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Why I Went Trad

There is a in-depth piece in the works, but I wanted to give a glimpse into how and why I went trad now. I was graduating from college, about to enter corporate America, and I didn’t know how to dress for it (or at least that’s what I thought). While searching for my white-collar uniform I was drawn to the blue OCBD, khaki chino, and penny loafer look.

It seemed like the perfect uniform. It struck me as having the perfect balance. It was utilitarian and intellectual at the same time. It was staid but not austere. It was worn by the left, right, and center. It felt like the perfect disguise for a working class kid that did not feel like he belonged. In this uniform I thought that they would think that I was one of them. They wouldn’t know if I thought like this or like that.

If you are not sure who the above are you can read about them Julian Bond here and William F. Buckley and the Buckleys here.

Back for Now

Much to the dismay of many of the readers of this blog it has been inaccessible for the past 6 months. To those of you that have spoken up I have listened to you and decided to open up access for the time being. This does not mean that I am back to posting regularly or that the blog will live on indefinitely but for the moment we are back. I hope you all enjoy it.

To commemorate the return I thought I’d drop a few pics of me getting to sport a tie and coat. These days this is a rare occasion. So when I have the opportunity I take it. I even had the chance to take a flick in my old stomping grounds. The nostalgia is on 10 here. One last thing. Vests do work well imho over sport coats as outerwear. Is it trad or not is whole other question.

Where in the World is OCBD?

While this is not my official retirement post. I do want to let everyone know that I will not be posting regularly for the time being. I don’t know what the future of the Oxford Cloth Button Blog is (I have a few ideas), but I want to thank you all for your encouragement, participation, insights, and everything in between.


The Best Madras of 2019

This is a simple post. I wanted to find out who has the best madras shirts in 2019. Best madras is very subjective. I myself like a really good muddy madras so that’s what I am focusing on. It is also about the fabric, but the internet makes that part a little harder. Here we go.

What is a muddy madras you ask? I am talking about earth-tone madras typically a variety browns and greens with red, yellow, or orange highlights. These madras may seem a little conservative when compared with their bright pink or pastel brothers but don’t overlook them. They are easy to wear (especially good in hot autumn weather) and easy to look at while still offering up some really wonderful patterns. If you find madras hard to wear these shirts are your friend.

I found three places with a good muddy madras. No surprises here either with the three being J.Press, John Simons, and O’Connells. They are in the $100 and up market, but this really shouldn’t shock any of us at this point. They all do look nice though. All three stores also have a lot of other nice madras shirts.

John Simons Madras
John Simons Madras
J.Press Popover Madras
J.Press Madras
O”Connells Madras

Reviews, Reviews, & More Reviews

I took the plunge and ordered a pair of camp mocs. I purchased a pair of Eastland camp mocs which weren’t mentioned in my post, but they were on my radar. Luckily for me someone mentioned them to me on ‘Gram and I doubled back.

Sperry Camp Moc
Sperry Mocs I am replacing

I can’t offer much of a review at this point because they don’t fit. In my opinion they don’t fit because I did not order my size. I ordered a half size up because so many reviewers on Amazon stated how small they fit. Now I am not sure if these reviewers have worn non-athletic shoes before or what, but these mocs feel very true to size to me.

Now I know I am not alone in being a review reader. I am not just talking about Amazon reviews, but also searching forum after forum for sizing help. Believe me, I completely understand wanting to get it right the first time. Returns are the worst. I may have decided on a new approach today. Just buy my normal size and go from there. The reason why is that trying to determine my size often results in inaction and when I do take action it only works out half of the time anyways. Thanks for letting me vent.

Overall I am happy with the shape and color (bomber brown) of the shoe. Especially for $100. I was overly concerned about the heel on this moc. I wanted a true camp moc sole which has no heel, but the heel here is not as pronounced as I had feared. The construction feels Sperry or Weejun-ish. So not great, but a nice light semi-disposable moc. A negative to some, but a positive to me. Oh, and despite this post don’t ever ever hesitate to ask me for sizing help!!!