I have a confession to make: I hate doing laundry.
I hate sorting things. I hate putting things in the washer. I hate taking things out of the washer and putting them into the dryer. And I definitely don't like folding the things when all is said and done.
I wouldn't say I'm lazy, per say — more that I'd rather do just about anything else with my time. Plus, in my defense, I live in an apartment where I have to use one of those community laundry rooms, and it's a whole four doors down the hall.
So you can see my dilemma.
Fortunately, for all of us who hate — or who are at least really bad at — laundry, there's a solution: the Oxford cloth button down (or, as the guys on the Reddit fashion boards like to call it, the OCBD).
There are lots of things that make an OCBD great, especially one like the Sail Rigger™ Oxford we sell here at Lands' End. It's made from a substantial basket weave Oxford cloth that gets softer the more you wear it. It's stonewashed to reduce the break-in period. It's got a sharp look with a button-down collar and gusseted side seams.
But there's one thing that makes the Oxford rise above the sea of all those other average button downs. One thing that makes it better than a men's flannel shirt or even a men's polo shirt. One thing you'll be thankful for every time it's laundry day.
It looks great with a little wrinkle.
Which, as you might imagine, comes in handy for those of us whose idea of "putting away the laundry" is mostly just tossing it into a basket, putting that basket into a hidden corner of the closet and saying a quiet prayer that it's not too wrinkled to wear come Monday.
Do yourself a favor, though. Invest in a men's fleece jacket — for those days when "a little wrinkle" turns into "I crumbled this thing into a ball two weeks ago, but I only have two minutes to get dressed and no other clean things in my closet."