Man up this autumn
Given it’s now nearly September, I don’t feel bad mentioning the ‘A’ word and although I’m praying for an Indian summer, there’s no denying there’s a chill in the air… What’s more, what with all the new AW14 collections hitting the shops, I’m thinking it’s time to face facts – winter is coming! But, luckily we have a few transitional months of autumn before we talk scarfs, hats, gloves and Santa Claus.
So, if like me, you are thinking of how to update your autumn wardrobe, read on.
The key collections in London and Milan for AW14 definitely had a manly feel about them, from oversized coats, peg trousers to bowler hats. Combine this with the mistress of style (AKA: Alexa) latest androgynous front cover look for fash mag ‘Pop’, it seems like this season is one for the boys!
But don’t despair; there are means and ways of embracing this latest look while retaining your feminine charm – just buy a pair of brogues; simple.
This season, the brogue trend is still going strong; but if you have not been bitten by the brogue bug and the thought of embracing the boyish look has you shaking in your shoes, don’t fear we’ve got some top tips to help you embrace this season’s hottest look by investing in some quality on-trend footwear.
Black Patent Lace-Up Shoes, £28, Next.
Flash a bit of flesh – a little bit of ankle exposure is key to carry off your new brogues in a feminine and flattering way; it also provides a good sense of balance and proportion to your outfit.
Patent Cut Out Lace-Up Shoes, £30, Next.
If you are feeling the heat, some flirty ankle socks or knee highs will see you through the summer to autumn transition – Alexa Chung eat your heart out!
Black Leather Lace Up Brogues, £27, New Look.
If jeans are more your thing, you can either go down the boyfriend ripped stonewash look, or skinnies teamed with a smart blazer, but remember to flash that ankle flesh; rolled up or cropped is the way to go with the jean and brogue combo.
Guildhall Brogues, £49, Jones Bootmaker.
Although there’s no denying a classic matt or patent leather black brogue is the epitome of style, why not mix it up? Tan or nude brogues elongate legs while navy shoes tend to compliment your weekend casual wardrobe better than black.
Tan Lace Up Brogues, reduced from £25 to £15, River Island.
Stone Patent Lace Up Brogues, £17, New Look.
Hamble Oak, Navy Combi Suede, £59.99, Clarks.
Hamble Oak, Ox-Blood Leather, £59.99, Clarks.
A pair of brogues aren’t just for Christmas… Invest in the best brogues you can afford as once you get the brogue love you’ll be wearing them forever and a day - honest!
All featured products, at the time of publishing, are available from shops in Prince Bishops Shopping Centre.