Epaulet and McNairy are always all over the blog so it should be no surprise that their oxford shirt callaboration finally made it into a "Lusting After" post. Lots of people poo-poo the contrast collar shirt thanks to just how horribly 80's it looks in retrospect thanks to Wall Street. In my humble opinion, the contrast collar (or two-tone) shirt still works, but it needs to be an oxford. Simply, if im going to be jazzing up a shirt with some bells and whistles, I'd rather that shirt be inherently casual as to not overpower the entire outfit. You can get contrast collar oxfords in Brooks Brothers new extra-slim fit (I have a few...$79.50 each), but this oxford from Epaulet is as good as you are going to find anywhere. $130 isn't too bad considering the genuine pearl trocas buttons, domestic manufacturing and slim cut. Plus the light blue contrasting color is a great twist on the classic white you always see. I'd personally rather have one of these than 2 of the extra-slim's from Brooks Brothers. I saw this shirt in person last weekend when I visited Epaulet and the digital pictures do not do it justice. As far as I am concerned this is THE oxford shirt of the moment.
[Blue university stripe with contrasting light blue collar.]