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Style Destination//Oxford

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Tie by Brooks Brothers
Tie by Brooks Brothers, $75
Cardigan
Cardigan by DSquared, $995
Bag by Dooney and Bourke
Bag by Dooney and Bourke, $130
Overcoat
Overcoat by MARC by Marc Jacobs, $458
Needlepoint Pillow
Burberry Boots
Boots by Burberry, $195
Suede vest
Suede vest by DSquared, $1,295
Cufflinks
Cufflinks by Hackett, $97
Driving cap
Driving cap by Scala, $55. Call 800-367-3626 for locations
Bookends
Bookends by Barnes & Noble, $69.95
Rugby
Rugby ball by Gilbert, $115.
You needn’t pursue a degree at Oxford to brush up on your style smarts. Classic cable knits and nubby tweeds offer up bookish charm—in the stacks or at a pub.

The Scene:
 Explore the inner sanctums of the university on a walking tour or peruse the pages of Brideshead Revisited at Blackwell’s bookshop before savoring the collections at the Ashmolean Museum.

The Stay: 
Book a room at the Old Bank Hotel, a Georgian building that has been transformed into a minimalist boutique hotel smack in the city center (check out its Quod Brasserie on Sunday nights for world-class jazz sessions). Want a dash of the English countryside? Dine at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in nearby Great Milton and soak up the ambience of a centuries-old manor house while sampling innovative creations prepared by chef Raymond Blanc.

—Elizabeth Doyle


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