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This shirt fell off the radar a bit between my college years and relatively recently. It has been in and out of favour several times over the years. Now these shirts are collarless so giving a different take on the shirt for men. In the past they would have had a removable collar that would have allowed a tie. No longer of course.
Irish country wear in the 1920s is my favourite of the several “origin” stories of the Grandad shirt (this style of shirt has more origin stories than Wolverine). Certainly, The Beatles gave the style a boost after they embraced the cool, collarless shirts on a trip to India in the 1960s. Sgt Pepper’s is 50 years old next June by the way. Mad or what? Now, most of the brands and designers have a version of the style for sale. They are definitely back in style. They work well with other round collars such as bomber jackets. Also really smart with a good pair of denims and loafers or boots in winter.
The Oxford shirt
This does not trace it’s origins back to the university city, but to Scottish Mills in the 19th century. Now the Oxford has a preppy rep and is widely touted as being the shirt you should have if you only have one shirt in your entire earthly belongings. Well, that may indeed be so, but as I hang my head in shame here, I must confide to not owning an Oxford shirt. I know. I should give this whole thing up. As a consequence of my fashion faux pas, I have no photos of me donning one for your perusal. Next!
While we are on the shirts named after renowned bastions of learning and influence, then we might as well discuss the Eton collar. Not a shirt per se (getting pretty scholarly here), but the shape of the collar gives this accoutrement its moniker ( impressed yet?). Oliver Spencer has some really lovely versions on his website. I just like the subtle difference in the curve of the collar and instead of looking like you wore a shirt from the office out to dinner, it looks like you are just a stylish fella. It’s all in the details as always! See the collar below on my patterned shirt-
Thanks for reading and stay stylish!