WIW: the oxfords I have

I'm continuing to audition metallic or taupe oxfords to add to my wardrobe. Meanwhile, I have these tan Born Arlettas (three or four years old) that are easy to wear, especially now that I have a tan belt and a couple of bags that coordinate with them.

The outfits:

1-3 (worn for a day off, and a trip to see the otters--otherwise known as a visit to the aquarium!): white boyfriend jeans (Kut from the Kloth, Catherine); blue, slate gray, taupe and off-white blurry-print knit top (made by me); tan belt (Trafalgar); weathered tan oxfords (Born, Arletta); brown stone and silver necklace (gift); hammered silver half-hoop earrings (Marjorie Baer); olive jacket (Laundry by Shelli Segal); navy and tan satchel (Dooney & Bourke). I rolled the pant legs this time; they looked a little short to wear down, as in the previous day's post.

4-8 (worn for a day off and piano lesson): black and white strip knit tee (Caslon); black, gray, and white snakeskin print cotton cardigan (Foxcroft); tan belt (Trafalgar); dark straight-leg jeans (Kut from the Kloth, Stevie); weathered tan oxfords (Born, Arletta); brushed silver dangle hoops (Marjorie Baer); black packable travel coat (Cole Haan); black and brown snake print cross body bag (Aimee Kestenberg). I showed the back of the coat, as it has a tie that I really like, and the hem dips down in back.

Thanks for looking! Your thoughts and suggestions are welcome!

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  • kellygirl replied 3 years ago

    Definitely enjoy those oxfords. They look fab in both outfits. In most cases, I'm really drawn to the high contrast white bottoms with the brown but I like the low contrast equally in your case. The low contrast darks look so rich and luxe! Good luck on the hunt for metallic oxfords. I think those are going to be a wonderful addition to your wardrobe. You can't wear the Paul Green sandal booties in the winter where you live anyway!  Fab x 2!

  • replied 3 years ago

    Love the t and jacket pairing in 5 and 6 - and that handbag is fantastic!  What a unique piece - adds such a personal touch to an outfit.  Beautiful.

  • Karie replied 3 years ago

    The weathered tan oxfords look great with the white jeans. Your KUTs fit you like mine fit me - a true BF fit. I wasn't sure if I cared for that at first, but now I love it. 

    Both outfits are fab but #1 is my fav. The blue and gray in your top looks fantastic with your white jeans.

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    You look super, Sharan. I especially like #3 and #4. Enjoy those old oxfords. xo

  • shedev replied 3 years ago

    The oxfords look great.

  • Tanya replied 3 years ago

    Both outfits are great, and I especially like the version in #3. The oxfords look great with the white jeans, great color pairing. And I know that they are comfy too, as I have them in a lighter color.

  • K. Period. replied 3 years ago

    Great outfits.  It is so nice to have an item that already works while you are looking for its replacement.  These are great!

  • Elizabeth P replied 3 years ago

    FC, have you tried the Vince Camuto oxfords? I keep meaning to ask, so my apologies if I have already. I recently got them, they are awesome. Wore them all day, no socks, right out of the box. They are a grey patent rather than metallic, but I actually like that, less "in your face".

    Oh, and you look amazing, as always...

  • shevia replied 3 years ago

    Your old oxfords look perfectly current and terrific in these outfits. I especially like them with the long blue jeans - or maybe it is just fun to see people wearing full length jeans after so long!

  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    Thanks, everyone! I appreciate your comments and encouragement.

    Elizabeth, I did not try the Vince Camuto pair. I thought they ran narrow, and I wasn't looking for patent--that said, I did order Doc Martens in a similar color of patent leather (although I returned them). I think I've found what I'm looking for, but I have to wait to see them in person (I've ordered them)--the Naot Kedma that Angie featured, which turned up in a gray shimmer leather. And I'm hanging on to the Paul Green Addly in taupe, which I also really, really like. I'll only keep one pair, though.

  • AnnieMouse replied 3 years ago

    I love that shirt you made!
    (And obviously, I'm a fan of the shoes)

  • quietgirl replied 3 years ago

    chic, chic, chic! I am looking for some oxfords myself. They are like hens teeth (impossible to find) in my size!  Love that top! Where do you find your fabric??

  • jackiec replied 3 years ago

    You always look so great! That is a fab cost in 3/4 - I like the dip in the back too! Good luck on the silver/grey oxford hunt too.

  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    Quietgirl, I think I got that one at Nancy's Sewing Basket in Seattle.

  • quietgirl replied 3 years ago

    Thanks! 100% cotton or blend?

  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    Quietgirl, It's a rayon lycra blend. I also shop online for fabrics at Marcytilton.com, emmaonesock.com, and sewingworkshop.com.

  • Angie_T replied 3 years ago

    You look fab....as always! Love #3...but the others are great looking as well. 

  • Angie_T replied 3 years ago

    ps - can't wait to see what you do with metallic oxfords.

  • Lyn D. replied 3 years ago

    Your tan belt has given the shoes a new lease of life- Fab :)

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