The Oxford cloth button-down shirt guide part 3

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.

The Oxford cloth button-down shirt becomes casual, number 4:

Today, the shirts are made by just about every clothing brand that caters to men. From the classic sports shirts (as they are now called) at Brooks Brothers to the inexpensive variants sold by Walmart and Target’s house brands, the button down seems to be sold just about everywhere -and for good reason-because men everywhere are buying them.

Oxford cloth button-down shirts DOs and DON'Ts, number 1: Do not wear button downs with formal wear

Tuxedos, morning coats, strollers, tailcoats… Call it what you will, the button down was not made for them. Wearing a button-down with formal attire is about as silly as wearing white socks or sandals with it. The same goes for business suits. Leave the button down at home.

Oxford cloth button-down shirts DOs and DON'Ts, number 2: Do not wear button downs to formal workplaces

If you wear a suit to work, read above. The button-down is a very informal dress shirt. It works splendidly with a blazer, a sports jacket or under a sweater, but it must never be worn with anything more formal than that. If you work in a very casual office environment, feel free to wear one, but only if your office celebrates casual Friday on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as well.

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