JOE's Style Icons - The Oxford shirt
Shirts should be the building blocks of any man's wardrobe, and few are more versatile than the Oxford
Following yesterday’s worldwide launch of HTC’s most beautifully designed phone yet, the HTC One m8, we continue our evolution of style series by looking at what is a wardrobe essential for any man, the Oxford shirt. A classic piece that works in almost any setting, be it casual or formal, and although they are regularly associated with a pretty preppy look, they are perfect for the summer and the winter.
They started life, as legend has it, in a Scottish mill, where they made a series of shirts named after the world's fanciest and snootiest universities, and the Oxford is the one that seems to have caught on the most. It was part of the attire for Polo players for years, and was an extremely formal piece, but over the years it has become much more relaxed and can be worn in any number of colours and designs, from bright blocks to quirky stripes.
That makes it perfect for matching with a pair of chinos or shorts in the summer with the sleeves rolled up to keep you cool (in both meanings of the word), or for layering up in the winter with cardigans, jumpers and casual jackets to make sure that you can pull off the casual look even through the colder months, just like the King of Cool, Steve McQueen:
Its cousin, the Royal Oxford, is also perfect for more fancy occasions as the name might suggest, and generally tends not to have a button down collar so you can throw a tie on to smarten up too. There's a reason that this iconic shirt is an absolute must-have for the majority of the big-name fashion house, who know that good design is timeless.
This article was brought to you in association with HTC, designers of the HTC One m8, with beautiful design inside and outside, the HTC One m8 is an evolution of the HTC One, the world’s most awarded phone in 2013