There is just something about androgynous fashion that screams sophistication and style. In a world where traditional gender roles and responsibilities are blurring, why should fashion stay behind? The classic brogue shoe, also known as the Oxford shoe, has come back with a bang (although most people do not know that Oxfords are actually one out of four closure styles for brogue shoes). I love this style of shoe as a great alternative to ankle boots, ballet flats and other casual closed-toe shoes. The best part is that there are such a wide variety of styles available – sequins, glitter, patent leather and more – that every girl is bound to find one that makes her inner fashionista sing with joy.
Over the years, I have learned a really handy trick about androgynous fashion: it always helps to balance out the masculinity of menswear-inspired pieces with feminine ones. Plus, the infusion of “girliness” will make your outfit look less fuddy-duddy and more fabulous.
In line with this style of thinking, pair your brogues with floral skater dresses, pleated skirts, patterned crop tops, coloured denim and flirty mini skirts for fun summer outfits. This combination works especially well if you are wearing traditional brogues in earthy colours like tan and black. If the weather is on the cooler side, you can always pull on a pair of sheer black stockings or thigh-high socks. Accessorize with a statement necklace and a fun clutch to complete the look.
Of course, brogues look equally good with trousers, pants and jeans, too. One of my favourite ways to style brogues is to pair them with ankle length jeans. Given the cut of the shoe and the cuff of the jeans, this style shows off your ankles in a cheeky way. Throw on a crisp white shirt and you have fashioned yourself the perfect ensemble for a casual spring day! When the fall comes around, you can take this outfit up a notch by layering a chunky sweater over your shirt for a vintage vibe inspired by menswear, that brings out the beauty of brogues wonderfully. If you want to dress things up, switch the sweater for a sharp blazer instead. Brogues are a really great way to jazz up an ordinary t-shirt and jeans combination, too. Add a statement necklace to the mix and you are good to go!
Finally, do not be afraid to experiment with new styles of brogues that make a statement. Whilst the traditional leather shoes are timeless, you can have a lot of fun with brogues in vibrant colours, quirky prints and offbeat fabrics. If you are on the short side, you can even add some height to your look with a pair of heeled brogues – these are absolutely adorable and so chic. Happy styling, ladies!