Using My Imagination For 5 Ways of Styling Brogues
Styling brogues is a fabulous request from a fellow blogger, Nancy, who is a Dutch blogger. Her comment was “I have a pair of black patent brogues that only seem to look good under chinos! Have you got any ideas?” Of course, I have ideas and Nancy was even game to try my ideas too, so make sure to see her looks.
Quote of the day: “I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.” Augusten Burroughs
One of the things I am learning is to evaluate the item we may be struggling with to style, and try to describe it in other terms. For the idea of styling brogues I decided to think about trying to use them in all kinds of outfits.
And the quote resonated with me since I wasn’t 100% in love with all of the looks. Yet even Babe Ruth struck out many times at the plate, right?
What is a Brogue Shoe
There is a specific definition of a brogue shoe but when it comes to styling brogues, the definition is not important. What is important is how you perceive it and then trying to make it more versatile by changing that perception.
You could also call this shoe an oxford and to me, it’s a masculine shoe. But if you really analyze the shoe, it can be very similar to many ankle boots, loafers or even sneakers.
I would like to point out that the 2 times I wore these shoes out in public, I did get complements on them. Maybe because they are shiny, or maybe because you don’t see them on everyone??
BUT, if you struggle with finding comfy shoes, this style could be for you.
Also, I have another pair of brogues that are apricot colored that I’ve worn before on the blog. I don’t wear them often, but enough that they survived the purge when we moved out to Arizona.
How I went about styling brogues
1-I started with the classic idea that if they are masculine, then you’d wear them to work with work pants.
2-Then I wanted to try a different classification and paired them with jeans.
3- This time I thought about showing off the shoes, so I wore them with a cropped pant. (Granted my work pants were somewhat cropped too)
4- Can you wear brogues with a skirt? For this experiment, I thought they’d look good with tights.
5– And last but not least, I wondered about styling brogues with matching knee socks to see if they would look like a tall boot?
Insider tip: Not all brogues are created equal. This pair is very lightweight and I picked them up thrifting.
Brogues for Work
These shoes remind me of many of Rob’s shoes, and styling them as part of a “work outfit” includes a work pant.
What exactly is a work pant? This pair is like a pair I used to wear to work all the time as a dentist. Black and not too tight.
These brogues continue the theme of professional and somewhat dressy and are easy to wear for a full day of “working”.
Styling Brogues Casually
The opposite of working is playing or a more casual outfit. And nothing says casual like jeans. I think these shoes would look good with all jeans including blue denim, white ones or even grey.
Since the jeans are distressed and what I would consider VERY casual, I wore a nicer jacket for the top half.
Insider tip: Even though the color of the shoes and jacket don’t match, the shininess pulls them together nicely.
Show Off Your Shoes
We are seeing lots of cropped pants lately, and it will be a topic of discussion next week on the blog. I’m one who thinks you can wear any kind of shoe with cropped pants.
If you were to analyze the outfit as a “stylist”, you might say there are too many horizontal lines. But I think this idea is hogwash. Who cares how tall I look? Since when is taller better?
In fact, if you need some cheerleading, my Perfectly Imperfect post is a popular one.
Insider tip: Remember the only thing we should strive for when getting dressed is feeling good in what we wear. Not the fact that we look taller or skinnier!!
In my opinion, I thought this outfit was whimsical. And one of the comments on TikTok was she was obsessed with my outfit. (Actually she said upset, but I think it was an autocorrect because of the emojis).
As the idea to try styling brogues with a skirt, I figured if I match the tights to the shoes, it will all blend in and make it seem cohesive.
This is not unlike wearing your tights with ankle boots or even sneakers.
Insider tip: Even though I wore a black top, I tied a warm color scarf even closer to my face. This scarf is one of Gibby’s that is swimsuit material and they are basically only $10 with my code JodieTOS25W. Stretchy and comfy and easy to tie.
The Wild Card
When I started thinking of these brogues as another version of an ankle boot, it made me wonder if I could create a tall boot look out of them instead. I borrowed some of Lesley’s black knee high socks and wore them with a short skirt .
I wouldn’t say this is my favorite look. It reminds me of a “schoolgirl” and might work better with brogues that aren’t patent leather/shiny. But as I always say, you get a mulligan with every new outfit you put together, and if you don’t try, you’ll never know.
Don’t forget to check out Nancy’s interpretations for these same styling brogues ideas.
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