With many recent womens fashion trends borrowing influences from menswear such as the boyfriend blazer and boyfriend cardi, it was only a matter of time before womens footwear followed suit. And so its little surprise that brogue shoes for women have made it big, as pioneered by famous fashionistas such as Alexa Chung.
The beauty of the brogue is that it allows you to mix both masculine and feminine aspects in your outfit for a quirky look. Its not one that everyone can pull-off, so we take a look at the different styles available, and the dos and donts of wearing womens brogue shoes.
Traditional flat brogues
A traditional brogue is a flat lace up shoe made up of different panels. These panels are emphasised with punch details (broguing) along the seams. Whilst mens brogues are smart footwear usually worn with a suit, womens brogues are usually worn as more of a fashion statement. Wear them with a suit at your peril this will look much too manly. The key is to wear them with something feminine so stick to something that shoes your legs off like a dress or short denim shorts with tights. This will flatter both tall and petite women. Obviously this style of shoe wont add much height if youre vertically challenged but it will give you a neat and cute look so give it a go!
High heel brogues
If classic brogues are that little bit too boyish for you, never fear, because high heeled brogue shoes are now available. Many take the form of brogued shoe boots, which look fabulous with cropped tailored trousers such as peg leg trousers. Team your trousers with a feminine top and a rolled-up sleeve blazer for a high fashion, minimum-effort outfit.
For many, the thought of brogues conjures up images of staid looking black and dark brown shoes. If youre a colour lover, youll be pleased to hear that womens brogues can now be found in all colours of the rainbow. Look for patent versions, which make the colour really pop for a bold fashion statement.
Two tone brogues
For lovers of the retro look, two tone brogues in contrasting colours will give any outfit an unusual accent. The different panels of brogue shoes lend themselves perfectly to a two tone colour scheme. Black and white patent leather ladies brogues give a chic look use them to liven up a plain black outfit and add other white accessories to finish.