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Filtering by Tag: ocbd

Light blue OCBD

Mark Kwak

I personally think that the light blue oxford cloth button down (OCBD) shirt is one of the most versatile pieces you can own. Just to demonstrate, I've outfitted my personal Brooks Brothers OCDB in two ways. One being more formal, the other being more casual. Check it out. First, a casual OCBD look. I paired my shirt with a pair of shorts and sneakers to keep cool during the summer months.


Remember that you don't want your shorts to be any longer than seen above. Keeping it right at/above the knee is a great length in my opinion.


I love a classic white sneaker. So easy to wear.


Roll the sleeves up and wear the shirt like a short sleeved dress shirt.


Shirt: Brooks Brothers | Shorts: Uniqlo | Shoes: Converse

Watch: Timex | Belt: Uniqlo


And now for the more formal look. I wore this outfit to a client dinner the other day actually. Personally thought it worked quite well.


The grey trousers / navy jacket look is actually one of my favorites.


Colorful socks per usual.


Can't forget your accessories (belt/watch).


Jacket: Black Fleece | Shirt: Brooks Brothers | Belt: J.Crew

Pants: Uniqlo | Watch: Timex | Shoes: Peal & Co | Socks: Paul Smith (similar)

I encourage you all to get yourself an oxford cloth button down shirt, especially in the color light blue. Dress it up, dress it down, dress it all around.  It'll work with more combinations of outfits than you can possibly imagine.


Sweet sales

Mark Kwak

Looks like two companies that I admire, Brooks Brothers & Land's End, are having sales right now! Brooks Brothers: 25% off with code FNFBB1

Land's End: 30% off with code LOVEFALL, pin 2101

@ Brooks, I would recommend getting a couple OCBDs (Oxford Cloth Button Downs). They're made in the USA, the signature piece of Brooks Brothers, and fairly cheap at $49 a piece if you buy 3. They also have some really great sweaters/knits made with high quality wool, and classic sports coats in various styles.

@ Land's, My recommendation is a pair of Flannel Wool Pants at around $40. A classic piece everyone needs. Plenty more great choices available; shirts can be as low as $15 @ surprisingly great quality. Try to find a tailored fit, since their classic fits are baggy.

Happy shopping, go nuts. These two brands are solid at their respective price points, and have very few rivals in my opinion.