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The Ultimate Button-Down Shirt Guide

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The Ultimate Button-Down Shirt Guide
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There’s nothing quite like a classic, button-down shirt. Adding just a few of these timeless garments to your wardrobe will allow for a range of different casual and formal outfits. There’s a reason this shirt hasn’t changed much after many decades – it always looks good. Whether you’re constantly attending formal events or you’re just looking for another classy piece to add to your collection, a button-down shirt is always a good investment.

That being said, choosing the right shirt isn’t always easy. While it might be tempting to simply grab the first Oxford shirt you see, it’s better to take your time and choose a quality garment that you can be proud of. Go the extra mile when choosing your shirts, and you won’t be disappointed. When searching for a new shirt, you need to take a multitude of factors into account. 

Formal attire
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For example, you might want to think about what kind of occasion you’ll be wearing your shirt for. Are you looking for a loose and casual button-down you can wear at a party? Or do you need something that can go with a semi-formal blazer at a serious event? Maybe you need a shirt to go under your tuxedo at an upcoming wedding. Whatever the case may be, there are different shirts that you should consider getting.

Of course, your shirt choice also comes down to personal style. What do you feel comfortable wearing? Are you someone who prefers a slimmer, modern fit? Or do you prefer a boxy, 80s-style button-down that you can wear with faded jeans? Maybe you’re a woman who’s looking for that oversized “boyfriend shirt.” Perhaps you even want to wear an oversized plaid shirt as a dress! No matter what your sense of style might be, there’s a shirt out there with your name on it. 

Last but not least, it also makes sense to know your sizes when choosing a proper button-down shirt. A well-made Oxford isn’t like a t-shirt, and it’s not just limited to varieties in “small,” “medium,” and “large.” Knowing your measurements is even more essential if you’re shopping online, becoming more common in this day and age. 

Now – without further ado, let’s get into the details. How do you choose the perfect button-down shirt? Continue reading to find out… 

Choosing the Right Style

While there are several different considerations to take into account when shopping for shirts, the number one thing you need to think about is your personal sense of style. After all, you want to feel amazing while you’re wearing your new shirt, right? There’s no sense in getting a well-fitting shirt if you don’t like the way it looks. 

There are many different styles of button-down shirts, but one of the most popular is the Oxford shirt. It is named after a specific type of cloth, the Oxford shirt is known for its heavyweight fabric and subtle details like the locker loop. One of the main reasons why the humble Oxford shirt has stood the test of time is its incredible versatility. 

White shirt
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You can wear an Oxford shirt with pretty much anything. Whether you’re wearing chinos, jeans, or even shorts, an Oxford shirt won’t look out of place. In addition, you can wear an Oxford shirt in many different ways. Button it all the way up for a truly modern and “fashionista” look. Add a tie for an extra touch of class. Leave it flowing open and layer with a plain t-shirt for that awesome 90s aesthetic. Wear an Oxford with a pair of jeans for that minimalist/business casual look. Throw on a blazer to really send a message. 

Of course, an Oxford shirt is also your go-to garment for any formal outfit. It’s an excellent choice for any suit, especially if you go with a plain white Oxford. You don’t even need to wear a tie to complete the look, especially if you choose a modern cut shirt. As you’ve probably discovered already, there are almost no limits when it comes to the versatility of an Oxford shirt. We could keep going – but there’s a lot more we need to get through this article. For more information, check out this GANT shirt guide

The second thing you need to think about is the color or pattern or of your shirt. If you’re going for a super formal look, it’s best to stick with “solid” shirts (those with just one color). While patterns can be fun and interesting, a solid white or light blue shirt will help others take you more seriously. White is the “classic” color choice that looks amazing with virtually any outfit. Historically, those who wore white shirts were more likely to earn their living with their brains than their hands (because they didn’t have to worry about getting dirty). 

Stripped shirt
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If you love patterns, but you don’t want to sacrifice that formal aesthetic, go with a striped shirt. A subtle striped pattern conveys a sense of seriousness, and you definitely won’t feel out of place wearing this shirt at the office. The only thing you need to worry about with striped shirts is the possibility of clashing with other patterns (like on your tie or pants). As the old saying goes: don’t wear stripes with stripes.

While there are almost limitless options when it comes to shirt patterns, the last choice we’re going to talk about is a checkered or plaid pattern. Although this shirt is quite casual, it is still quite classy. While it might not be appropriate attire for some offices out there, you can still look sophisticated and stylish on the weekend or at a party in a plaid shirt. A plaid shirt is also an excellent choice when it comes to layering with a plain t-shirt underneath. 

In Closing 

By now, you should have a pretty solid grasp on how to pick an amazing button-down shirt. When you take all of these factors into account, you can choose a shirt that reflects your personal style and priorities. Do this, and you’ll have a fashionable piece of clothing that’ll last you through the ages. 

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