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!