The Oxford cloth button-down shirt guide part 6

The Oxford cloth button-down shirt guide

The Oxford cloth button-down shirt guide part 6

What to look for in a button down, number 4: You get what you pay for

Unless you are buying vintage, to a certain extent, you are really going to get what you pay for. I assume this goes without saying but avoid buying your button downs at the bargain bin stores like Walmart. The quality is going to be horrendous. Rather than spending $25 on a poorly made button down that, you will have to replace in a year, double your budget and buy a quality shirt. Granted it will cost a little more, but you are going to have a shirt that will last years if not decades. The oxford cloth button-down is an American style staple. It has been in style since it first came out, and chances are it is a trend that is not going anywhere anytime soon.

What to look for in a button down, number 5: Box pleat

Traditional OCBD shirts feature a box pleat in the middle for extra movement.  Some shirts may have no pleats or side pleats etc. but the original has a box pleat in the middle.

What to look for in a button down, number 6: Cuffs should be casual

Many men love the idea of wearing French cuff shirts and, truth be told, most of my dress shirts are French or single cuff. However, when it comes to the button down, let’s not forget that this is a sports shirt that should remain far more casual than your formal shirts. Therefore, I recommend sticking with the standard barrel button cuff. Keep it classic. On the chance, you do end up with a rare French cuff OCBD, at least wear some more whimsical cufflinks rather than elegant ones. If you are going to the races, try and find ones shaped like thoroughbreds.

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