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The Oxford Shirt A Portrait of a Cultural Icon


The Oxford shirt is an undisputed classic, a timehonoured wardrobe essential firmly planted in Ben Sherman’s heritage. Adopted by almost every youth culture or style movement of the last 5 decades, there’s no disputing this garment has stood the sartorial test of time.

In 1963, our founder Ben Sherman returned from his time in the USA, with a mission to change the face of British shirting. Ben Sherman’s plan worked. He brought the Oxford shirt to the UK and the Mod scene flocked to it, claiming it as their own, and cementing the shirt’s place as a garment of great cultural importance.

Put simply, there had never been anything on the English scene quite like it. The Ben Sherman shirt was revolutionary, and so was the ‘mod movement’. Through fashion and music combined, London and Britain were cool again, and with the swinging 60’s in full flow, the atmosphere euphoric.

But what makes the Oxford shirt so special?

Our Oxford cotton is made from long staple yarn, with two yarns weaved together to make the shirt strong and durable, yet still soft.

The two-finger button down makes a statement. The spade pocket adds a level of informality, making it the perfect smart casual garment. The branded tab to said pocket makes the Ben Sherman button down instantly recognisable.

We weave our Oxfords with two colours, giving it its unique marled shade. The stitched box pleat and locker loop are a subtle nod to the shirt’s Ivy League heritage.

The Oxford shirt is infinitely versatile. Buy a well-fitting Oxford shirt, and it will be your go to no matter what the occasion.

For that laidback look, team with selvedge jeans and sneakers and leave untucked. For that formal wedding, ditch the tie and pair your Oxford shirt with your favourite Mod-fit suit. Pair with a crew-neck jumper, jeans and brogues to master the office/ meeting look.

From casual to formal, the Oxford shirt can be worn to suit any style; it’s a classic and seasonless wardrobe essential which shouldn’t be underestimated. No well-considered wardrobe is complete without a reliable Oxford shirt.

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