Brooks Brothers has brought back the university-stripe oxford in green rendered in the new-old (as opposed to the old-new) version with unlined collar and $140 price tag.
Brooks has also started making alpha-sized sport shirts the same unlined way and at the same price, but with the chest pocket that was removed on the new-old dress shirt.
Seems like most guys who wear their oxfords without a tie — such as untucked with a pair of shorts, JFK-style — just use their old dress shirts. So I’m not sure what need is being filled by alpha-sizing a dress shirt and calling it a sport shirt. Perhaps it’s a compromise for those who miss the pocket.
But most of us already have a bald spot from too much head-scratching over Brooks.
BTW, I heard from a publicist about the book they’ve got planned for their 200th anniversary next year, which will hopefully have some great archival images. And even though we’re small potatoes to a billion-dollar international apparel company, I’ve asked for a special sneak-peek at the book here at the grassroots level of Ivy-Style.com. I was told a definite maybe. Stay tuned, and stay buttoned-down. — CC