Oxford cloth is hot & bulky

Califax

Active Member with Corp. Privileges
There.

I said it.

In truth, I love oxford cloth in some ways; I have worn it forever; but I am seriously reconsidering it for most wear, especially in the warmer months.

For most days of the year and for most uses, it's just too hot and bulky for me; and I discovered this after having spent some time wearing broadcloth/poplins. And not incidentally, I also like how slim those fabrics are too.

What on earth's your problem Califax? Well, I have a high metabolism; I am often hot even in the new england winters; I regularly swim in Somes Sound; I eat ice cream when it's snowing out, et cetera. NB: my thyroid is fine thank you.

Okay, now if you wish, you may proceed.....

...to crucify me lol.
 
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delicious_scent

Elite Member
I'm pretty much exclusively in poplin/broadcloth and linen from June to August.

I've been favouring ones with a great collar roll. This one is a form of the "Cooper Collar" which I think works great.

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Flanderian

Connoisseur
There.

I said it.

Seriously, I love oxford cloth in some ways; I have worn it forever; but I am seriously reconsidering it for most wear, especially in the warmer months.

For most days of the year and for most uses, it's just too hot and bulky for me; and I discovered this after having spent some time wearing broadcloth/poplins. And not incidentally, I also like how slim those fabrics are too.

What's on earth's your problem Califax? Well, I have a high metabolism; I am often hot even in the new england winters; I regularly swim in Somes Sound; I eat ice cream when it's snowing out, et cetera. NB: my thyroid is fine thank you.

Okay, now if you wish, you may proceed.....

...to crucify me lol.

Or warm and cozy! ;)

Under Harris Tweed when the snow is crunchy under foot.


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Though frankly, I don't get the OCBD fetish either. Back in the day, it was only one of a variety of TNSIL choices including, end-on-end, etc.
 

Califax

Active Member with Corp. Privileges
Or warm and cozy! ;)

Under Harris Tweed when the snow is crunchy under foot.


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Though frankly, I don't get the OCBD fetish either. Back in the day, it was only one of a variety of TNSIL choices including, end-on-end, etc.
Definitely warm and cozy; and for that - and how it wears, and the general feel - I love Oxford Cloth.

But yes, it's not the only - or always the best - choice.
 

Fading Fast

Connoisseur
I like OCBDs a lot, but never thought it was a hot-weather shirt. That said, I have some lighter weight ones (a few from J.Crew from a few years back that were advertised as "summer" OCBDs) that I'll wear in the summer because they are pretty light. I didn't even know that hard-core Trads wear heavy OCBD in hot weather - do they?
 

Califax

Active Member with Corp. Privileges
I like OCBDs a lot, but never thought it was a hot-weather shirt. That said, I have some lighter weight ones (a few from J.Crew from a few years back that were advertised as "summer" OCBDs) that I'll wear in the summer because they are pretty light. I didn't even know that hard-core Trads wear heavy OCBD in hot weather - do they?
Well, I doubt I qualify as "hard core" - but I can tell you that at boarding school many of us did wear heavy ocbd's in hot weather. Shorts, blazer, sockless loafers, and (often half untucked) ocbd (top button open beneath the loose tie).

And I had a heavy pink one that I wore almost constantly when not in "school clothes" - and in hot weather especially. Otherwise a sweater went over it. It was sort of my security blanket, that shirt. Wore it until it was falling off, lol.

But the thing was: those shirtts went into the laundry service bag and came back looking pretty good sans ironing. So they wore well; were very practical/functional; they did look good; and I must admit: I did (and do) love the look and feel.
 
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Beefeater

Senior Member
There.

I said it.

In truth, I love oxford cloth in some ways; I have worn it forever; but I am seriously reconsidering it for most wear, especially in the warmer months.

For most days of the year and for most uses, it's just too hot and bulky for me; and I discovered this after having spent some time wearing broadcloth/poplins. And not incidentally, I also like how slim those fabrics are too.

What on earth's your problem Califax? Well, I have a high metabolism; I am often hot even in the new england winters; I regularly swim in Somes Sound; I eat ice cream when it's snowing out, et cetera. NB: my thyroid is fine thank you.

Okay, now if you wish, you may proceed.....

...to crucify me lol.
Then don’t wear it. Problem solved.
 

127.72 MHz

Elite Member
While I am not married to Oxford cloth I do adore my Mercer and Sons OCBDs,....And I even have some point collar Mercer and Sons Oxfords.

I noticed early on when non iron Oxfords came upon the scene that they do not breath very well. The ONLY Oxford cloth shirts that I currently own are must iron.

I must admit that I also love high thread count pinpoints.
 
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challer

Senior Member
Cambridge cloth is the truly heavy stuff. Think old Gitman, Willis & Geiger. Heavy but cool as can be because it won't haunt the surface of your skin. I may be the biggest fan of linen on this site. And heavy Cambridge cloth is just as cool. Run of the mill, much lighter oxford can wear much warmer.
 

Patrick06790

Connoisseur
Depends. Blazing hot summer day, I'm likely in a lighter fabric shirt. Poplin or Space Age fishing shirt, that kind of thing.

But we don't get that many blazing hot days. "Regular" summer day, air temps in the high 70s/low 80s, I can and do an oxford.

Cool summer nights? I may bag the oxford completely and throw on light flannel.

And I tend to run hot.
 

FiscalDean

Super Member
Or warm and cozy! ;)

Under Harris Tweed when the snow is crunchy under foot.


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Though frankly, I don't get the OCBD fetish either. Back in the day, it was only one of a variety of TNSIL choices including, end-on-end, etc.


I don't believe I've ever owned an oxford cloth dress shirt. I tend to go with pinpoint, end on end, royal oxford or broadcloth and always with a button down collar.
 

Califax

Active Member with Corp. Privileges
Cambridge cloth is the truly heavy stuff. Think old Gitman, Willis & Geiger. Heavy but cool as can be because it won't haunt the surface of your skin. I may be the biggest fan of linen on this site. And heavy Cambridge cloth is just as cool. Run of the mill, much lighter oxford can wear much warmer.
Very interesting; many thanks.
 

August West

Senior Member
I can count on one hand the amount of times I've worn an OCBD this summer. it's been too hot. My over under line for an OCBD is about 80 degrees, give or take based on humidity.

There are definitely better options in warm weather. I've got a Mercer broadcloth on today (blue butcher stripe).

I'm very much looking forward to OCBD weather.
 

AldenPyle

Honors Member
Always felt there was a bit of a trade-off with the heaviness of oxford cloth against the tighter weave of broadcloth. Probably where you come down on that depends on heat vs. humidity, but where I live it is always humid when it is hot, so I could never figure this out. If I wear a jacket and tie in summer, I always go broadcloth though (which could just be psychological, maybe OC just seems like it will be hotter). On the other hand, broadcloth can seem too formal for no jacket and rolled sleeves, though in middle age I've come to prefer a short-sleeve popover oxford cloth in summer.
 
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