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.
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.
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.
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.
What 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.
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??