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How to Wear Oxfords


Cute oxfords, one of the latest fashion trends on college campuses
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Ultra-trendy oxfords have been seen on the feet of super-stylish celebrities for the past few seasons. But now it seems the footwear has jumped to the mainstream – it’s now the latest trend on college campuses. Stylish girls at schools across the country are rocking this unconventional shoe both in class and at parties.

A great alternative to sloppy sneakers or oft-worn ballet flats, oxfords are a perfect addition to any fashion maven’s constantly-growing shoe collection. Afraid to splurge on a pair in fear that you won’t wear them? Don’t be! With this styling guide, you and your new shoes will be set.

How to Wear Oxfords – Tips & Tricks

* Choose heels or flats. Are you, like Carrie Bradshaw, a fan of height in your shoe collection, or do you prefer staying closer to the ground? With the oxford trend, you can have it either way! Oxford heels provide a sexy, quirky vibe while flats are great for a classic, down-to-earth look.

Hot Picks: Heeled Oxfords


Product Information: Betsey Johnson Napoleon Oxfords, Piperlime. Black Lace-Up Oxford Pumps, Electric Boutique. Pleaser Teeze Platform Oxford Pumps, Endlesss. Spotlight Oxfords, ModCloth. Madeline Deedi Heel Oxfords, Endless.

* Go dressy or casual. While heel height (or lack thereof!) will partially determine how dressy or casual your oxfords appear, their finishes and colors are equally important in determining casual or dressy wearability. Shiny patent leathers, luminous metallics, and sparkle-covered finishes on your oxfords add a fun touch to an elegant outfit. Traditional saddle styles, solid colors, and neutrals help to create a look that’s both casual and chic.

Hot Picks: Dressy vs Casual

Casual and Dressy Oxfords

Product Information: Black Henrietta Studded Brogue, Debenhams. Red Vienna Brogue Shoe, Very. Purple Metallic Take Me With Shoe Oxford, ModCloth. Mallory Teal Oxfords, Asos. Kamille Soft Leather Brogues, Topshop. Candela Taylor Oxford, Endless. Toronto Patent Brogues, House of Fraser. Candy Dipped Flat, ModCloth. Leslie Blue Suede Brogues, House of Fraser. Jeffery Campbell Two-Tone Oxford Wedge, Urban Outfitters. Very Volatile Marlena Oxfords, Piperlime.

* Balance it out. Oxfords are a great shoe if you’re looking to play up the feminine/masculine dichotomy. The menswear-inspired footwear creates a great contrast when paired with a short, girly skirt or floral print dress. For a more androgynous look, wear your oxfords with skinny or boyfriend jeans, cargoes, or chinos.

* Watch the width. Narrow silhouettes and thin soles generally make for the most feminine and universally-flattering oxfords. Since any pair of oxfords will draw attention to your lower half, take the opportunity to show off those pretty ankles! Cropped cuts and abbreviated hemlines help to showcase your oxfords, and your legs.

How to Wear Oxfords – Outfit Inspiration

Flirty & Feminine

Flirty and Feminine Outfit with oxford flats

Product Information: Over-the-Knee Socks, Madewell. Knitted Lace Back Shrug, Topshop. Tan Casual Crossbody Bag, Dorothy Perkins. Ditsy Floral Skirt, American Eagle. House of Harlow 1960 Key Ring, Otte. Twist-Neck Racerback Tank, Old Navy. BC Footwear Anchors Aweigh Oxford, Endless.

This look is ideal for a playful girly girl. The floral skirt and flirty over-the-knee socks give this outfit a sweet, feminine touch that helps balance the oxfords’ more masculine style. In addition, these oxfords will work for multiple seasons: The cute cut-out details on the shoes above will make them perfect for your spring or summer looks next year.

Cute & Casual

Casual Outfit - how to wear oxfords

Product Information: Juicy Couture Basic Velour Hoodie in Candied Fig, My Wardrobe. Cargo Jeggings, American Eagle. Jessica Simpson Mely Oxford in Tarnish, Endless. Fabulous Finds Basic Tank, Forever 21. Nixon Oversized Watch, Shopbop. Golden Menagerie Wolf Earrings, ModCloth.

This is a super comfy outfit that’s perfect for fall semester on campus. A cozy zip-up paired with a basic tank and cargo-style jeggings is the ultimate in casual cool. Make sure to roll up the bottom of the cargos to show off those ankles…and these amazing metallic oxfords, of course!

Your thoughts?

What do you think? Would you wear oxfords? Do you already own a pair? If so, what are your tips for wearing them? Are there any other trends you’re wondering how to wear? Let us know your thoughts with a comment!

Posted on on October 14, 2010 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , ,

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29 Responses to “How to Wear Oxfords”

  1. 1
    October 14th, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Own like 3 pairs already, 2x casual, 1 dressy.
    Loooove to wear them!

  2. 2
    October 14th, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    omg i use to think these were shoes that only my grandfather would wear but these outfits are so cute n i love a lot of the shoes you posted. after this post i’m gonna have to go get a pair. any other advice?

