The Oxford Shirt

The Oxford shirt, with its rich history and century-long evolution, has become a symbol of timeless style and practicality. Named after the fabric it is crafted from—Oxford cloth—the shirt has transcended its origins to become a wardrobe staple for men across the globe.

Oxford cloth, the cornerstone of the shirt’s identity, owes its name to Oxford College, although the institution played no role in its creation. In the late 19th century, a Scottish textile mill, seeking to capitalize on the allure of prestigious universities, labeled various weaves after renowned establishments. Among these, Oxford, Cambridge, Yale, and Harvard weaves emerged, with only Oxford enduring the test of time.

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    Simply the best oxford shirt. Made from an iconic and slighty heavier American oxford weave. It appears matte and crisp, perfect to match with jeans as part of a more casual outfit. Light blue colour. Also available in offwhite and light blue stripes.

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    156,51 

    Premium white oxford shirt from Albini, with premium details such as MOP buttons with Crowfoot stitchings, single needle seams and split yoke. This fabric comes with a easy iron finish to make sure the shirt stays crisp and clean.

  • Offwhite American Oxford
    156,51 

    Simply the best oxford shirt. Made from an iconic and slighty heavier American oxford weave. It appears matte and crisp, perfect to match with jeans as part of a more casual outfit. Slightly offwhite colour. Also available in light blue and stripes.

the iconic oxford shirt custom mae by mond

The distinct basket weave pattern of Oxford cloth, characterized by an equal number of warp and weft threads, sets it apart. This weaving technique, where warp threads run vertically and weft threads run horizontally, imparts a unique combination of softness and durability. The threads are usually one color mixed with white to give Oxford fabric its unique checkerboard look. The resulting fabric is not only breathable but also naturally wrinkle-resistant, making Oxford shirts an ideal choice for a variety of occasions.

Originally conceived as sportswear in the late 19th century, Oxford shirts gained popularity among British polo players. The fabric’s comfort, durability, and breathability made it a preferred choice, especially in the warm climates of British India. The shirts, featuring pointed collars, became an issue during active polo matches—the unfastened collars of Oxford shirts posed a challenge as they would flop around the players’ faces, causing distraction. To change this, players began attaching buttons to fasten the collar points—a practical innovation that soon became a stylish addition. The story takes an interesting turn when an American named John E Brooks, of Brooks Brothers, observed this during a polo match in England. Captivated by the practical yet stylish solution, Brooks introduced button-down Oxford shirts to the American market, forever changing the course of men’s fashion.

the light blue striped oxford shirt styled with a suit, custom made by mond

The Ivy League

Fast forward a couple of decades to the 1950s, when Ivy League students adopted the OCBD (Oxford cloth button-down) and made it part of their uniform. College campuses were full of students wearing tweed jackets, Oxford cloth button-down shirts, regimental ties, flannel trousers, and penny loafers.

Inspired by the East Coast elite, prominent actors, politicians, and entrepreneurs embraced this new way of dressing and elevated it to a new height of cool. It became the style of the new American generation, and its popularity really took off.

1950 students at princeton weariing oxford shirts, tweed jackets and flannel trousers

Princeton 1950’s students (credit)

Colors

We are adding four colorways to our American Oxford collection – Peach Striped, Light Pink Striped, Dark Blue Striped, Brown Striped. The newly added colors complement our range consisting of off-white, light blue, and light blue striped. Our American Oxford line offers a varied selection, accommodating different styles and preferences. Discover our collection below:

  • 156,51 

    Simply the best oxford shirt. Made from an iconic and slighty heavier American oxford weave. It appears matte and crisp, perfect to match with jeans as part of a more casual outfit. Light blue colour. Also available in offwhite and light blue stripes.

  • ShirtMain-EditedTS6_03439-1167x1400
    156,51 

    Premium white oxford shirt from Albini, with premium details such as MOP buttons with Crowfoot stitchings, single needle seams and split yoke. This fabric comes with a easy iron finish to make sure the shirt stays crisp and clean.

  • Offwhite American Oxford
    156,51 

    Simply the best oxford shirt. Made from an iconic and slighty heavier American oxford weave. It appears matte and crisp, perfect to match with jeans as part of a more casual outfit. Slightly offwhite colour. Also available in light blue and stripes.

Styling Options

andreas weinas wearing a custom made suit and oxford shirt made by mond

The Oxford shirt is a versatile wardrobe essential. It complements nearly every outfit you put together, especially casual combinations like jeans, chinos, or flannel.

You can wear it with a suit, as showcased by Andreas in the featured images in this post. In many business or business casual settings, an Oxford shirt provides a comfortable and stylish alternative to the more formal dress shirt.

Pairing your Oxford shirt with your favorite knitwear adds an interesting dimension to your look by blending various structures and textures. On more casual office days, wearing it with separates or a combination of jeans and a sports jacket can elevate your overall look.

FAQ

What is an Oxford shirt?

An Oxford shirt is a type of button-down dress shirt that is characterized by its unique Oxford cloth weave. Oxford cloth is a slightly heavier and more textured fabric compared to traditional dress shirt materials.

What to wear with an Oxford shirt?

An Oxford shirt is a versatile wardrobe staple that can be dressed up or down for various occasions. Here are some suggestions on what to wear with an Oxford shirt:

1. Business Casual Look:

2. Smart-Casual Outfit

  • Combine your Oxford shirt with well-fitted dark jeans or khakis for a laid-back yet polished look.
  • Roll up the sleeves slightly for a relaxed vibe.
  • Loafers work well to complete the smart-casual aesthetic.

3. Layering for Cooler Weather:

  • Wear your Oxford shirt under a sweater or a V-neck pullover for a preppy and warm look.
  • Experiment with different textures and colors to add visual interest.

Are Oxford shirts formal or casual?

Oxford shirts are considered more on the casual side of the spectrum, but their versatility allows them to be styled for both casual and semi-formal occasions.

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