Quote: Tom Ford

“You can be what would be considered in our culture unattractive and have great style. You can have no money and have great style. You can have a lot of money and have great style, more often you have a lot of money and have terrible style and you just plaster yourself in what you think you should be wearing and you’ve lost yourself.” -Tom Ford (Check out a documentary of Tom Ford here: http://vimeo.com/33599333)

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Rare James Dean Photo

This is a photo of James Dean floating around the blogosphere:

It’s popular because he’s wearing a cutaway collar with a v-neck sweater, a combination that is rare. The photo itself, however, is unique because A) he’s not wearing a leather jacket, and B) there are no black colours in his attire. Regardless, its a great shot.

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Essentials: The Oxford Shirt

Most, if not all, style website’s have lists of essential articles of clothing that every man should either have, or, consider purchasing (for instance: http://putthison.com/post/712103418/the-essential-mans-wardrobe-perhaps-the-most and http://asuitablewardrobe.dynend.com/2006/11/suitable-wardrobe.html). The number of items on these lists is not always the same (some have 10, while others may have an upwards of 25), and so too does the actual items on said lists. For instance, one website may argue that every man should have a solid coloured knit tie, while another site may purport that no wardrobe is complete without a pair of denim khakis. Not every man should own these two particular items, and few probably do, but one item of clothing that is a mainstay on all “essential” clothing lists is the oxford shit.

Typically deemed as a dress shirt, the oxford is a button down shirt usually composed of cotton material. Need Supply Co., a vintage boutique based in Richmond, Virginia, sums up the composition of oxford shirts very well: “Originally made of only cotton, Oxford cloth utilizes a warp that that combines two fine filaments that are woven together to create a basket weave pattern that is sturdy but still allows the fabric to breathe. In fact, the material gets its name from the term that defines the process, which is referred to as the Oxford weave” (http://blog.needsupply.com/2010/04/28/history-lesson-the-oxford-shirt/).

Oxford shirts come in a variety of colours, but the most common colour is white because it can be used in many different settings, including formal and non-formal affairs. It is true that this colour of the oxford shirt should be a part of your wardrobe, but another colour that ought to receive your attention as well is the blue cotton oxford shirt. Blue is one of the primary colours that can be paired with almost any article of clothing and can be used throughout each season. Thus, if your searching for a shirt that will get a lot of use, gets better with time, and can be matched with almost any piece of clothing you own, look no further than a blue oxford shirt.

Here are a few images of  oxford shirts alone and paired with other items:

 

The price range for oxford shirts vary from $20 to $75.

Until next time,

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