Pinpoint Oxford, commonly called just “pinpoint” for short is a very popular dress shirt fabric type. It’s both dressy and durable. It has a bit of a matte, crisp finish, though not as silky and flat (thin) as broadcloth, and definitely not as shiny as royal oxford or twill. It works well in both formal and casual occasions. A pinpoint dress shirt feels a bit more substantial than a broadcloth dress shirt, as it’s a tad thicker and therefore less transparent.
Difference between pinpoint and oxford fabric
Pinpoint fabric and Oxford fabrics weave the threads together the same way. The difference between the fabrics is not in the weave, but in the thickness and weight of the yarns that are used. Pinpoint generally has a higher thread count, and a lighter, finer weave then Oxford Cloth. Thus, pinpoint dress shirts are preferable over oxford cloth dress shirts in formal situations. Pinpoint makes for an elegant wedding dress shirt, or business interview dress shirt, while oxford cloth would be better suited for a casual or outdoor event.
Pinpoint oxford fabric weave
Pinpoint oxford uses an under–over weave, such that the fabric has a bit more texture than comparable broadcloth. Below are examples of the weaving patterns used for both pinpoint oxford and oxford cloth shirt fabrics.