  3. 3
    October 14th, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    I feel that velour is a fabric that should never leave your dorm room… I didn’t even know people still owned velour sweats and such.

    However, I do love oxfords!

  4. 4
    October 14th, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    I LOOOVE my oxfords. I got mine from Target for 20 bucks and they’re a lovely cognac color. I bought mine in the spring, but I can’t wait for the weather to cool down around here so I can wear them with Over-The-Knee socks and dresses and such. :) I love the first outfit idea, and I also love the idea of wearing them with skinny jeans rolled up. On cool days, I threw a sweater over my jeans, a scarf, and a blazer, and i was set!

  5. 5
    October 14th, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    I want the flirty dressy oxford. It looks so pretty:)

  6. 6
    October 14th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    i own two pairs, 1 dressy 1 casual. Both are flats though. As much as I love tham, I have been really craving a heeled pair. Either way, I really love oxfords, and can’t wait to get more! I actually think they look really cute with the knee/thigh high socks trend going around lately! Ahhh, this post is making me want to go shopping (again) =]

  7. 7
    October 14th, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    I like heeled oxfords, but not so much the others.

  8. 8
    October 14th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    I love this post!! One of my favorite in awhile :)

    I have a great pair of Steve Madden oxfords that I don’t wear nearly enough, though I’ve been itching to break them out more often. And then there’s a heeled pair I’ve been drooling over at Payless. Great outfits- I don’t even mind the velour- it’s college!

  9. 9
    October 14th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Hmm, i’m not really liking the velour outfit, but then again maybe its someone else’s style :) Not a fan of oxfords, I can’t see myself rocking these on campus, i’m more of a boot person!

  10. 10
    October 14th, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    I love the 1st outfit idea with the knee high socks! a great way to incorporate a lot of trends while they last =D

  11. 11
    October 15th, 2010 at 1:19 am

    thank you, finally.

  12. 12
    October 15th, 2010 at 1:32 am

    I still don’t own a pair of oxfords, but I’ve definitely been thinking about it. The first outfit you put together is so dainty and delicate – love it!

  13. 13
    October 15th, 2010 at 1:34 am

    I love oxfords, but Juicy Couture??? C’mon! As anyone from Project Runway would say: “I’m questioning your taste level!”. College Fashion, you have better standards than that!!!

  14. 14
    October 15th, 2010 at 2:01 am

    I got a plain brown pair recently and I’ve been wondering how to wear them. Thank you!

  15. 15
    October 15th, 2010 at 2:51 am

    I’ve never been interested in wearing oxfords, but i love the brown heeled ones and the “flirty and feminine’ outfit! Too bad it’s nearly summer here in New Zealand ;) love the site by the way! all my friends check it everyday :)

  16. 16
    October 15th, 2010 at 11:04 am

    I’m not a fan of heeled oxfords, but I love the flat ones, especially the 2-tone and saddle shoe styles.

    I like the 1st outfit, but not the second– a velour hoodie? nooooo!!!

  17. 17
    October 15th, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Mainstream meet Oxford.. Oxfords meet mainstream, boooooo… now I need some other shoe to covet. JC velour hoodie, please don’t. Otherwise, nice pics!

  18. 18
    October 16th, 2010 at 12:00 am

    When it comes to oxfords, you really have to search and find the perfect pair. Some you will look at and gag, but others you will fall in love with. I can’t get enough of them, but I have a hard time finding perfect ones that fit ncie and look just as nice. I have one dressy black heel and two flats (one brown, one black) I really like them a lot!

  19. 19
    October 16th, 2010 at 1:25 am

    I have been dying to buy these but have yet to find the perfect pair! I want ones that are pretty reasonable, but have yet to find any. Suggestions?

  20. 20
    October 16th, 2010 at 2:03 am

    ooh I own the JC oxford wedges that’s on here! lovee it. adore this post, so inspiring. my fav forever will be oxford wedges :).

  21. 21
    October 23rd, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    I want the betsey johnson oxfords.! Or the Bordello ones! Both are adorable.

  22. 22
    October 25th, 2010 at 9:03 am

    I really like the heeled oxfords! I actually bought a pair this past weekend. They are all black with a skinny heel. They are very cute and they only cost me like $23 from Burlington. I also bought some skirts and over the knee socks from Forever21 to wear with the heels.
    I like the flat oxfords aswell but I’m not sure if I can pull them off.

  23. 23
    August 30th, 2011 at 8:24 am

    I have both heels and flat oxfords, I love them both!!! I am approx. 6ft tall so the flats get more use but, when I’m feeling a lil gitty I pop the heels and off to class I go!!

  24. 24
    September 15th, 2011 at 6:41 am

    I am in love with oxfords!!! i own 2 pairs already ( one in muted camel and other in shiny dark brown leather) and now am searching for a little dressy pair (like with a little lace or something)……
    definitely my type of footwear!!!!!!

    P.S.: LOVE the outfits!!!! :)

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