Men’s Fashion: Top Ways to Style the Classic Oxford Shirt in 2020
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Men’s Fashion: Top Ways to Style the Classic Oxford Shirt in 2020

The oxford shirt traces all the way back to, surprisingly, Scotland. The cloth fabric used for the shirt was first invented during the 19thcentury in Scotland, and it was named for Oxford University (basically the Harvard of England). 

According to GQ, one of the things that’s made the white oxford button down so popular for decades is the ability to wear it anywhere – from a backyard barbecue to a job interview, wedding, or funeral. Wear it untucked for a relaxed look. Keep it sharp and formal with a crisp ironing job. Even better, you won’t have to empty your wallet to score a great fitting one to add to your wardrobe. 

Stock up on oxfords for 2019 – we’ve put together some of the top ways to style the classic staple this spring. 

Wear it Over a T-Shirt

The shirt was very formal originally, but according to Fashion Beans, these days it’s perfectly acceptable to toss on your oxford shirt over a t-shirt for a loose, casual look. Of course, you don’t want to portray a surly teen look, so make sure you keep the t-shirt plain and ensure your oxford shirt has a nice fit so it’s not too baggy. 

A white t-shirt, burgundy or blue oxford, and a pair of black or dark wash jeans provide the perfect balance for a casual, cool look.

NORDSTROM Men's 1901 Trim Fit Stripe Short Sleeve Button-Down Shirt, Size Medium - Burgundy -40%

NORDSTROM Men's 1901 Trim Fit Stripe Short Sleeve Button-Down Shirt, Size Medium - Burgundy

$59 $35.70
G.H. Bass & Co. G.H. Bass Long Sleeve Twill Plaid Button Down Shirt | Male | Burgundy Multi | L

G.H. Bass & Co. G.H. Bass Long Sleeve Twill Plaid Button Down Shirt | Male | Burgundy Multi | L

$69.00

The Oxford and Chinos

Bonobos Men's Tailored Fit Stretch Washed Cotton Chinos

Bonobos Men's Tailored Fit Stretch Washed Cotton Chinos

$98.00

People like Fred Astaire began wearing the oxford shirt in more casual ways in the late 1950s, and today the shirt offers a great business casual look that’s perfect for work and other business casual occasions. Effortless Gent calls the shirt an office-ready, effortless piece to have in your work wardrobe, and it pairs well with chinos and a tie in any color. 

Stick with a slim fit shirt to keep it work-friendly. Add a pair of wingtips or brown cap toe shoes to complete your outfit. 

Go Classy with Suit Separates 

If there’s one man who knows how to make a white oxford look classy, it’s George Clooney. Whether it wears it alone with the collar unbuttoned or he pairs it up with a blazer or full suit, he always looks classy. 

Want to adopt his classy look? Wear your oxford with suit separates. Suit separates in corduroy or cotton twill look great with the coarse finish weave of the Oxford, and it’s a look that’s a little more casual than wearing the shirt with a full two-piece.

Toughen it Up 

For another fun way to style the versatile oxford shirt, get some inspiration from David Beckham and toughen it up with rougher pieces. Beckham chose to layer his oxford beneath a tough, black leather jacket

Another option is to wear it with jeans, layer it with a Borg-collar jacket, and then finish off the outfit with a pair of leather boots.

Polo Ralph Lauren Men's Leather Jacket

Polo Ralph Lauren Men's Leather Jacket

$698.00
Polo Ralph Lauren Men's Cafe Racer Leather Jacket

Polo Ralph Lauren Men's Cafe Racer Leather Jacket

$698.00
Valentino Men's Leather Jacket, Size 50 EU - Black

Valentino Men's Leather Jacket, Size 50 EU - Black

$3,950.00
ALLSAINTS Men's Lark Leather Jacket, Size Small - Black

ALLSAINTS Men's Lark Leather Jacket, Size Small - Black

$498.00
ALLSAINTS Men's Milo Leather Biker Jacket, Size Small - Black

ALLSAINTS Men's Milo Leather Biker Jacket, Size Small - Black

$498.00
Bottega Veneta Men's Leather Moto Jacket, Size 46 EU - Black

Bottega Veneta Men's Leather Moto Jacket, Size 46 EU - Black

$4,900.00
Saint Laurent Men's Leather Moto Jacket, Size 50 EU - Black

Saint Laurent Men's Leather Moto Jacket, Size 50 EU - Black

$4,990.00
HUGO BOSS - Bomber Jacket In Nappa Leather - Black

HUGO BOSS - Bomber Jacket In Nappa Leather - Black

$795.00
Andrew Marc Men's Wendell Racer Leather Jacket Men  In Black, Size M

Andrew Marc Men's Wendell Racer Leather Jacket Men In Black, Size M

$625.00
Andrew Marc Men's Trail Master Leather Motorcycle Jacket Men  In Black, Size Xl

Andrew Marc Men's Trail Master Leather Motorcycle Jacket Men In Black, Size Xl

$795.00
Andrew Marc Men's Kilmer Leather Jacket Men  In Black, Size M

Andrew Marc Men's Kilmer Leather Jacket Men In Black, Size M

$695.00
John Varvatos Wire Collar Leather Jacket

John Varvatos Wire Collar Leather Jacket

$1,898.00
Porsche Design Titan Structured Leather Bomber

Porsche Design Titan Structured Leather Bomber

$1,900.00
BELSTAFF DENESMERE LEATHER JACKET Black US 34 /

BELSTAFF DENESMERE LEATHER JACKET Black US 34 /

$1,195.00
BELSTAFF RISER LEATHER JACKET Black

BELSTAFF RISER LEATHER JACKET Black

$995.00
BELSTAFF GANGSTER 2.0 JACKET Black US 40 /

BELSTAFF GANGSTER 2.0 JACKET Black US 40 /

$1,695.00
BELSTAFF FAIRING LEATHER MOTORCYCLE JACKET Black US 4 /

BELSTAFF FAIRING LEATHER MOTORCYCLE JACKET Black US 4 /

$995.00
BELSTAFF SIDNEY 3.0 JACKET Black US 6 /

BELSTAFF SIDNEY 3.0 JACKET Black US 6 /

$1,295.00

Pair it with Shorts

As the days get warmer this spring, Real Men Real Style suggests pairing your oxford shirt with a pair of shorts. Shorts look great with a white or pastel oxford. You may even want to choose a short-sleeved button-down with your shorts. If you’re going to wear it tucked in, make sure your shorts fit well. 

Another option is to wear the shirt untucked. Just make sure your shirt isn’t too long so you don’t end up with a sloppy look. Complete your outfit with leather moccasins and your favorite sunglasses.

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