Worn-in jeans and perfect white T-shirt aside, a dependable white oxford shirt is every man’s best friend. David Coggins, an oxford shirt devotee and author of Men and Style says, “nearly every man looks good in a white oxford.” And he’s right, so long as you find one that fits your body and your style vibe. No simple task, we know. According to Chris Wallace, U.S. editor for Mr Porter, the best ones are “a staple meant to be rugged enough to be taken for granted, balled up and tossed in the wash, dried at whatever temperature, and worn with less of a press than crumpled nonchalance.” To find the best white oxfords, we talked to ten stylish men for their favorites, all of which would make a great Father’s Day gift in case you’re looking for ideas.
Best classic white oxford
Both Coggins and Brad Bennett editor of Well Spent and founder of BDBCreative had this classic oxford on their short lists. “The Milano Fit Oxford is a workhorse of a white shirt. It’s made in North Carolina out of superdense cotton oxford cloth, and it’s actually kind of rough when you first get one. But then, with enough washing and wear, it becomes one of the softest things in your closet.” says Bennett. Coggins called the Milano “the original button down that’s still great.”
Best affordable white oxford
Two of the stylish guys we talked to recommended this slim fit Uniqlo oxford. Griffin Funk, a designer at Apple, likes that for the price this shirt is a solid choice that he has bought over and over again. “This Uniqlo shirt is only $30, and I’ve worn more expensive shirts, but I keep coming back to this one. Simple, smart, and cheap. I look mostly at the size of collar and the placement of the second button. Most other stuff can be adjusted at the tailor if you need.” Funk also likes the Maison Margiela Artisanal Kiss Shirt, which he calls “high art.”
Writer Alex Frank says that the Uniqlo shirt always does the trick when he needs to put his most professional foot forward. “When I want to look just kind of regular, I go to Uniqlo because they pull off that kind of starched-white-shirt look really well. A white shirt is not something I wear all the time, but when I’m trying to look like I’m well-behaved, I’ll choose this one.” says Frank.
Best warm-weather white oxfords
Even if you wear a lot of oxfords, you may not have designated cold and warm-weather options in your closet. According to style blogger Justin Livingston this shirt from Everlane is a hot weather godsend. Made in a lighter material than Everlane’s traditional oxford, it’s designed for warmer weather. “Everlane’s Air Oxford stays true to its name with an extra light fabric woven from thinner yarn, which makes it an indispensable item in any guy’s summer wardrobe,” says Livingston.
If you’d prefer an even lighter oxford, the Everlane Air shirt comes in short sleeves, too.
Another shirt that Livingston says he wears regularly is Buck Mason’s Perfect Oxford One Pocket. “Buck Mason is one of my go-tos for easy-breezy staples and their Oxford shirt is no exception. It’s fitted, lightweight, and maintains wash after wash.”
Best extra-thick white white oxfords
For many men, finding oxfords that are opaque enough without an undershirt is a big challenge. “I spent forever trying to find one that my skin didn’t show through.” says Nathaniel Friedman, editor at Victory Journal. “I finally found this thicker fabric shirt from APC that works.”
If you’ve ever lost a button days after buying a new shirt you know how frustrating it can be. Once Gabriel Guerra, who is an optician at Oliver Peoples, found a shirt with that feels good and has really really secure buttons he didn’t turn back. “Club Monaco is my two go-to oxford shirt because of the quality and the way it feels on. Usually with button-down shirts after a while, the stitching on the buttons will start to fall apart and with this shirt that doesn’t happen,” says Guerra.
Best white oxford for taller guys
Photographer and rug dealer Mikael Kennedy who is over 6-feet tall says that he looks for a combination of fit and price when he’s shopping for button downs “I’m a tall dude, so it’s hard to find shirts that fit properly. And then honestly, the majority of my choice is based on price because I wear them almost as often as I wear white T-shirts. The J.Crew slim fit shirts tend to do the job. They’re not disposable, but they need to not be precious, either. I don’t think I’ve ever spent more than $40 to $60 on a white button down. The shirt I got married in was like $30 on sale. So, I don’t think it matters that much.”
Best slim-but-not-too-slim white oxford
And if you find that most slim-fit shirts fit too slim but most relaxed fit shirts feel too flouncy you might want to give style writer Tyler Watamanuk’s favorite button down a try. Watamanuk calls this shirt from Entire World an “affordable new wave slim fit (not painted on like skinny fits were in 2010).” He also likes that it’s Japanese cotton.
Best band collar white oxford
Another perhaps easier way to stand out in a white button down is to go for a band collar. Livingston likes this one from Asos because it’s under $50 and because it’s a new-ish spin on a classic. Calling it a “price-conscious option that spices up the classic oxford,” he also likes that band collar shirts are easy to dress up or down.
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