As much as we love heels, and we do love heels, there are many an occasion when wearing heels are just not an option. City living, scooting around town, hopping on and off the metro – you need footwear that is (cringe) practical. But I come bearing good news. Practical is no longer synonymous with ugly. Comfortable is no longer a dirty word. Flats can be so, so fab! Case in point: oxfords. This spring the menswear inspired lace-up is back in business. Here we present tips for what to wear with oxfords and (bonus) show you the cutest styles that will make you hop, skip and jump into Call it Spring….because you can, hop, skip and jump with the freedom of these fierce flats.
What to wear with oxfords – The Traditional Route
If you are looking to play it safe and chic, menswear styles (obvi) mesh well with this dapper kick. Oxfords look best sans socks, so make sure your trousers are hemmed just above the ankle bone to show a flash of skin and keep the silhouette modern.
What to wear with oxfords – Boy meets Girl
Another popular and fail proof option, is to mix masculine and feminine styles a la Annie Hall. The key here is to go easy on the accessories. This look is about tailored pieces acting as a foil against a softer feminine element- in this case a breezy mini skirt. Bonus points for an adorable ankle sock.
What to wear with oxfords – Denim Duos
Jeans and t-shirt gal? No problem. It just so happens that oxfords and denim are two peas in a pod. Be brave and double up on your denim, ahem Canadian Tuxedo is the official term, and make sure you cuff your jeans to add a casual heir to the ensemble.
What to wear with oxfords – Business and Basics
We love a classic look that you can take day to night. Options people! This look is a no brainer. Like really don’t overthink it. A great whisper thin tee, a black skinny, a boyish fit blazer and a brogue. Magic. And if you are going out to dinner, swap in those heels later…
What to wear with oxfords – The Rule Breaker
Rules were made to be broken. Classics are fantastic but don’t be afraid to take a risk. Formal wear and oxfords? Leandre Medine of the man repeller is known for going her own way. Take a dramatic style to a more casual place by switching up your go-to sky high heels with a clean oxford .
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