So what is the difference between an Oxford pillowcase and a Housewife pillowcase?
The answer lies in the border.
What is an Oxford Pillowcase?
So what's an Oxford pillowcase? An Oxford pillowcase has a fabric border around the outside, adding material and adding to the design. The size of border varies and dictates the look. The larger the border, the larger the pillow appears. But beware too large borders, they tend to flop and lose their visual impact.
What is a Housewife Pillowcase?
A Housewife pillowcase is a simple basic rectangular shape with a sewn edge that encapsulates the pillow. The pillowcase finishes where the pocket does making the pillowcase the same size as the pillow. Sometimes seen as more casual, the Housewife pillowcase suits a number of looks and where you are doubling up on pillows, they sit perfectly behind Oxford pillowcases to give depth and a sense of plushness to your bedding. See our post on The Secret To A Five Star Hotel Bed on how to make your bed look stunning.
Oxford or Housewife Pillowcase?
Ultimately, the choice comes down to the look you are trying to achieve. For a modern bed linen set-up, housewife pillowcases create a relaxed look. For a more luxurious look, a look like you see in luxury hotels, using an Oxford pillowcase on the top pillow gives a classic luxurious look.
And don't forget - you can always mix the two types. It isn't a case of one or the other.