Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Ralph Lauren Women’s Oxford Shirts: Classic Fit vs Skinny Fit

Women's Classic Fit Oxford
The best oxford shirts for women are Ralph Lauren's Classic Fit and Skinny Fit. But although they share the same soft oxford cloth fabric, the same benchmark construction (see Oxford Shirts: The Ten Commandments ), and at first glance they may look the same, the two styles have distinct differences and can be worn differently.

The Classic Fit has just the right proportions and falls well if one wishes to wear it untucked. It is very comfortable.   It looks best with sleeves rolled up, and paired with khakis and either Topsiders or a pair of Hanna Andersson wooden clogs.

Women's Classic Fit Oxford

Almost every aspect of the Skinny Fit, on the other hand, falls under the “more narrow” description. This includes the placket, the collar and mostly, the overall fit. The single worst visual aspect of the Skinny Fit oxford shirt are the “back darts” that span the entire length of the shirt. It does achieve the goal of slimming the silhouette, but at the great expense of comfort, and when worn alone, looks. However, there is a good  use: if one wants to wear an oxford under a sweater, the Skinny Fit can work well, where the Classic Fit may simply be too bulky.


Sarah said...

I love that bracelet.

preppy debutante said...

I love your pink clogs. I just found your blog & bookmarked it-love your postings!

Emma said...

Love their oxfords. I am still wearing three that are close to 10 years old (for context, I am 28).

Anonymous said...

My girlfriend found the classic fit far too roomy, so we went with the skinny fit, but she is both small-framed and petite. So we are greatnly obliged for your comments about the cut and sizing.


Astral Farmer said...

Muffy, I cannot find the oxford classic fit online. If you have any advise on where I might find these shirts please do tell!

Anonymous said...

I need your opinion about the Ralph Lauren oxford shirt as i always wear maxi skirts , then which is more suitable : the classic or the slim fit?

Mona Vernon said...

Thank for recommending this classic fit shirt for me in a 6. A great staple indeed. However, in my case, perhaps because of my chest size, the fitted style in a 8, is a miss even for under a sweater. To make the chest work, the resulting tail flares awkwardly. I am sticking with the classic fit which is always well-priced in the outlet stores.