Made To Work...Fort Greene, Brooklyn

A crisp dress shirt is essential to every man's wardrobe. Weather for daily use or special occasions, an  oxford shirt must be is functional yet practical.  American retailer Lands' End understands this concept thus designing a new no-iron shirt. The brand commissioned me to test out several shirts during the course of a week to test quality, wearability, and design. Below is my report:

Quality | The no-iron shirt has great balance between soft and stiffness. Nothing is worst then a flimsy oxford or rather a stiff shirt making you uncomfortable. Poor quality shirts stand out immediately because it doesn't feel good against the skin. So, quality wise the Lands' End tailored oxford passes the test because it feels nice. This is probably because the cotton is supplied by Supima, an organic cotton line produced right here in America.

Wearability |  Two style that stood out to me were the pinstripe and crispy white oxford because you can not go wrong with classics. A white oxford never goes out of style, not to mention the endless styling possibilities. For an  early fall look, I layered the oxford with a navy and white crew neck tee, vintage jeans, well-worn loafers, and rust hat. The clean white oxford pops adding a dressy element to a laid back look. 

For the second look, I'm literally wearing the same exact thing as the first one, but added a pinstripe oxford and textured vest. Tailored oxfords are normally dressed up with suits so for this project I wanted to focus on casual looks to show versatility. 

Fit | This is the challenging part because the shirt were a little big in the body, but fit in the neck and sleeve.  Most of my shirts fit me a little loose unless it's custom. So if you're a normal size guy then these may work perfectly but if anything you can always get the shirt taken in by a tailor. Some guys like their shirts fitted while others want a little space to breath.

shot by Benjamin Rosser in Fort Greene, Brooklyn

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