How to Wear: Oxfords Without Looking Like a Prep School Boy

January 13, 2010 by Jeanine Edwards
shefinds | Style

As menswear continues to be a dominant trend in womenswear (ahem, boyfriend jeans and cardigans), one of our favorite ways to embrace the guys’ style is with a smart pair of sharp oxford shoes. Yup, the lace-up shoes that scores of young boys were forced to wear to school everyday with their uniform. They’re in style now and can look really cute with the right outfit. We’ve been eyeing the Elsbeth leather oxfords at J. Crew.

The key to pulling off a pair of oxfords is dressing them up with really feminine clothing. Think a leg-baring mini, a ruffled top, a girly saddle bag and some flashy bangles. This way, you’ll have a hint of the trendy menswear styling without looking overly boyish. Depending on your profession, this casual cool look could work for the office, or you could save it for a daytime first date:

elsbeth leather oxfords

J. Crew Elsbeth Leather Oxford, $225

lark and wolff by steven alan pixie skirt

Lark & Wolff Pixie Skirt, $58

3.1 phillip lim silk tuxedo blouse

3.1 Phillip Lim Silk Blouse, $146

the sak juniper saddle bag

The SAK Juniper Saddle Bag, $78.95

lauren crystal station bangles

Lauren Crystal Station Bangles, $48

There you have it. See more What To Wear With tutorials, and for more great shoe trends, check out our guides to oxfords, booties and over-the-knee boots.


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Jeanine Edwards is a writer and editor covering fashion, beauty and shopping. She never misses a sale and is committed to good skincare. Prior to joining the SheFinds team, Jeanine worked at XO Group and InStyle. You can reach Jeanine at [email protected]

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