The Oxford cloth button-down shirt guide part 4

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.

Oxford cloth button-down shirts DOs and DON'Ts, number 3: Do not wear short sleeved button downs in summer

Many look at the button down and assume the short sleeves are OK, but in fact, short-sleeved shirts with a button down collar just look odd. Rather than a short-sleeved shirt, either wear a long-sleeved shirt with the sleeves rolled up or a polo shirt with short sleeves — but not a button down collar shirt with short sleeves.

Oxford cloth button-down shirts DOs and DON'Ts, number 4: Do not wear button downs on the weekend

The weekends were invented for button downs. Or maybe it was the other way around? Either way, weekends and button downs go together like gin and limes. Unless you are attending a formal event, the button down can and should be your go-to casual shirt during the day.

Oxford cloth button-down shirts DOs and DON'Ts, number 5: Do not wear button downs to interviews

Many people think that a great idea for an interview at a casual office job is to wear a button-down since it is technically still a dress shirt and yet does not give off the same formal undertones as the standard classic or semi-spread collar broadcloth shirt, because Oxford is a more casual fabric. While there may be offices where you can show up in an Oxford shirt, I suggest a poplin or broadcloth shirt instead.

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