The Oxford Button-Down

The Oxford Button-Down
The Oxford Button-Down The Oxford Button-Down

The Oxford Button Down

We are often asked what is an Oxford shirt. In essence, it is all about the cloth: Cotton, of course, woven in a basket weave style with contrasting threads. It is both breathable and durable but also soft to the touch. It was named after Oxford University - reportedly there were also cloths named after Cambridge and other universities, such as Harvard and Yale, but the Oxford cloth was the only one to endure. We are not surprised!

Its popularity started in the days of the Raj, when polo players turned to its hard-wearing but breathable properties. And it was these same sportsmen who added the button to the collar to stop it flapping as they rode. But it was the Hollywood film stars of the 50's and the mods of the 60's Britain who embraced the Oxford Button-Down and turned it into a fashion staple. There has never been a more versatile item of clothing.