24 Sep 2012

The Paris Weekend, Street Style

Street style… or watching what is happening on the streets is the best way to appreciate and learn about fashion … A city like Paris can change your way of thinking in minutes… it is hard to know where to look… and sometimes Paris can be a full-on sensory overload… but that’s all good, because from that, new ideas and ways to re-invigorate our look and our wardrobes evolve… Sometimes the addition of one accessory, a new style of shoe or a cut of pant… can not only make us look more stylish and up to date but also make us feel so much more chic.

In Paris it seems that many of the girls wear oxford/brogue lace ups with shorter jeans and pants… boyfriend style or straighter leg… but definitely an above the ankle pant… I understand that you could be thinking… ‘school shoes’… is she crazy? Let me say, there was nothing schoolmarmish about the girls I saw wearing these shoes… and there was no age limit either… older, younger and in-between were looking pretty fabulous in their lace-ups.

The brogue and the loafer has replaced the ballerina… when we are talking flats at least… and flats did seem to be out and about… This is great news for those of us who find heels a trial… Don’t for a moment think I am giving up my heels… after all, a heel is a heel is a heel… and nothing changes an outfit like a heel… but there are days when comfort must prevail… Truthfully, I am so delighted to swap my ballet flats for a brogue.

I am lacing up my new Oxfords, taking them out and giving them a walk… xv

 

THE ‘PARIS’ WEEKEND

the katie lace up brogue //  stuart weitzman dashing oxford


 

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53 Comments

Pamela

The Oxfords are a Fall shoes. I love wearing them flat like in your picture above or with heels.. Have a Happy Autumn Weekend!!

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Jess Flett

They will look fabulous on you. I love the idea but just don’t think I’d be able to carry them off. I love your observations on street style. I am drooling over that gorgeous scarf. Have a wonderful weekend. Jx

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Anita Rivera

What a wonderful description of what this young woman was wearing, and you left the rest to our senses….only showing us a glimpse. I can see it.

Oh, French fashion, SO WONDERFUL!! Anita

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Elle from Elle's picturebook

I might try brogues, somehow though to my mind I don’t feel they can be as flattering on me as Chanel ballets or Roger Vivier flats? Have you got a pair/tried them??

Love seeing your new posts… Elle x

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Vicki

Yes…. and I love them.. I wear ballet flats so often that it is great to have a change from them.. a slightly new look never hurts… and I enjoy to mix it up a bit…

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Eve/My Little French Shop @ Etsy

Oh La La – I love my brogue’s have been wearing that style for years – I also wear them with dresses which can be very cute. Love that bit of masculine mixed in my mostly feminine wardrobe, wing tip shoes with a bit of heel is also one of my favorite styles – all designers come up with a lovely brogue once in a while – I tend to buy them on the spot :)
Wonderful post!!!!
x
Eve

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Vicki

I like the idea of wearing mine with a full-ish skirt and sweater… maybe turtleneck… I just need to find the skirt…:)

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Ali

Love the brogues….but do you think women in their 60’s can wear them without looking ridiculous?

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Vicki

Absolutely… it’s how you wear them (confidently) and what you wear with them that makes all the difference. A well fitting black pant, a smart sweater and a pair of brogues… nothing more stylish…

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Katherine

It makes sense that the season highlighting the ‘boyfriend pant’ and ‘his shirt’ has taking the oxford and slimmed it down to compliment the ensemble {and a lady’s dainty foot}.
I’d love a pair to wear with tights, a cord skirt and big sweater. Comfort!

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French Girl in Seattle

Well I can tell *someone* has had entirely too much fun working on this post! That’s ok as I had entirely too much fun reading it! :-) All right. Time to confess: This French Girl has been DYING to know where you and Sande found the fabulous brown pair of blogues she showed on her blog this week… I do not think they were the Zizi model by Repetto, but I could be wrong. I love Oxford shoes, even if good ones are not that easy to find. They work much better than ballet flats in the d.a.m.p. Seattle weather. Bon weekend, Vicki. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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Vicki

My favourite French shoe shop… Andre… but the first link that i included is very close to the pair I bought…

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French Girl in Seattle

Ha! I had bet on Eram… I lost, but not by much… Very fetching pair, I must say. Now I understand why Sande went back and got TWO pairs! That’s something most people would not do chez Repetto for obvious reasons :-) Phew. I can rest now. Merci et bon weekend, Vicki.

