What Is an Oxford Dress Shirt?

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An Oxford dress shirt is a really great style of shirt for a few specific occasions. Find out about an Oxford dress shirt with help from a fashion professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, this is Katrina Zarate from Funsie Studios, and today we're gonna be going over what a Oxford style shirt is. You may have seen that term apply to both men's and women's fashion and it has a lot of different cuts to it so you'll notice a lot of different collar shapes, some full button-downs, some that may even have tails and wondering why that is. Well, it's because oxford style shirts actually have to do with the type of fabric you use which is called Oxford cloth. This cloth typically is a 100 percent cotton, nowadays you're gonna see a lot blends, you can check the tags to see what yours may be. These blends are usually polyester and you'll notice some other synthetics I've seen them made out of 100 percent polyester. The real key here is the type of weave being used, it's something called a basket weave. So when you touch the fabric you're gonna feel it's a little bit elevated, it's also pretty soft and it's really breathable. This breathability makes it a ideal fabric choice for summer and spring formal wear. In addition it's incredibly durable so you can throw it in the washer, you can throw it in the dryer, you can bring out, hang it up and it's ready to go. It's one of those rare dress formal shirts you don't have to starch however you can starch it if you choose, if you're out of time don't worry you'll be fine. Typically it's worn with jackets and ties, nowadays you're gonna see a dress down a lot with jeans for that more casual look. While they were traditionally just white you'll also see a lot of colors and a lot of patterns now I've even seen it with a Hawaiian print. So the next time someone asks you what an Oxford style shirt is you'll know. Thanks for watching, this is Katrina for Funsie Studios.

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