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  • The Oxford cloth button-down shirt guide

    The Oxford cloth button-down shirt guide part 5

    What to look for in a button down, number 1:

    There are so many button downs available today made of different fabrics, ranging from linen and cotton to polyester blends — but an authentic OCDB has a few details you should look for:

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  • The Oxford cloth button-down shirt guide

    The Oxford cloth button-down shirt guide part 4

    The Oxford Cloth Button Down Shirt (or OCBD) is one of those dress shirts that just is not a dress shirt. A sports shirt of sorts, the Oxford Cloth button-down shirt can be used to add some casual tones to an otherwise formal outfit. Paired with a summer suit, along with a tie or under a blazer, it can blend in with various outfits while creating a nonchalant attitude.

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  • The Oxford cloth button-down shirt guide

    The Oxford cloth button-down shirt guide part 3

    The Oxford cloth button-down shirt becomes casual, number 3:

    Unlike many clothes, the popularity continued to grow, and the button down remains as popular today as it was back in the 1920s through 60s. Style icons outside the U.S. such as Gianni Agnelli helped to popularize the OCBD outside of the States. The Avocatto would often wear his Brooks Brothers OCBDs with the watch on top of the cuff and the collar buttons were undone.

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  • The Oxford cloth button-down shirt guide

    The Oxford cloth button-down shirt guide part 2

    Brooks Brothers invented the Oxford cloth button-down shirt, number 2:

    Introduced to the world in 1896 and growing in popularity soon after, the button-down collar shirt became an instant hit in Hollywood and across the U.S. While many companies copied them, only Brooks Brothers managed to corner the industry with their newly developed dress shirt featuring button-down collars and oxford cloth. Initially worn with business suits and more formal apparel, the shirt managed to take on a more casual tone by the 1950s as America adopted the backyard barbecue trend.

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  • The Oxford cloth button-down shirt guide part 1

    Hallmarks of an Oxford cloth button-down shirt, number 1:

    As the name implies, it must have a soft button-down collar without interlining. The proper look is achieved by a collar roll which requires the buttons to be placed closer to the collar than if they would lay straight. Many shirt manufacturers simply use a standard collar with interlining that is buttoned down, but that is not what defines the look of a classic OCBD.

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  • A guide to trouser cuffs

    A guide to trouser cuffs part 6

    A cuff is a folded edge at the hem at the bottom and it looks like a turned-up edge that it is added to the pant leg.

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  • A guide to trouser cuffs

    A guide to trouser cuffs part 5

    How to wear cuffs well, number 4:

    Of course, you can also pay attention to other aspects of your suit. Let’s say you have very wide lapels, you should not have a very slim cuff because it simply looks not proportional. Also, you can look at the height of your collar in the back of your neck of your jacket and try to match that to the size of your trouser cuff.

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  • A guide to trouser cuffs

    A guide to trouser cuffs part 4

    How to wear cuffs well, number 1:

    First of all, for a true cuff, you always need a plain hem and you want the front just to slightly touch the top of your shoe. In general, cuffs look best if they just slightly touch your shoe without creating a deep break or any puddling around your ankle. So when in doubt, a cuffed pair of pants is always slightly shorter than an uncuffed pair of pants. Having too much excess fabric at the ankle paired with a cuff can just look sloppy. Also, if your pants have cuffs as well as pleats, the break can interrupt the nice crease and the nice line of the pair of trousers.

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  • A guide to trouser cuffs

    A guide to trouser cuffs part 3

    To cuff or not to cuff? Number 2:

    The big advantage of cuffs is that it adds a bit more weight to the bottom part of your pants thus creating a nicer drape or hang of the trouser especially if you have pleated pants. Of course, they also can help to create a visual balance, for example, for double-breasted suits or vertically striped suits.

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  • A guide to trouser cuffs

    A guide to trouser cuffs part 2

    In recent years, cuffs, also known as turn-ups, have somewhat fallen out of favor with mainstream men. At the same time, it is a very classic look that has been around for a long time and will likely also be a part of classic men’s wardrobe for the foreseeable future.

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