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STYLE IT: The Classic Oxford

Ballet flats, step aside… oxfords are making their way as the go-to casual and comfortable springtime favorite shoes.  The classic oxford style may be best known as a traditional men’s shoe, however the trend has been spotted everywhere on the gals lately from the runway, on the streets, and on celebs such as Olivia Palermo, Sienna Miller, and Rihanna.  You may have seen these with a heel but we love the flat version these days (it now comes in so many different styles and colors, has a softer, more ladylike look, and is completely versatile).  Want to know how to wear this footwear trend to fit your style?  Take a look at a few warm weather looks that we have put together that will look great with this must-have lace-up style, no matter how you want to wear it.

CLASSIC


A fitted blazer plus skinny dark rinse jeans with a pair of simple black oxfords like these from Sam Edelman update a classic look.  An oversized watch is another great menswear element to go with this comfy yet sophisticated outfit.

Shoes: Sam Edelman Cory Oxford ($129.95), 1. Bop Basics The Fiance Blazer ($198) 2. LA Made Sheree Tee ($29) 3. MICHAEL Michael Kors Women’s Bracelet WatchBanana Republic Ultimate Skinny Dark Wash Jean ($89.50) ($250) 4.

PREPPY


Boyfriend jeans worn with a soft tee and cardigan or a button down like this one from the GAP are sure to create an effortless preppy chic ensemble.  Add a pair of Boutique 9 metallic oxfords and top it off with a cute headband to achieve the ultra prep style.

Shoes: Boutique 9 Ronnie Oxford ($130), 1. Forever 21 Pyramid Stud Headband ($5.80) 2. GAP Pinstriped Roll-up Shirt ($49.50) 3. 7 For All Mankind Jared Boyfriend Jeans ($198)

GIRLY

We love the idea of a menswear shoe paired with a flirty frock.  Floral prints and sweet dresses are the perfect match with a simple metallic oxford like this one by Steven by Steve Madden.  Or think Sienna Miller and try a full skirt and tank with a denim jacket.  Add a long necklace to finish off this feminine look.

Shoes: Steven by Steve Madden Jezebell Oxfords ($99), 1. Delia’s Melodie Denim Jacket ($59.50) 2. Nordstrom Long Strand Metal Bead Station Necklace ($48) 3. Anthropologie Fluid Rib Tank ($28) 4. Topshop Petite Floral Bubble Skirt ($70)

EDGY


For all you gals who want a tough look, wear a striped mini with a leather jacket and a textured pairs of oxfords like these from Steve Madden.  Pile on a stack of chain and faux leather bracelets and you’re good to go.

Shoes: Steve Madden Tirah ($69.95), 1. Kenneth Cole Reaction Studded Faux Leather Jacket ($78) 2. Vince Favorite Tank ($48) 3. Aqua Chain Bracelet Stack ($40) 4. Arden B. Lurex Stripe Mini Skirt ($39)

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