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The Oxford Shirt - A Wardrobe Essential Oxford shirts are England's gift to fashion. The oxford shirt is a timeless, versatile and essential part of any fashion conscious man's or woman's wardrobe. Interestingly, oxford shirts are viewed and defined in different ways. One view and definition of the classic oxford shirt is its design as a long sleeved shirt with cuffs and a collar. A more current version of the construction would add a collar that is button down in the front and a split yoke on the back, just below the collar and a pocket on the left breast of the shirt. That description is only part of what makes an oxford shirt an oxford shirt. The more accurate definition focuses on the material an oxford shirt is made from. It is a heavier, loosely spun weave of two fine yarns running the length of the shirt and a heavier yarn running across the shirt that produces a subtle pattern in the cloth. The shirts are usually made from cotton or a cotton blend. Some oxford shirts are made from linen. The plain and pinpoint oxford shirts are popular as casual wear; the royal oxford shirt, on the other hand, is worn for sporty dress, business or more formal occasions, and almost always, with a jacket and tie. These shirts are also favored because of their durability. The oxford shirt's history can be traced back to Great Britain in the early 19th century. The story goes that a Scottish weaver designed the basket weave pattern using natural organic cotton. The cloth was named after Oxford - one of four well known schools. The other three schools were Yale, Stanford and Arlington. Polo teams discovered the material and players wore the shirts when playing because the material was breathable cotton. Americans discovered oxford cloth shirts in the 1950s and were attracted to the shirt's crisp, clean and yet casual style. Part of the shirt's immediate popularity was the way in which the shirt transitioned so many dress code situations, from casual to more dressy occasions requiring a jacket and even a tie. By the 1960s, oxford shirts became synonymous with the classic Ivy League style and look. Today, the oxford shirt is as popular and in style as ever, and the look has expanded to include even more casual combinations. An oxford shirt, tails out, with shorts and sock less shoes or sandals is common, as is a crisp white oxford shirt with blue jeans. Oxford shirts are a timeless essential for any man's wardrobe. More Ideas: http://www.marksandspencer.com/Oxford-Shirts-Shirts-Casual-Mens/b/467089031 http://www.houseofbruar.com/ladieswear-department-artlbe_lwd/ http://www.jacamo.co.uk/shop/page?pageId=3711 http://www.bestinthecountry.co.uk/workwear/shirts/oxford_shirts/10438_0c.html
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