Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Reader Question: The Right Shade of Oxford Blue

Left to Right - Mercer & Sons; Newer Brooks Brothers; Old Sero; F.L. Woods; Old Brooks Brothers - Photo by Salt Water New England
A Reader Question for the Community:
I admit I am way too picky about the shade of blue in my oxford shirts.  I have not bought high quality shirts because the blue was too dark or too light.  The right shade of blue starts bright and crisp, and softens and lightens over time.   It is one of those things that no one notices, but it changes the feel of an outfit, at least for me.  Do other SWNE readers think this way, or am I totally alone? Is there a favorite blue, and where do people get it?
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19 comments:

  1. Totally agree, very important. As for me -- going by the picture -- the right colour, or my preferred anyway, is the second shirt from the bottom. Bright and crisp as you say, but still tastefully muted and not shocking.

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    1. Though my LLBean is closest to Old BB, I, too, prefer that FL Woods.

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    2. It's interesting how other people see things differently. Out of all those blues, I see the F.L. Woods blue as the least appealing. It looks far too bright for an Oxford shirt. It makes the shirt look more like a cotton/linen mix shirt. If I was picking out one of those shirts to wear, I'd probably go for the old Sero.

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  2. I have a blue shirt in each of those colors. I wear the one on top of the stack. It is surprising to me how many blue shirts I have. They are all similar and pretty interchangeable.

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  3. I prefer the F.L. Woods model (second from the bottom). My Lands'End Sail Rigger and Hyde Park Oxford's are very similar shade of blue.

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  4. Never get tired of the RL Yarmouth or their RL pinpoint oxford blue shirts.

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  5. I switched from blue to white and can't believe how much better I look.

    Minimalist Trad

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  6. J Press OCBD Patch Pocket is closet to Old B2

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    1. Yes I would agree. The Old B2 is wonderful. Not too bright and not as 'grey' as the current.

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  7. True preference? Old BB for me by a long way — yet really they'd all be OK most days. However Mercer and New BB come in last, being too dark for my taste.

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  8. Definitely the Sero. Too bad you can't find them these days. My summer "uniform", as my wife calls it, consists of 10" khaki short and a blue oxford. Like others, I have several from different shirk makers, but generally go with my Lands' EndMen's Sail Rigger Oxford Shirt (traditional fit). It has a heavier weight than most oxfords, but the cut is a little bit shorter than most dress shirts, which I prefer in shirts that I wear un-tucked. And, when purchased on-sale, especially in Oct-Nov., when they run 40-50% off, on top of sale prices, its not uncommon for me to get one for $15-20. Whattah bahghan.

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  9. Michael Spencer, right color and fabric weight.
    "Hand" as they say within the trade.
    Plus you still get a locker loop & button on back
    collar just like the ocbd's of old.

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  10. I agree with "Minimalist Trad":
    White is right, when it comes to OCBDs.
    Historically, Oxford cloth was originally white, before they came up with blue to hide the grime.

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  11. Unable to edit typo. Re-post: Color is in the eye of the beholder. Whatever floats your boat. However, if you just want a shirt then F.L. Woods, Lands End, or a BB is your choice. If you want the best damn OCBD in any color, there is only a Mercer soft collar.

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  12. Brooks Brothers or Mercer and Sons, oxford cloth button down, breast pocket, unlined collar, single button on the cuff, no button on the sleeve placket, no starch, a little fraying is fine, slightly faded is fine, slightly wrinkled is fine.

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  13. the brooks brothers 'original polo' and michael spencer blue oxford cloth shirts are very similar in color and what I think of as the 'traditional' blue oxford. michael spencer's cloth is more substantial, and brooks doesn't have a pocket, mildly annoying. haven't had a mercer blue oxford in person,, but the swatches look similar to these. proper cloth's blue is a lighter shade.

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  14. Since everyone's computer or mobile phone monitor will differ in color representation, it's not very helpful to cite a preferred shade of blue in the photo above. I prefer a shade of gray in my blue OCBDs. I'd like to try a Mercer soon.

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