The Essential Cotton Shirt Every Man Should Own – The GANT Oxford Shirt

I seldom smile. Unless am pleased with the way I turned out for the day.

I consider the Oxford shirt a quintessential part of every man’s wardrobe. They are clearly classic and versatile, low maintenance and extremely comfortable. – Al Claudius

I love the detailing on the GANT oxford shirt. Take for instance, the top button. The colored outline is subtle and maybe nobody will notice. But you will know it’s there.

Oxford shirts are actually made out of oxford cloth; a thick and densely woven cotton which is highly resilient and hard-wearing. The Oxford shirt originated in England with polo players using buttons to keep the collars of their shirts from flapping in the wind during the game. Which is perhaps why them come with button down collars still.


You can dress it up as much as you can go casual with it. Dare I say, it can also be worn under a suit. However, they are in their element in casual situations. Be it a drink with buds or a weekend brunch with family. The Oxford Shirt looks good with shorts, denims, chinos or trousers for that matter.

See the collar locker loop? There is a reason they put it there. Go on, throw on a neck tie or better still, a bow tie.

Over the years, Oxford shirts have changed for the better. They retain their classic attributes like the collar locker loop and come with slimmer fits these days. They also ventured beyond the light blue standard and now come in a range of colors and prints.

Every guy needs an arsenal of go-to shirts in his wardrobe and a blue oxford is right up there with the best of them. When I picked mine up, I decided to instead go with pink.


When I went in to pick a pair of socks at the GANT store, I fell in love. I tried on their iconic button-down shirt in a slim-fit, a GANT embroidered shield on the chest pocket with a locker loop at the back of the collar. It is one of the many good outfit options GANT brought in as part of their Fall/Winter 2014 collection.

If you prefer playing it safe, I would recommend you go with the light blue Oxford from GANT. It should be one of your wardrobe staples. Just promise you will wear it with a tie at least once?

Oxford Shirts aren’t meant to be ironed. They are rough wearing shirts that can take quite the beating. Much like the bad-ass I would like to think I am!

Photographer : Jonathan Isacsson is an independent film maker. He recently directed a short film (Dark Comedy) that showed in Mumbai cinemas, titled Revenge.

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Chinos and Deck Shoes make for perfect companions to the GANT Oxford Shirt

What are your thoughts on the quintessential shirt? Let me know in the comments tab. I would love to hear from you.

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