55 Oxfords That Are Anything But Conservative
Oxfords are considered to be one of the most traditionally conservative shoes out there - they are named after Oxford University for goodness sake. Buy a pair of oxfords and you may as well put in an order for a tweed jacket, a pipe, and a bow tie.
Because of their conservative origin, no one could have imagined the oxford renaissance of epic proportions these last few years. Not only has the hundred year old shoe gained popularity with men, but not since the 1920’s has the shoe been so popular with women - flappers would wear the shoe with their Peter Pan collar dresses, so cute.
As a dressier alternative to the ballet flat for those on the run and a definite conversation starter for work and play, the oxford is kind of the perfect shoe. And now that designers are getting inventive with their styling, the oxford is really taking the spotlight.
A few keys for styling oxfords:
Show Some Ankle If you are wearing pants, make sure there is some ankle showing between the pant hem and the shoe.
Fitted Pants Look Best Aim for leggings or fitted jeans for a fool-proof option. If you want to get jiggy, try a wide leg tailored pant.
Play Up the Professor Vibe Wear a button down top or a vest as an homage to the shoe’s professorial past.
Wear Oxfords to Play Down a Short Skirt Have a skirt too short for heels? Oxfords are a dressy option that will make you look sweet in that mini.