Today I’m starting a new “Ways to Wear” series for my blog! Lately I’ve been thinking about producing more resourceful and timeless content on this site and this is one of my new ideas. From hereon, I’m aiming to write a style tips post at least once a week. Hope you all enjoy, and I would really appreciate any feedback!
The White Oxford Shirt
In this debut post I will be talking about one of my favourite men’s essentials – the White Oxford Shirt. Not to be confused with dress shirts, the Oxford Shirt is composed of a heavier and thicker cotton fabric that is more casual. This shirt originates from English school uniforms and is now still recognized as an iconic preppy piece. It shares the clean and polished look of a classic dress shirt while being more comfortable and easy to wear. So if you don’t have a linen shirt in your closet this summer, the Oxford shirt is a great substitute.
The Oxford shirt I’m wearing in this post is from Gap; I bought it last summer when they first started released their Modern Oxford shirts. This same shirt is selling at regular price now because it’s a classic item. The fit of this shirt is slim and its length is not too long, so I can wear it untucked without looking sloppy. I actually like this shirt so much that I own it in three different colours!
Look #1: SoCal
This first look is inspired by Southern California menswear. Down in California, it’s common to see guys wear tees and shorts topped off with an open dress shirt. Here, the shirt functions kind of like a jacket and adds an extra polished touch to this casual look. The tip here is to choose a shirt that’s not too long to avoid looking sloppy; a good length would be about an inch or an inch and a half below the waist.
Look #2: Boardwalk
It may be counter-intuitive to wear long pants while walking by the shore, but I actually do so because it can get chilly with the ocean breeze. The best pants to wear in this case would be linen or chambray pants since they’re light and nonrestrictive. I typically like wearing them rolled up with flip flops for the ultimate laid-back look.
Look #3: Patio Party
Dressing up for the summer can be tough due to the heat, so this past season I’ve been thankful for the new shorts suit trend. For a patio party or a summer wedding, I’d wear an oxford shirt with a light seersucker blazer, khaki shorts, and horsebit loafers. This look is fresh, clean, and most importantly, comfortable.
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