus on more modern cuts. They will often have the slimmer style of shirt you need. Slimmer fits mean a more tailored look, and less bulk in the arms and midsection.

If you’re a skinny guy and think a larger size adds bulk to your frame, it actually makes you look smaller, as if you’re drowning in daddy’s oxfords. Buy clothes in your actual size and you will look better.

If you’re trying to step up your casual clothes game, pick up some oxford button-ups the next time you’re out. I’m sure you’ll soon find them to be a staple in your everyday wardrobe.

In case you’re not sure where to start, leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to help you out!

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18 Responses

    • Barron on

      No way! You must be rough on yours, haha. I’ve had most of mine for about the same amount of time. Other than the fraying (which I love) I haven’t experienced any damage to the point of unwearability (… is that a word? nope.)

      Do you just take them out of rotation? Replace them with new ones?

  1. Take (Public) Ivy on

    Just my opinion, but a shirt that has a proper collar looks better, even in casual situations. I like quite a bit about J Crew’s OCBDs, but the collar just kills me; no roll whatsoever. Just my opinion, though. I’d prefer a BB Slim of Extra-slim depending on build, even for casual situations…just make sure to get the supima cotton (must iron) version

  2. Ben on

    Any brands other than J. Crew you can recommend? At least until J. Crew finally decides to open shop up here in Canada…

    • Barron on

      Hi Ben,

      Not sure what you have / don’t have available in Canada, but are you open to online options? Jcrew.com ships to Canada. You can also try Brooks Brothers Extra Slim / Slim shirts which are awesome. LLBean’s Signature line has some nice shirting as well and should be slimmer than the regular LLBean line.

      If you’re limited with your choices, I’d splurge a bit for an online order; as long as you get a couple items it’ll be worth it.

      • Ben on

        I guess the problem is that my body shape seems to be a bit weird, so trying out the clothes before buying them is a must for me. Any viable options that you would recommend at the gap, for example? That seems to be an easily accessible store…

        • Barron on

          Gap seems to refine its button down with every year that passes. I have some from them. It depends on the fit you’re looking for; most of their shirts run a bit wider than the typical “slim” fit. Banana started making a slimmer fit shirt as well, but definitely worth trying on because I feel most of their shirts are even more traditional cut than Gap.

          Bonobos has some oxfords and their fit looks great, though I haven’t tried them yet (http://www.bonobos.com/store/cat/shirts/oxfords). I would check them out. Been hearing good things. They have free shipping both ways and a great return policy.

    • Barron on

      I like short sleeve button-ups. They’re great in the oxford cloth material like the shirt in this post. I’d make sure it’s cut just as slim as your long sleeve button ups, and the sleeve should hit mid bicep at the longest, otherwise you’d risk looking like Dwight Schrute from The Office.

      • St├ęphane H on

        NO! all short sleeves are fugly. Do NOT wear this. Take this from a guy that has been getting complements on my style since 8th grade