My standard everyday attire is to wear a button down shirt, so I’ve been trying to find something more durable and perhaps — hopefully — something which still looks traditional. I picked up both the oxford blue and ligh gray versions of Outlier’s NYCO Oxford to test out. They are heavy, and certainly only for weather 70-75 °F and below.
Outlier makes this shirt out of a 162 gsm 74% cotton, 24% nylon blend, thick, and feels like a indestructible version of a cotton oxford. The material is entirely treated with DWR, and that actually works quite well in a light rain. However, I’ve been less than impressed with stain resistance as I’ve noticed some light spatters of sauce when I cook with the shirts on — though a quick dab with a wet cloth typically pulls the stains right out.
The shirt is far more rigid feeling than a standard oxford, while maintaining a soft feel and look to the fabric.
Wrinkle & Smell Resistance
The biggest thing with this this shirt is the nearly 75% cotton make up of the fabric. Typically this means wrinkles and smell absorption. On the issue of wrinkles, this shirt does surprisingly well at resisting them. The shirt will tend to show some rumples, not wrinkles, in the inner-elbow and other areas where the shirt sees a lot of movement. And while it won’t resist all wrinkles — I’ve yet to need to iron or steam these shirts, even after washing. I’m impressed.
However, on the issue of smell resistance, it’s a normal shirt. If you can get away with a few wears in your normal cotton shirts, this will perform the same. On this issue, it’s very disappointing, but predictable for something with this high of a cotton count.
I love the fit of this shirt, it’s heavy and comfortable. It fits a bit smaller than other Outlier shirts, with shorter sleeves and tails. It’s not easy to tuck in for me, as the body is right on the edge of what will stay tucked into a pair of pants. However, the pivot sleeve construction is excellent, giving great freedom of movement for a shirt with no built-in stretch
What’s compelling about this shirt is that it is a baby step in the direction of much better clothing. It’s $98 and for that you get a better designed shirt, which is far more durable (DWR and NYCO) than most oxfords you find — all the while it looks nearly identical to standard oxford. It doesn’t have the s powers of merino wool, but it also doesn’t have the drawbacks: differing hand feel, special washing, and a general more delicate nature. You could wear this shirt doing anything — and I have — and it’ll hold up great.
I really like this shirt.
NYCO Oxford Long Term Update
Three years on, both of these shirts (I have a gray and a light blue) have seen better days. Up and until about a month ago I was wearing both, as I still find them to be great untucked button downs. Comfortable and sharp looking.
What ended their tenure was durability. Not what you would expect out of a NYCO garment in general. Both shirts developed wear in different spots on them, where the face of the fabric seemingly wore through or got over stretch — making them look slightly ripped. The gray shirt developed this in an armpit. Whereas the blue developed this issue around the bottom button hole on the front of the shirt.
Full credit to the shirt though, they didn’t actually rip. They just no longer look clean enough to wear as I did before, while still looking too dressy to be worn as a work shirt.
As such I have moved them into an emergency bag as a good option for rougher times. I always thought these were a bargain at $98 and still think so, sadly they have been discontinued.