Tattersall vs. Oxford Button-Down
Draw a typical male from the US and you're likely to put him in a blue Oxford cloth button-down shirt, or an OCBD as some call them. He'll probably be smiling and looking earnest too. Let's place him in a diner. Appropriated from the British, button-down shirts have become the staple shirt style over there - almost a national dress.
Draw a typical Briton on the other hand and what shirt might he be wearing? Yes, that's what I'm thinking - country checks - a tattersall. You might want to put a world-weary frown on his face and place him in a pub nursing a pint of bitter.
Call me an internationalist, but I sometimes wear both styles of shirt. My inner-mod likes to wear the odd OCBD, but not very often with ties, I'll leave that to the Americans. My outer-Englishman, on the other hand, does like a nice tattersall such as the one above. It's the classic cotton/wool flannel mix for colder seasons. That one's a bit loose in terms of fit, but this is easily resolved by chucking it under a sweater. The collar's the thing.
What about you? American or Brit? Or both?
Cordings - Navy Overcheck Tattersall Shirt (Made in the UK)
Pakeman Catto & Carter - Flannel Shirt Pink/Grape Tattersall (Made in the UK)
Oliver Brown - Red & Blue Tattersall (Made in the UK)
Oxford Cloth Button-Down Gallery
Brooks Brothers - Egyptian Cotton Extra-Slim Fit Solid Pinpoint Luxury Dress Shirt (Made in the USA)
J Press - Pinpoint Oxford Blue (Made in the USA)
Paul Stuart - Blue Pinpoint Dress Shirt