The Esquire Color Quotient – WHITE
Gap New Oxford – $44.50 | Converse Jack Purcell Shoes – $44.99
White takes up a whopping 1/5th of Esquire’s color quotient. Sure that’s a lot of white, but they’re also counting all those white stripes you may or may not have in various shirts hanging in your closet. But to stay true to the color, one item every guy should have, in multiple forms… is a white oxford shirt.
You want dress white oxfords, and casual white oxfords. And fit is immensely important. Especially in the dress shirt category. Don’t just run to JCPenny and by some billowing banker shirt that’ll make you look like you’ve been bear hugged by a gigantic napkin. Get your dress shirts tailored. If you’re looking for a white oxford dress shirt that doesn’t have to be tailored, try the Express Slim Fit 1MX.
As far as casual white oxfords go, the top of the line yet still affordable oxford is The Gap’s New Oxford. This thing looks great tucked in, or untucked. It’s got a button down collar, it’s cut much slimmer through the sides than their previous oxford, and it looks great under sweaters, over t-shirts, or just by itself with light gray cotton pants on a warm day.
Speaking of that warm day getup. Pair the White Oxford and those gray chinos with a cotton unstructured blazer. For your feet you should consider another all-white clothing item that’s good to have around… some white Jack Purcell Converse sneakers. You’ll be ready to head anywhere, and the White Jack Purcell Converse are a year round casual shoe that can dress up, in that modern-hip sorta way, any type of look.