The Oxford cloth button-down shirt guide part 5

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:

What to look for in a button down, number 2: Go for a soft roll collar

Most shirt companies today offer a fused collar with interlining that is a bit stiffer. If they add a button down collar option, the collar usually lays flat, whereas the original has an S collar curl, which is achieved by making the collar longer. Moreover, the original OCBD collar had no interlining and was soft. Therefore, anything but a soft, S-curled button down collar cannot be called an OCBD.

What to look for in a button down, number 3: Do not be afraid to buy vintage

Some of the very best OCBDs are actually from the 1960s. Quality was more revered by the general public and most companies at the time were not as prone to taking shortcuts to lower costs. If you can find a classic Brooks Brothers button-down that is in good shape, I would urge you to buy it. Since they are so popular, I also recommend asking family or friends if they have any they no longer wear. As a bonus, you will spend a lot less money.

What to look for in a button down, number 4: Stick with 100 % cotton

Cotton, linens, even silk are ones worth looking at. Unfortunately, most of the button downs sold today are a blend of materials primarily backed by polyester. There is a reason that Brooks Brothers uses cotton as their go-to fabric for the OCBD, and it is because it lasts, it feels great, and it looks fantastic.

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