What to Wear with Oxford Shoes for Women

Along with pointy-toed flats, and flat shoes inspired by smoking slippers, flat oxford shoes are one of the hottest women's shoe trends for summer 2017. And, even when oxfords aren't especially "in," they're still a fashionable choice for women who want to add a dressy feel to an outfit, without having to wear high heels.
The only problem is, a lot of women aren't sure what to wear with flat oxfords. I think the confusion comes in because oxfords are so different from most other women's shoe styles, that many just aren't convinced that they can work them into their wardrobe.
While there are a few items that won't work well with the lace-up shoes that are inspired by menswear, there are lots of outfits that do work with them. Below, I cover a few of the most popular and attractive combinations.

Oxford Shoes and Women's Jeans



In addition to being the most obvious choice, jeans are also the easiest thing to pair with flat oxford shoes. Skinny jeans, flared jeans, cropped, rolled, and even straight leg jeans can handle the masculinity of a pair of oxford shoes, and even benefit from being paired with them, since the dressiness of most oxfords will help to elevate women's jeans out of that "too casual" range.

And whether you're going with classic blue, or some form of colored denim, you have several options for topping the whole outfit off. To add a bit of femininity to the combination, you could wear a loose blouse or shimmery tank; for a cute casual look, try a simple, scoop or v-neck tee shirt; and for a clean and classic outfit, choose a blazer or a button down shirt.

Women's Oxfords with Casual and Dress Pants



Dress pants and oxford shoes are another no-brainer; and the combination is probably the first one most women think of when they're considering a pair of flat oxfords.

The thing is, you don't have to just think along traditional lines by pairing them with a pair of plain black pants, or a basic business suit.
In fact, you can really make a pair of oxfords stand head and shoulders above other flats by choosing the right pair of dressy or casual pants -- or even jumpsuits -- to wear with them.
In most cases, it's the cut of the pants that will determine whether or not you've got a winning combination.

For example, as long as they fit your body type, skinny or cigarette pants will get bonus style points; while wide-legged and flared pants add a bit of laid-back sophistication to oxford shoes.
On the other hand, baggy or pleated pants should be used with caution, as the combination could have you treading dangerously close to frumpy territory.
Another way to really create a dynamic look with women's pants and oxford shoes is to use patterns and textures to create a striking contrast between the two.

You could try combining striped pants or patterned leggings with two-toned or metallic oxfords; or wearing suede oxfords paired with tweed pants will really up your fashion quotient, and show that your choice was made deliberately and confidently.

Dresses and Skirts with Oxford Shoes


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If you're feeling a bit adventurous, or happen to looking for a way to really change up your style, go with a dress or skirt. You'll want to go with a skirt or dress that provides some kind of contrast to the oxford shoes themselves. Since oxford shoes are masculine by nature, the easiest way to guarantee that contrast is by wearing them with something overtly feminine.
Now, by feminine, I don't necessarily mean floral prints and ruffles -- although those things could definitely work. What I do mean is that you want to think of what oxford shoes are, then add something that they aren't into the equation, for balance.
For example, a tailored skirt with oxford flats is fine, providing the skirt isn't too long. If it is too far below the knees, it might end up looking as if you're wearing some sort of conservative costume or retro uniform.
However, if you were to choose a shorter tailored skirt instead, your outfit automatically has a bit of built-in femininity because you're showing a bit of your legs. Don't like showing your legs? No worries, just add a pair of tights or stockings to the mix.
Prefer long skirts? That's not a problem either, you can still go with a longer skirt, but look for a less-structured fabric that will soften up the whole outfit a bit.
By that same token, things like metallic or glittery accents; flouncy designs; and even very simple, dressy dresses can look really stylish with a pair of oxford shoes. But remember to not go overboard the other way.
Like most things in fashion -- and in life -- it's all about balance.