Oxford is the name of a strong colour-woven cotton fabric in a basket weave, which is a variation of plain weave. As the name suggests, this type of fabric comes from the British university town of the same name. Oxford is ideal for sporty shirts and is often used in conjunction with button-down collars. Its trademark feature is the large appearance of the weave which always uses double yarns. Oxford fabric is hard-wearing and soft, as well as being especially breathable.