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How Do Women Wear Brogues For Fall?

wearing brogues for fall 3Fashion trends are fleeting.

What was in vogue last year is now lying in a rumpled heap at the back of your closet.

It’s hard to admit how easy it is to get sucked into the “latest trend”, but it happens to the best of us.

(I speak from experience!)

The hardest part about taking on a new client is the balancing act I must play between their:

  • wants,
  • needs,
  • expectations,
  • personal fashion sense, and
  • budget

It’s enough to have me pulling hair out some days!

But it’s also something I love the challenge of doing.

That’s when knowing classic fashion comes into play.  Taking classic silhouettes and adding them to a client’s (or my own) wardrobe will keep said closet timeless…

…and not trendy.

wearing brogues for fallSo today’s post is about a classic shoe that is truly menswear but has been adapted over the decades by the “fashion gods” to work in a woman’s wardrobe as well.  I’m talking about the one and only brogue.

Now before you go running out to add this chic and versatile shoe to your wardrobe, here’s some facts to know:

Insane Fact #1: Most American Gents Don’t Dig Brogues

Maybe because the style has been adapted for women, but most of my American male clients hate the style!  For whatever reason they think it’s too old fashion, looks bad on their foot, or aren’t comfortable…oh well, every style can’t please everyone.

This is kind of awesome because it makes the style that much more wearable for the American women:)

Insane Fact #2: A Shoe Must Have “Brouging” To Be A Brogue

I’m not sure if “brouging” is an actual word, but what I’m saying is a shoe has to have the tiny perforated holes on.  To be more specific, these holes must be on the toe, around the sides (wing-tip) and the back of the shoe to be a full brogue!

There are also semi-brogues, quarter brogues, long wing brogues, and Oxford brogues. 

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Insane Fact #3: Brogues Look Good When Worn For Work

This is why I love this shoe so much!  Even if you work in a business professional environment, brogues will work with a three-piece pant or skirt suit.

If you want to wear brogues with a suit, be sure to choose a straight-leg or ankle pant and a slimmer-cut brogue shoe.  Your goal is to have a menswear inspired look without looking masculine.  Softening the lines of the silhouettes of your blazer, pants, skirt and shoe will achieve this balance.

Now if you work in a business casual environment, feel free to experiment with different style brogues and different length pants or skirts.  Keep the balance here as well and go for brogues that compliment your foot.

Insane Fact #4: Brogues Work Well For Play

Even if you’re stepping out for after hours or just running errands on the weekend, a swanky pair of brogues will work for your look.

  • For jeans, go for a more distressed or “worn” style of brogue in softer leathers.  Boyfriend, ankle, and distressed jeans paired with a chambray shirt is a great choice.
  • For a dress, jazz up your brogues and go for a spectator (meaning two-tone) style paired with a flared or skater hem dress or skirt.  It’s a very 50’s inspired look.

Insane Fact #5: Even the Heel-Lover Can Find A Pair of Brogues

This is something I’ve personally experienced.  I’m a lover of all shoes stiletto height and higher and I like to wear said shoes everywhere I go!  So I was more than a little surprised to find that I found (and really liked) brogues so well.

That’s of course because many designers have done heeled brogues that satisfy my love of heels as well as my need for comfort.  Choose a sleeker style brogue with less decoration–like a half or quarter brogue–and a thinner heel.  I loathe chunky heels so those styles didn’t work for me:(

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Now that you know a bit more about this menswear adapted shoe, will you be grabbing a pair for fall?

Let me know, comment below!

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