Oxford Shirts Did Not Originate There - Blackberrysby Black B. Indian Formal Wear Brand
Read-on to learn about the different kinds of oxford shirts, and why they are called so.
Ironically, people often assume that there aren’t too many varieties and styles in men’s wear. Well, maybe the range isn’t as wide as women’s clothing, but there are still too many under-explored terrains in men’s clothing. The fact that just a single category of formal shirts for men has a variety of designs might evoke a pleasant surprise in most people. One of the reasons behind this myth is because most stores are not stocked up with all the varieties, unless one goes to a premium store like Blackberrys. Oxford shirts are just one type in the formal spectrum of shirts.
Unlike what the name might lead many of us to believe, it has nothing to do with the university. Oxford shirts have a lustrous finish and are made out of cotton that is woven in a particular pattern called the basket weave. This weave originated in 19th century in Scotland, as mill owners started experimenting with different kinds of weaves. Consequently, the mill owners came up with four kinds of weaves corresponding to the four elite universities of Harvard, Cambridge, Yale and Oxford. All the other 3 except Oxford have gone out of production. The weave that makes this fabric so unique is the fact that it is made out of two separate yarns imparting a certain texture. This fabric is often used to make formal shirts for men in the most conservative style.
Oxford Buttoned-down Shirts
These shirts are unique for their collars that are held in place with buttons. Originally these were worn by polo players during the game. Eventually, the collars became more mainstream. Oxford buttoned-down shirts are made of fabric with basket weave, and buttoned-down collars. A hanger loop to the back of the yoke is another characteristic feature of this design. These are not strictly formal, and hence cannot be worn under suits.
Oxford Dress Shirt
These are the most conservative of the formal spectrum of shirts. Also made out of fabric in basket weave pattern, Oxford dress shirts are evening shirts that are either worn with bow ties or suits. They are tailored with stiff collars and long sleeves and impart elegance to the suit. Traditionally, dress shirts were only available in white colour, but fashion conventions are quite dynamic.
Formal shirts can be bought online, if a person knows what they want clearly, otherwise it would be advisable to do a thorough research on the appropriate attire for the occasion, because there is simply too many kinds to choose from.
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