Saturday, December 8, 2012

Essential Item: The White Oxford Shirt

Caroline
There is a great BBC radio program called Desert Island Discs to which I listen (via podcasts). On it, guests talk about what eight pieces of music they would bring if trapped on a desert island.

Travelers play a variation of that.  They have to plan, for example, how they might pack if they had to work and play, and be in a variety of social situations, for several weeks, all out of luggage they had to carry themselves over significant distances.

One item that would probably be in everyone's luggage is a white button down oxford shirt.   I was reminded just how perfect they can look today.  Caroline, an avid sailor, is wearing one here.



18 comments:

fGs said...

The question is, what brand of white OCBD is NOT see thru?

Anonymous said...

Couldn't agree more, about shows or shirts. Main problem is that, especially west of the Miss., white oxfords are typically read as "wearing an old dress shirt" (which is of course, if you're doing it right, true.) But explaining seems like compounding the problem. Advice?

JD said...

Could not agree more. Even in the deep south, white OCBD are an essential wardrobe piece for men and women.

Questions about your outfit in the second picture. Have you caught people staring at you while wearing that particular outfit? I seem to draw looks from people when I wear a similar outfit.Just wondered if you had the same experience.

Bitsy said...

@fGs - the white LL Bean washed original oxfords are not see through, and are available in petite, regular and women's sizes, without the hated no-iron finish and at a good price. I agree with Muffy that Ralph Lauren's are also nice, but they are no longer available in petite sizes.

Anonymous said...

Your friend is beautiful and the white oxford is my go-to shirt.

WRJ said...

I agree in theory, but am still a little annoyed from having recently ordered a white Brooks Bros OCBD only to find it flimsy and awkwardly translucent. I was grudgingly permitted to exchange it (it was monogrammed), but I think I still have white oxford PTSD. When I recover, it sounds like PRL is the right choice!

John said...

Lovely! As you know, I strongly advocate oxfords for women: no frills, no fitted or ironic cuts, just the real-deal original. Now if the vendors could just be convinced that straight-leg, regular-rise jeans and khakis are cool. Maybe then the gals could start tucking their oxfords in again. :)

Anonymous said...

Bitsy ( and others), I am a petite 2 or 4 and am 5 ft. tall. I buy the RL boys OCBDs in boys medium or 14, FYI. Took some experimenting. If one can nab the LLBean ones, I agree they are fine as well.

Bethany Hissong said...

Seems I'm the only tall woman who comments on here but Ralph Lauren oxfords for women are too short in the arms and they tend to shrink a lot which makes them worse. I can roll the cuff but still they pull in odd ways. I find myself in men's if I can tuck in the tails but those are long too. I'm ready to go custom!! (p.s. I have a beautiful Caroline at home too!) ;)

Marcus Smith said...

@fgs- I have a white Land's End washed Oxford, and it isn't see through. It wasn't very expensive either, and it seems quite durable.

Although, I must say, my go-to shirt is a blue Oxford. My favorite is my Polo Ralph Lauren one. It works in every situation - today I wore one with khaki shorts, a ball cap, and a ribbon belt, tomorrow, I'll wear it to church with a tie and a blazer. Versatile.

Michael Rowe said...

I'm fascinated to realize, yet again, that the Ralph Lauren experience remains to different for women than it is for men, when it comes to staples. Do women have fewer logos on their RL clothes, or does it just matter less? I've always been curious about that!

Pillar Of Autumn said...

Goodness gracious, what a stunning young lady! And a sailor to boot! Wind, sail and a beautiful woman - now there's an idea for a good novel!

Patsy said...

Caroline is beautiful!

Neither LL Bean nor Land's End oxfords are see-thru.

If regular rise jeans come back, I am going to stop wearing jeans. Nothing looks worse on a middle aged 'gal' than the Mom rise.

Anonymous said...

One of my favorite "can't go wrong" combinations is a white oxford button down shirt and khaki pants. Sometimes, however, I'll substitute a white cotton polo shirt for the OCBD. Other times in summer, I've worn the white polo with khaki shorts, occasionally with an open, untucked denim shirt over that combination.

Anonymous said...

I have owned a number of OCBD shirts over the years from various companies (e.g. RL, Brooks, Bills Khakis). Some of these were great in certain aspects, but the fit has never been quite right for me. I recently purchased a custom white OCBD from New England Shirt Co. through Hubert White in Minneapolis, and it is the best fitting shirt I have ever owned. I was also able to pick all the details, such as a locker loop, box pleat, third collar button and a flap pocket. Just ordered several more through Hubert White, and I'm eagerly awaiting their arrival.

Anonymous said...

What a lovely girl! I adore my RL oxfords. I just added a new one to my collection on Saturday. One can never have too many. White is my favorite. --Holly in PA

Anonymous said...

I have never understood how high waisted pants became "mom rise". How can it be for moms if once upon a time all pants were high waisted? Wouldn't it make more sense to say that low waisted pants are "teenager rise"? And when did looking like a mom become something to be ashamed of?

Mona Vernon said...

On your recommendation and stumbling on an outlet while on vacation, I bought a classic fit RL oxford. It was a bargain at 39.99. I had ordered the same item at Land's End. Both in a size 6. I am returning the Land's End version. I would need a size bigger to get a comparable fit to the RL Oxford. I am also pleased with the RL oxford shirt fit and fabric.Thank you for the advice. Now if only, Brooks Brothers offered many options in classic fit for women: the fitted and tailored shirts are too tight, too short and difficult to wear untucked.