Classic Looks with Oxfords

Flats are a must in every woman’s wardrobe. This season, why not add a pair of brogues into the mix for a chic yet funky twist. No longer just a passing trend, feminine oxfords have been making appearances on the feet of fashionistas in the know for a few seasons now. Here are some tips to incorporate them into your wardrobe in a fun, feminine way.

Proportions
First thing to know: oxfords will shorten your leg line. If you have a proportionately long leg, pulling off this look successfully will be a snap for you. If your legs are on the shorter side, remember to take a few extra steps to lengthen the appearance of your leg line in order to combat the shortening effects of your (awesome) shoes.

Pants
To keep the look feminine, pair your oxfords with skinny jeans, cropped pants or boyfriend jeans. A straight leg pair of jeans or khakis with the hem rolled up works just as well. To keep the look long and lean, avoid bootcut or wide leg pants. Exposing the entire shoe gives them more of a fresh feminine feel. Shorts tend to pair particularly well with brogues.

Exposure
While you can wear your brogues with a funky pair of socks or hosiery, the freshest way to wear them is with bare feet. As an added bonus, showing a sliver of skin between the shoe and hem of your pant can disguise a heavier ankle.

Tops
While regular length and boyfriend style (loose fitting) blazers work well, if you are particularly concerned about your legs looking short, a cropped jacket or cardigan will raise the eye and visually lengthen the leg line.

Dresses or Skirts
Short hemlines work best as they visually lengthen your leg line and work to counteract the shortening effects of your shoes. If you would like to try this look but are more comfortable wearing a hemline just above or below your knee, try a pair of heeled oxfords. Just as stylish, this alternative can make hemlines below the knee look current and feminine as opposed to flat oxfords which make this hemline look old fashioned.

Colour
Brogues the same colour as your skin will also work to elongate your leg. Similarly, colour matching your tights to your shoes will work the same way i.e. opaque black tights with black oxfords.

By Kim England

From l-r
TopShop Ponte boyfriend blazer www.topshop.com
Dune tan leather linfords simple lace up brogue www.debenhams.com
J. Crew Vintage grey t-shirt www.net-a-porter.com
J Brand 1214 Aidan boyfriend jeans www.mytheresa.com
J. Crew golden knot earrings www.jcrew.com
NIXON the Kensington watch www.tillys.com
Mulberry Cecily soft croc print tote www.johnlewis.com

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