If there’s one style staple I keep returning to over the years, it’s the humble Oxford shirt. Or rather, the ever-versatile Oxford shirt, with the sort of styling potential that runs counter to its humble nature. It’s a stone-cold menswear classic, the kind that gets better with age. And in these casual times, best represented by work Zoom calls day in and day out, you need menswear that can handle the demands of the work day and the demands of the spring season in equal measure. We’ve talked about how to wear a T-shirt for spring, but let’s ramp things up now for good measure. So, enter the Oxford shirt, along with other comfortable and go-anywhere menswear essentials. In fact, today’s Oxford shirt comes from a brand that knows a thing or two about making ’em, and that’d be Alex Mill. Based in NYC, they make quite the versatile shirt for warm weather days ahead, as you’ll soon find out.
How about that, ehh? It’s the right way to get ready for spring, and in these times, that means you’re looking at more road trips, more time spent outdoors and all the fun (and style) that goes with it. Are you hoping to find your new favorite Oxford shirt? That’s what I thought — let’s make it happen.
- The Oxford Shirt: Alex Mill Shirt in Garment-Dyed Oxford, $95 — A garment-dyed Oxford shirt is the casual staple you need for Zoom calls and road trips alike. This one is breezy and effortless, and one of the best men’s shirts to wear this year.
- The T-shirt: Buck Mason Slub Curved Hem Tee, $35 — As ever, this Buck Mason T-shirt is a stone-cold classic, and your new favorite tee for spring layering (and beyond).
- The Jeans: Edwin Maddox Slim Jeans, $168 — The only way to go with this #OOTD is with a pair of the best light wash jeans for spring and summer. That’s casual style to a T.
- The Sneakers: SeaVees Legend Seachange Sneakers, $80 — Sustainable sneakers are the name of the game with the SeaVees Legend, benefitting conservation org Seachange (and looking mighty stylish in the process).
- The Watch: Marathon MSAR Arctic Strap Watch, $700 — This rugged dive watch on a rubber strap is ready for anything you throw at it this season.
- The Hat: Howler Brothers Cottonmouth Snapback Hat, $30 — Have a bit of rugged fun with this #OOTD featuring an eye-catching hat for outdoor excursions and nights around the campfire (ditch the hat at the office, though).
- The Sunglasses: Garrett Leight California Optics Hampton X, $395 — Now, these stylish casual sunglasses are an investment, but they’ll pay off in spades as you wear them all spring and summer long.
- The Everyday Carry: Mission Workshop 500D Drift Tote, $265 — Here’s the best everyday carry bag to take on all your spring and summer excursions (even if that just means summer BBQs or brewery visits).
If you ask me, I’d say this ensemble is casual, cool and ready for just about anything, and it all starts from the ground up with the right accessories, like the best everyday carry bag — but we all know the real star of this look. It’s got to be your new favorite Oxford shirt, the kind you can wear on the aforementioned Zoom call and then out to safely grab patio drinks thereafter. When you team it with other classics, like a Buck Mason T-shirt and the best light wash jeans for spring, you’ve just nailed casual style that works at home, at a BBQ or even at the office on a particularly laidback day.
You’ve got to be prepared for anything nowadays, and items like a rugged dive watch are going to drive home the casual yet do-anything nature of this look. Add in the sustainable the SeaVees Legend for some laidback comfort, accent it with an eye-catching hat for outdoor hangs, and then get a proper pair of stylish casual sunglasses to wrap things up in style. If you’re not able to make this #OOTD work for you, you’re just not doing it right — except now, after reading this post, you’re all set for a stylish-as-heck spring and summer.