The Best Oxford Shirts for Men, Tested by Style Experts

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Best Overall

Ralph Lauren Garment-Dyed Oxford Shirt

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  • Timeless appeal
  • Flattering fit on various body types
  • Looks great untucked and tucked
  • Comes in many vibrant colors

We gave more than 30 different oxford shirts a test run, but Ralph Lauren’s offering stole the top spot, thanks to its timeless style, ultra-soft feel and versatile wear. Since day one, the preppy American brand cemented its button-down as a signature piece of the Polo collection, and this still rings true today. With options in classic and slim fits, it caters to various body types and style preferences, ensuring you get a flattering look.

During our trial, we found tons of ways to wear it. For work, our fashion editors have paired it with chinos or dress pants and threw on a blazer. Going out to happy hour with friends? Leave it untucked over your favorite jeans or shorts and roll up the sleeves for an effortless vibe.

While the coloring may rub off onto fabrics and upholstery, this shirt is built to last. The garment-dyed process gives each shirt a unique, lived-in look with rich, vibrant colors that fade beautifully over time, adding charm and a vintage feel to your wardrobe.

Read More: Best Polo Shirts for Men

Material 100% Cotton
Fit Classic, Slim
Colors 14

Best Casual

Taylor Stitch The Jack Everyday Slim Oxford Shirt

The Jack Everyday Slim Oxford Shirt

  • Hefty weight
  • Vertical stripes elongate your frame
  • Looks great in casual settings
  • Might be too casual for formalwear

Unlike some fancy oxford shirts meant solely for buttoned-up events, Taylor Stitch’s version fairs better in casual settings. It has a relaxed fit, button-down collar, and even a handy patch pocket. Plus its vertical stripes makes you look taller, and gives a laid-back vibe that’s spot on grabbing beers with pals or catching a live concert.

Compared to other shirts we’ve tested, this shirt has a substantial weight to it—like 6 oz of sturdy cotton fabric that holds up wash after wash. Since it’s quite hefty, it’s probably better suited for shoulder season than summer. The cut is slim-not-too tight, so you’ve got room to move without looking untidy.

Material 100% organic cotton
Fit Slim
Colors 7

Best Oxford Shirt with Stretch

Bonobos Everyday Oxford Shirt

Everyday Oxford Shirt

  • Made with mechanical stretch
  • Breathable
  • Comes in four different fits: slim, tailored, standard and athletic
  • Not as durable as other shirts

There’s nothing better than an oxford shirt that feels like butter. Enter Bonobos’ version, which feels dreamy on the skin. It’s made from cotton that’s super soft and breathable, keeping you comfy all day. Unlike other oxford shirts in this list, this one is super flexible—thanks to the mechanical stretch blend. Our editors love this particular cut because you can reach, bend and move easily without sacrificing that classic fit. Speaking of which, you can choose between four different fits: slim, tailored, standard and athletic.

During our testing, we found it looks sharpest untucked with a pair of navy or beige trousers. Other nice details include the two buttons on the cuff that give you a customized fit around the wrist.

Material 100% Cotton with Mechanical Stretch
Fit Tailored, Slim, Standard, Athletic
Colors 17

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The Original Oxford

Brooks Brothers American-Made Oxford Cloth Button-Down Dress Shirt

American-Made Oxford Cloth Button-Down Dress Shirt

  • Streamlined fit
  • Designed for a wide range of body types
  • Classic design
  • Expensive for a cotton shirt

Brooks Brothers, the OG oxford shirt maker, has rolled out many variations of its marquee top in the past century, but you can’t beat a classic. Take this pink number. It’s simple, has clean lines and versatile wear, making it suitable for both casual and formal settings. We found that rolling up sleeves can make it even more relaxed and suitable for a weekend brunch or art exhibit.

One of the best details is the stiff collar, which holds its shape and makes you look like you stepped out of a fashion magazine. Even though it’s on the dressier side, you can totally rock it with dark jeans and still look sharp. Plus, pink is for confident guys who aren’t afraid to shake up the usual color palette.

Material 100% Cotton
Fit Slim, Regular, Traditional
Colors 3

Most Comfortable Oxford Shirt

Everlane The Classic Oxford Shirt

The Classic Oxford Shirt

  • Incredibly soft
  • Relaxed fit is still dressy
  • Might be too casual for formalwear

Need an oxford shirt that’s comfy through and through? Everlane’s standard fit version stands out as a solid contender. For starters, it’s made from organic cotton material, which is softer than regular cotton, thanks to the longer fibers. In terms of appearance, it strikes a perfect balance between rugged and refined, making it versatile for various occasions. Despite its elevated look, it maintains a lived-in feel that adds character to the piece. During our testing, we found the fit to be roomy in the body, but not too oversized to where its excess fabric makes the garment look ill-fitted or sloppy. Our editors have paired this option with their best chinos and casual shoes.

Material 100% organic cotton
Fit Standard
Colors 7

Best Slim Fit Shirt

Todd Snyder Slim Fit Favorite Oxford Shirt

Slim Fit Favorite Oxford Shirt

  • Tailored, but not tight
  • Broken-in look
  • Locker loop on the back of the shirt

If you prefer a slim fit oxford that looks super polished, check out Todd Snyder’s charcoal version. It’s ideal to wear to the office or dinner parties. The brand didn’t skimp on the details. The embroidered gussets offer added room for comfort, a collar back button ensures a neat appearance, a button-through chest pocket adds utility, and a loop on the back that provides convenience for hanging in the gym locker. We found that the fabric is not too stiff and gets better after being broken in a bit. The medium weight is just enough for it to be worn year round. In other words, it provides enough warmth for cooler days, while remaining breathable for warmer weather.

Material 100% Cotton
Fit Slim
Colors 3

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Best Lightweight Shirt

Buck Mason California Oxford One Pocket Shirt

California Oxford One Pocket Shirt

  • Super airy and breathable
  • Wicks away moisture to keep you dry
  • Box pleat offers range of motion
  • Doesn’t hold us as long as other shirts

Most oxford shirts we tested are too heavy to wear during the summer. That’s not the case with this Buck Mason option. At just 3 oz, it’s light enough to keep you from sweating bullets, making it more airy than the Taylor Stitch one. The magic is in the fabric—a blend of cotton and Tencel. Cotton keeps it breathable, while Tencel wicks away moisture, so you stay cool and dry even on the hottest days of the season.

Our style editors are big fans. They found it looks clean untucked with chinos or shorts, meaning it’s versatile enough for a dinner date or park picnic. The mother of pearl buttons add a touch of class, and there’s a convenient pocket for your sunglasses, which is perfect for those sunny days out. Plus, the box pleat in the back isn’t just for show—it gives you extra room to move, so you’re not feeling restricted.

Material Cotton-Tencel
Fit Classic
Colors 3

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Ted Stafford is the Fashion Director of Men’s Health. He oversees all style and fashion content for the brand, and also styles their fashion stories. His active lifestyle informs his passion for translating great designs into real-life style, a favorite part of his job. Prior to joining Men’s Health he worked at GQ magazine and Calvin Klein

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