Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Trend Watch: Oxfords


Taylor Swift

 It’s time I start taking the Oxford trend seriously!

They’ve been around for a while now, but I haven’t been sold on them.  I’m an old soul that loves vintage style and also think menswear on women is stunning when done well.  Still for some reason, I wasn’t adapting to these funny little shoes.

Until now.


Who can deny how cute these guys are?  Jessica Biel rocks Oxfords all the time.  Here she’s wearing Stuart Weitzman’s cutout version – an interesting take on the shoe that highlights one of the biggest trends in footwear for 2010.  The nude color mixed with the open air makes this a great summer shoe. 1121574-p-DETAILED

Taylor Swift delighted me by showing off her young and chic style, pairing her brown Oxfords with blue herringbone tights and a casual striped dress.  She looks fantastic.  I’m not sure whose shoe she’s wearing, but I found a few alternatives online.  I really like this flat pair from Ruche and the saucy heeled version by Miss Sixty.   

Ruche Miss Sixty



Sienna Miller gives the Oxford a perfect “city cool” look here.  I really love the white/off white color and am thinking that if…I mean WHEN I get a pair, it will be something like this.  So cute.  This pair from Etsy is a winner too. 


 Candela saks 4What I think I’m responding to most about this trend is its ability to put an edgy, feminine twist on a masculine silhouette.  This sassy lace-up is the perfect example of the masculine/feminine marriage.  This look works best with knee-length dresses, suits and jeans.  

The shoe will give a hip pop and old-school charm to a business casual wardrobe. 


whitney-portOxfords have certainly become a staple for Hollywood celebs like Sienna Miller, Jessica Biel, Rihanna, Hillary Duff and Whitney Port.  

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imageSo, what is it about these shoes?  They’re comfortable, they’re a great alternative to sandals or ballet flats, and they can go with just about anything (even a wedding dress??)! 

They look great with or without socks, with skinny jeans or cropped pants, with dresses and skirts, shorts and capris.  They evoke a relaxed, effortless look, and to me, they are the shoe of the season.

I’ll end with photos of a few other unique Oxford styles – metallic and delicate cut-out.  How to choose??

Melissa saksCandela Saks 2 heeled - anthro

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