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For summer 2017, Oxford offers golfers amazing performance and style – along with a new name and logo.
Founded in 1942, Oxford Industries reached the 75 year milestone this year. In keeping with a rich heritage of crafting quality clothing, Oxford Golf has been reimagined as simply Oxford. I realize that I live in Orlando and that sounds like a Disney term, but rebranding doesn’t fully encompass what I saw at the PGA Show earlier this year. Beyond the new horseshoe logo and “Make Today Lucky” catch phrase, the new collection goes far beyond the performance golf apparel covered in this review. With fresh new fabrics, styles and offerings to satisfy a complete wardrobe, I’m really looking forward to reuniting with some of the pieces I previewed. But for now, let’s take a closer look at some summer golf shirts and shorts.
Hot and humid were the conditions when I tested all four pieces shown in the pictures, and it was obvious why they are categorized as ‘Performance’ on Oxford’s website. Both shirts were admirable in moisture wicking, but the fabric of the Clifton Dri Release Striped Jersey Polo (shown above) really grabbed my attention. The fabric was lightweight, but not thin, and had great stretch. Then I dug into Dri Release and learned about the incredible technology Oxford utilizes in the Clifton Polo. That link is worth a glance if you like to know how things work. The bottom line is the fabric is engineered to pull wetness away from your skin, dries 4x faster than cotton, and can keep you up to 7° cooler. If that’s not enough, the Clifton Polo also has Fresh Guard that prevents odor-causing bacteria from growing.
The Vickery Performance Shorts, 95% polyester and 5% spandex, are also lightweight and dried quickly. The Oxford script in the waistband has gription to keep your shirt tucked in and the rear right pocket is button free for easily slipping a glove or scorecard in and out. This is picky, but the small interior coin pocket in the front right pocket is a bit too roomy. It captured everything I dropped in the pocket, including the golf ball.
Style & Fit
Perusing the new Oxford website I still get the upscale country club vibe, but in a playful, fun sense. The Roswell Heather Multi Stripe Jersey Polo is a nice example of a fresh take on stripes that incorporates trendy heathers. All the pieces provide versatility for wearing on the golf course or a stroll through the local art festival.
The shirts offer a roomy, but not baggy, fit. I went with my standard medium and the shoulder seam falls just over my shoulder. If you’re between sizes or like a more athletic cut you might want to consider going down a size. Otherwise, the size chart seems right on. The shorts come in even sizes and the 34” had room around the waist as I expected for my 33″ waist. Between the tapered cut and the 9.5” inseam, the shorts have a wonderful tailored look.
When the temperature is north of 90, fabric weight and functionality really come into play for on-course comfort. The Oxford performance shirts and shorts really shine, and the style is right on par with forward trends. And as Oxford says: “The horseshoe logo is a symbol of the luck that favors those who relentlessly prepare.” Giddy up.