Oxford shirts are the plain-white tee of the button up world. Seemingly every menswear brand worth their weight makes one. The shirts are made with a simple woven fabric that go well either in the office paired with good chinos, or out on the weekend with a more casual outfit. And for the most part, they don’t vary all too much. When it comes to both cut and fabric used, Oxford shirts tend to be pretty straightforward. So how, in a market where so many of the picks look similar, can you pick out the best?
The criteria we used in our roundup here was pretty simple. First we searched out well made Oxford shirts – no cheapo fabrics and bad stitching. Second, we paired down our picks to those from brands we trust (and a few we think you may not have come across yet). Yup. That’s about it. Not a whole lot of magic going on behind the curtain here. That being said – take a look through our list of the best Oxford shirts for men and try and tell us it isn’t helpful in trying to track down a new pair for yourself.
Uniqlo Oxford Long-Sleeve Shirt
If you’re looking to build out a daily uniform for work without breaking the bank, Uniqlo’s Oxford shirt is a great pick. Their button-down Oxford is made from a pure cotton and cut for a simple, slim look that is just as good a fit for the office or casual days out on the town.
RVCA Boy’s That’ll Do Oxford
A cotton and polyester blend Oxford shirt with a classic, slim cut and button-down collars. All things said it’s just about as straightforward as you can get with an Oxford shirt. The skate and surf brand didn’t have to add a whole lot of spin to this stalwart piece to make it stand out.
Penfield Oxford Shirt
If you’re looking for a summery Oxford for more casual wear outside of work or formal occasions, this one from Penfield is sure to fit the bill. The shirt features a traditional cotton Oxford fabric washed for softness, as well as contrasting faux pearl buttons to catch the eye. This combined with the detail around the left breast pocket make the short sleeve shirt a subtly fun pick.
J.Crew Slim American Pima Cotton Oxford
What better brand to get an Oxford shirt from than the kings of prep, J.Crew. Their shirt with a button-down collar is made from an American Pima cotton that gives the fabric a soft, almost luxurious feel. This is in part because the fibers of that Pima cotton are longer – making the fabric longer lasting and softer. A no brainer pick to be sure.
Batch Royal Oxford Shirt
A light shirt made from a pure cotton pinpoint Oxford fabric and cut for a closer but unrestrictive fit. The yoke of the shirt features a middle seam down the middle of the collar, providing a unique look. And as the name of the brand suggests, each shirt is handmade in limited batches of 20 or less to ensure quality.
Mott and Bow Slim Button Down Collar
Oxford shirts are not exactly the most ideal for wearing during the summer. Mott & Bow’s, however, are lightweight enough to wear comfortably even on the steamiest days. Their new line of Oxford shirts are made from a pure cotton fabric from the Italian company Albiate 1830. To top off the good quality fabric and attractive slim but unconstricting fit, the shirts are a part of Mott & Bow’s signature transparent pricing.
Polo Ralph Lauren Cotton Oxford
Polo Ralph Lauren’s green cotton button up is just about the platonic ideal of an Oxford shirt. It boasts a simple, classic fit, an uncomplicated fabric, and button down collars. Built to last, it’ll be there in your wardrobe year in and year out.
Buck Mason Light Blue Perfect Oxford
An American made Oxford shirt built to go just as well with a pair of sneakers or some well polished dress shoes. Made with a 5.2 ounce yard-dyed cotton, the shirt has been cut for a looser fit that is closer to the body in all the right places. Looks great either ironed or hang-dryed.
Taylor Stitch Jack In Army Everyday Oxford
Taylor Stitch knows shirts. In fact, when the Bay Area brand started out in the mid-aughts their main mission was to make a better button-up than anyone else. It’s maybe not surprising then that their Everyday Oxford is really one of the best out there. Made with a 6 ounce Japanese rugby Oxford fabric, the shirt boasts both a soft feel and a tough enough build to be used week after week, and year after year.
Filson Rustic Oxford Shirt
If you’re looking for a shirt that is truly meant for everyday wear, Filson’s Oxford shirt made from 3.9 ounce cotton fabric is definitely one to consider. The shirt boasts a spread-collar, a cream and dark brown look to it, and a longer sleeve placket for an easier time rolling up your sleeve. A solid pick from a great American brand.
Gant Slim Fit Oxford
More than just another piece in their menswear lineup, Gant claims the fitted Oxford shirt to be an ‘icon’ of their brand. It features an embroidered shield along the chest for a classically preppy look, and a high quality cotton Oxford fabric built to be comfortable enough for everyday wear in or out of the office.
Club Monaco Oxford Shirt
With this shirt, Club Monaco doesn’t try to switch things up or re-invent the form. They simply stuck to the classic look and turned out a solid, pure cotton shirt ideal for any kind of wear. Can you really ask for all that much more?
Our Legacy 50’s Shirt in Black Oxford
Made from a linen and cotton blend, this Oxford from Our Legacy may be among the most comfortable on the list. Along with the classic cut and fit, the lightweight and soft fabric makes it nearly perfect for warm weather wear. And to top it off, the shirt boasts details like metallic buttons, a round hem, and button down collar.
Brooks Brothers Traditional Fit Oxford
This Oxford shirt from Brooks Brothers embodies all of the characteristics from its Red Fleece collection. It features a more modern fit with slimmer proportions but doesn’t end up constricting the wearer. Along with the quality cut to the shirt, this sport shirt is made from selvedge Oxford cotton made on an antique shuttle loom in Japan that give the shirt a totally unique look.
Gitman Brothers Button Down Oxford Blue
It stands to reason that Gitman knows a thing or two about Oxford shirts. After all, they’ve been making them since 1978. What you get when you pick up one of these expensive shirts is a button-down that has had every detail poured over. From the barrel cuff to the spacing of the buttons and the quality of the soft fabric – this piece leaves very little to be desired.
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