Originally Posted by Kei-bon
thanks for the advice, guys. I don't really like the look or the feel of royal oxford, but i will definitely consider the pinpoint oxfords.
and thanks for the note on twill, AB; i was wondering just that--whether it was an odd choice for BD shirts.
one more thing: are there limits on the sort of patterns traditionally made up with a BD collar? i'm not planning anything outre--maybe tattersall or gingham check. forgive me if this is a silly question!
Tattersal and gingham are wholly appropriate for BD shirts. In fact, there are some who would go so far as to say that gingham or tattersal should only
be made into BDs, being somewhat casual patterns when compared to most.
Your only limits for BD shirts are the fabric selection and your imagination. MyTailor stocks a pretty extensive book of fabrics, so I am sure you will find some choices in it that you like. As for what is "traditional," it really depends on the type of shirt you mean. If you are looking to classic American OCBDs as your inspiration, I'd say that the staples are white, light blue, pink, and occasionally (though rarer these days than in recent decades) light yellow. Blue stripes are also pretty traditional here.