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I'm planning on purchasing a few shirts from Jantzen's, but looking at the options available, I'd like to know a few things about cloth types and collars before I order a shirt. What exactly is an oxford shirt? I've heard the term over and over before, but how is it any different from a regular button-front shirt? And what's a french oxford? Pinpoint oxford? Looking at the site, I must confess I have no idea what an End&End or Cotton twill pattern is. I've heard numerous differing opinions on matching a collar to your facial structure. I have a pentagonally-shaped face with large cheekbones, and stand at 5'9" with an athletic (lean but muscular) build. I was leaning towards a long pointed collar, but would like a few opinions before I make a purchase.
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i'll leave it to someone else to describe the differences in fabrics more in depth, but let me tell you that the word 'oxford' refers to the way the cotton is woven, not to the style of the shirt itself. oxford is a little rough, and generally considered good for more casual shirts. i'm posting to give you advice on choosing a collar shape: choose one based on what you see in the mirror, and not on someone elses advice. i say this because i have exactly the type of face most people would say requires a narrow spread collar. i've found that these only accentuate the broadness of my face, however, and that i look best in a moderate, or semi-spread model. i recommend you try on all your shirts and decide which collar you like most, or you can go to a store and try on their shirts. you may also consider the occasion the shirt is for. i like a wider spread for more formal occasions such as weddings, the opera, etc... this is a personal preference, and there's no reason you can't wear a narrow spread wherever you want. when choosing the length of the collar points, you may want to consider the size of your head. i've seen a lot of shorter men recently with long collars that make their heads look even smaller. (at 5'9", i don't consider you short. i'm referring to the 5'4" guys who have their collars half way down their chest.)
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