In what's shaping up to be the most comfortable Spring '13 shoe trend, the lower-heel profile continues its takeover with the chic oxford. We've already waxed poetic on the kitten heel, but now we're veering into a more traditional flat shoe with a distinct borrowed-from-the-boys twist. Whether the silhouette is classic (think brogue detailing and a patent finish) or culls fashion-forward accents like metallic shine, exotic texture, leather cutouts, or colorblocking, there's certainly a more dynamic way to interpret (read: wear) the flat oxford look. Luckily, Alexander Wang, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Fendi, and even Zara have all crafted their own versions to appeal to a handful of style personalities. As for execution? Remember that these shoes work for day and night — and as long as you show a little ankle (at the very least), you're good to go. Click on for 16 of our favorite oxford picks now.
From fedoras to blazers, celebrities are always inspiring new ways to rock the menswear trend, and the latest piece to work into your mix is oxfords. Lucy Hale worked her spotted Dolce Vita oxfords with Winter basics and an on-trend fedora at LAX, while Naomi Watts kicked-up her borrowed-from-the-boys style with two-tone wing tips and boyfriend jeans in Santa Monica. See who was a step above the rest with oh-so-chic oxfords, get a closer look at their stellar street styles, then shop the trend — including exact pieces — for yourself.
Taylor Swift left her LA home with new beau Harry Styles looking preppy chic as usual in a black-and-white striped top and these brown cropped Siwy jeans ($108, originally $154). For accessories, the singer chose matching brown oxfords, black Ray-Ban Wayfarers, and a new Burberry bag. Signature red lips added much-needed color to her casual daytime ensemble. Mimic Taylor's latest look by pairing a striped top with her exact jeans — on sale! — then finishing off with boyish oxfords, retro shades, and punchy lips.
Taylor Swift arrived at the airport in Sydney to catch a flight back to LA looking preppy-slash-cool in a striped button-down blouse and cognac cropped skinny jeans. The singer finished off her travel ensemble via two-toned oxfords, black Ray-Ban Wayfarers ($150), and her go-to brown Beara Beara messenger bag. Taylor's outfit is the perfect way to dabble with the preppy look without going overboard. Just pair a striped blouse with cropped jeans, oxfords, and a leather messenger bag. Shop similar pieces below, including these 7 For All Mankind jeans ($118, originally $169), to get started.
While performing on The X Factor, Taylor Swift went the menswear route in this ivory Rag & Bone tuxedo blouse ($290), black leggings, sparkly red oxfords, and a wide-brim black fedora. Since tuxedo styles are so hot right now, we recommend getting Taylor's blouse and incorporating it into your work wardrobe. You can tuck it into a pencil skirt, wide-leg trousers, skinny pants, and even a pair of preppy plaid trousers. Then wear it with leather leggings or dark denim for a weekend spin. If it's too pricey for your budget, shop other equally chic tuxedo tops on ShopStyle.
Metallic oxfords are high on our must-haves list — just why, you ask? Beside the obvious comfort factor, the juxtaposition of the sleek menswear-inspired shape and the sassy metallic detail will add a flashy pop to just about any Winter look. Put on a pair and you — and your outfit — will instantly feel special. And the possibilities are endless. For color, you can choose silver, gold, or a bright hue with a metallic sheen. You can go with a flat heel or something with a bit more height. As for laces, yours can coordinate with your shoe or you can choose something contrasting. Just click on to shop the nine we're loving right now.
Emma Roberts, who we recently talked with all about fashion, was spotted running errands in LA wearing two of her essential style pieces she mentioned in our chat: jeans and statement sunglasses. She paired up these Current/Elliott polka-dot jeans ($182, originally $364) — the label's designers are her stylists — with a white tee, maroon patent oxfords with matching socks, and white cat-eye sunglasses. Score Emma's exact jeans on sale to work into your Fall wardrobe. Wear it with a tee and oxfords like Emma did or work it with a black turtleneck and high-heeled booties to give it a sophisticated spin.
When it comes to our favorite footwear this Fall, surely ankle boots and pumps take top spots, but there's nothing quite as charming (or as comfortable) as a borrowed-from-the-boys brogue. Now that the menswear staple is a staple in all our closets (and if it's not, then now's the time to make it one), we're zeroing in on the 14 styles to switch into right now. There are, of course, the classically minded designs in chocolate-brown leather or deep-navy suede, but we couldn't resist the updates, either. With studs, fresh patent hues, and even a little leopard print, these are the pairs that could charm even the proudest heel-wearing glamazons. Click on to shop Fall's oxford standouts.
Fall's menswear-inspired brogue trend is at an all-time high thanks to all of the cute styles currently available online and in stores. We love the idea of wearing them with tights and felt skirts for a dressed-up look and, on the flip side, with rolled jeans and a cozy sweater for a cool off-duty ensemble. Any way you wear it, we guarantee it'll look good on you. To help you find the best pairs, we culled our top 15 brogues — from this magnificent colorblocked confection from Fendi to more classic silhouettes from Bass — at all price points and styles for you to shop now.
I love how Fab reader brunetteblogging put together this cute menswear-inspired look! She wore smoky gray jeans from Zara, a silky, slouchy button-down top, and cool cognac-colored oxfords. She accessorized with — drumroll, please — an exquisitely chic YSL cocktail ring. Her look is simple, sophisticated, and easy to re-create.
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