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Vicki

The Repetto ones… are different… too soft almost and don’t give that masculine/preppy look that is popular right now… Andre is amazing quality for the price… my first port of call with friends who are travelling to France… and who like shoes… :)

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A Gift Wrapped Life

I am going to need this link for coloured shoelaces Vicki, the three I brought back won’t nearly be enough once I get going this winter. Great work on the link on the oxfords too………..they are very similiar. Oh dear…..I am going to need a few of those shorter pants too. Ahhh, fashion never ends does it? Happy weekend Vicki. Last week at this time we were snoozing on the train. xx

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Vicki

I just trotted out in mine… super comfortable… I think I will wear them every day… have that feeling… :)

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Heather in Arles

Sigh. Well I love all of this but can afford to buy none of it (although I really appreciate that you also included a budget friendly pair) so I guess I’ll have to trot out a vintage pair of Gucci’s that may be a bit beat up but are better than nothing. Let’s hear it for shopping in the closet!!! Yay!!!

Bon Weekend. :)

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Leslie

I don’t think the oxfords will look good on me.. but I do like the ISABEL MARANT scarf. JCrew has really added some nice pieces for fall and winter. I just bought a tweed skirt with a little burgundy in it to wear with leggings and boots. There’s also a burgundy blouse that’s gorgeous.. need to order that too! Mail ordering can be tricky .. fortunately JCrew is true to size so it’s usually a safe bet and their quality is good. Oh, and that boyfriend cashmere.. need that too! Have a nice weekend!

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La Contessa

Wonderful news as being 5 ’11” tall I only do FLATS!!
Ps Guess what came in the mail yesterday!!!!!Your second book!,,,Guess I did order it too!What a treat for me!
Xxx

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Christina

I like that whole look! I don’t have those kind of shoes anymore, but I do have biker ankle boots worn with tights right now.

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mary jo

You actually are tempting me with this post Vicki. I used to wear lace up white bucks, it was the style back in the day with long knee-grazing chiffon skirts–but I always felt they made my feet look big. Perhaps I will re-think, maybe a darker color would look better.

xo Mary Jo

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Millie

Oh no Vicki, my short, stubby legs can’t bear the thought of brogues! I’d look like a cross between Margaret Rutherford & that Pommy Dog Trainer Barbara WhatsHerName, you know, the ‘Walkies!” lady. All that’s missing is the sensible tweed skirt. On this occasion my dear, I’ll have to leave the trend setting to you.
Millie xx

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Kate

I have been wearing my brogues all winter as they are a favourite of mine so was thrilled to hear about the girls in Paris, just need to shorten those pants now. Thank you for the fashion updates, love reading about it and seeing your photos Vicki.

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Vicki

IT’s funny how the length of the pant can change the whole look… Something for next winter… :)

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Vicki

I would never give up heels either… but I can’t walk in them day in day out… Sometimes a little masculine style with he feminine can be sexy too…
I love your idea of entering heaven with style…. I know you will… :)

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Playing With Scarves

I’ll do my best… Thanks ! One important question remains though: are they shoe and scarf stores in Heaven? If not, then this won’t be Heaven!
This said, I totally agree with you: a little msaculine touch can be very feminine and very sexy. Yves Saint Laurent proved it with his tuxedo line for women (Deneuve was sublime wearing a St Laurent tuxedo).
Have a lovely day … with heels or flat shoes…
xo,
Anne

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yvonne

Strange I was forced to wear Oxford shoes in school. Couldn’t wait to change into ballet slippers. Years latter I realized
how much better the oxford is for your feet. The leaves are turning colors in Maine. I love the Fall. Have a great Sunday. yvonne

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pve

love to sketch from your eyes.
my 13 year old fashionista daughter bought a pair of brogues.
i have to photograph her…
pve

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The Enchanted Home

Thanks for allowing us to “almost be there”….next best thing at least:) Cannot imagine a more inspirational city to observe street fashion in…..they could be wearing plastic flip flops and it would look like a million dollars:)

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bee smith gilbert

I like the idea of the brogues, they will give me a tiny bit of height which I don’t get from the flats that I also love. My sister picked up a pair of vintage PRADA brogues at a garage sale for $2 !!!
keep on blogging, we love it!
bee x

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Angie Muresan

Ah, lucky me, I bought a pair of lace-ups in the spring, which will be just perfect. I, too, love street style, and even here in my tiny pacific northwest city, there are some fabulously stylish women.

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Amy Kortuem

I love that look – especially since I spent the weekend in heels, playing my harp for a wedding and presenting at an expo. My feet would have LOVED some oxfords!

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