Oxford Alternative: The Long-Sleeve Buttondown Knit Shirt

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Are you such a clotheshorse that you’ll remember an outfit you saw on a mannequin a year ago?

Well I remember browsing the Ralph Lauren Rhinelander mansion last spring and spotting an ensemble that made me stop and scrutinize. It was a gold-buttoned navy blazer paired with a white buttondown, no tie. But upon closer inspection, the shirt was not oxford cloth or other dress-shirt material, but the kind of knit fabric you find in a polo shirt. The elegant wool blazer paired with a top that was dress-shirt in form but sport shirt in fabric made for a stylish contrast. The rest of the outfit featured something like seersucker pants and a striped belt, and the whole thing made you want to sip a gin-and-tonic beside a body of water or grass tennis court.

As we never get tired of saying, the combination of formal and casual is one of the chief charms of this genre of dressing. So if you enjoy the unexpected as much as the tried-and-true, consider a the long-sleeved buttondown knit. Here are a few examples from the usual suspects. — CC

Kamakura:

KG971210L

Brooks Brothers:

MP01051_LIGHT-BLUE_2

Ralph Lauren:

rl knit

6 Comments on "Oxford Alternative: The Long-Sleeve Buttondown Knit Shirt"

  1. Shad M. Jeffrey II | June 26, 2016 at 2:04 pm |

    I’ve been quite tempted to try one from Uncle Ralph. The knit fabric stretches just like an ordinary polo shirt so it would be interesting to have that same quality in a sport shirt.

  2. Bags' Groove | June 26, 2016 at 4:25 pm |

    Looking for a bit of the old open-necked, master-of-the-universe action?
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/fashion-and-style/10892629/its-hard-to-have-faith-in-a-man-without-a-tie.html

  3. Hands down, Kamakura. Nice collar!!

  4. I bought one for my grandmother, she loves it. She says it’s very comfortable and sturdy with just the right amount of strechiness. Also Ralph’s has mother-of-pearl buttons.

  5. Chewco L.P. (master) | June 26, 2016 at 6:20 pm |

    I have a few from RL; solid and striped colors. Definitely recommend – especially in this weather. They are stretchy and more comfortable than wearing linen shirts. Don’t expect collars to roll (they won’t).

  6. They’re a great alternative for the man with multiple shirts but just like all tops made out of this cloth, shrinking and yellowing out the underarms on the white ones quickly can become an issue if you’re not the type to obsess over the care of your clothing.

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