Chances are you’ve worn one already, and probably have one hanging in your closet — but what is an Oxford
That’s what we’re here to answer in today’s edition of Ask An Effortless Gent.
In the sections that follow, we’ll be exploring the history of the Oxford
Why Is It Called An Oxford
The beginnings of the Oxford
Originally, two different yarns basket-woven together to create a specific sheen. This “Oxford weave” was debuted in 19th century Scotland alongside special weaves named after each of four famous British universities: Oxford, Yale, Cambridge, and Harvard.
Though the other shirts have faded into obscurity, the Oxford
They appreciated the lightweight material yet durable weave of the Oxford shirt. In response to the high-speed horseback riding of the sport, these polo players added buttons to the collars of their shirts to keep them from flapping in the wind.
What Defines An Oxford
Because of its history and development, the Oxford
- A special weave that makes it durable, lightweight, and attractive.
button-downcollar that stays upright and in place.
Other than that, you’ll notice that it’s remarkably similar to a common dress shirt. The cut, sleeve length, and sizing will usually be the same as standard dress shirts.
Do You Tuck In An Oxford
You can choose to tuck an Oxford
If you’re going for a more casual, sporty style — perfect for a
Dressier outfits will, of course, use a tucked-in Oxford
Heading to work in an Oxford
Wrapping Things Up: Where to Find An Oxford
Here at Effortless Gent, we’re big fans of the Oxford
For a traditional take on Oxford shirts, check out the selection over at Brooks Brothers. They use the traditional basket-weave style and come in a variety of cuts, materials, and fits.