As with so many of my outfits, this outfit of the day was inspired by these throwback heeled oxfords. It was love at first sight with this pair. I’ve owned them for years and if you can imagine, these Hush Puppies were purchased IN-STORE! As in, I actually walked into a brick and mortar store, saw them on the rack (on sale, of course) all alone–as size 12s usually are–and bought them as soon as I knew they fit.
I fell in love with how different they are. When I bought them over a decade ago, the heeled oxford was just making its 21st century comeback from the 1930s and it was certainly not a pair of shoes I’d see everyday in my size. I love the lace-ups and the vintage brown. I’ve kept them in pristine condition over the years and they’ve served me well with pencil skirts, any dark blue jeans and vintage cut dresses.
The 1930s oxford lace-up heel saw its first brogue (the small cut-out patterns in the shoe) and while the style had started to gain popularity in the 20s, it really saw its rise to prominence in the 30s. The style dominated through to the 40s but by the mid-40s to 50s, the pin-up style we know today really took hold. Those shoes became much more delicate compared to the sturdy, hard lines of the oxford. Think of the t-strap heel. It’s so fascinating to think about the history of US clothing in relation to the US economy. The oxford was meant for depression era sturdiness and wearability whereas the 50s saw a rise in flimsier “haute couture” shoes that contrasted with the austerity of the oxford.
I paired these cute Hush Puppies oxfords with a similar era tea-length skirt. This length is hard to find and this skirt, a vintage find, is like a piece of history. It’s made of a thick cotton tweed fabric and has the cutest flair on the back hem. The fabric is predominantly brown but has almost every color weaved into the tweed.
I kept my top simple with a rich chocolate colored drop v-neck jersey knit. It has a beautiful faux wrap that you can’t fully see in the picture (it’s tucked into the skirt) and lovely 3/4 length sleeves. This is not a vintage find but I’ve had it for years and it’s been a keeper. I purchased it at a now, sadly, closed boutique.
The belt is a military inspired clasp closure belt with an elastic waist. I find the colors very military inspired and it reminds me of the WW1 canvas bags I’ve seen soldiers wear in movies. It stands out from the rest of the outfit but I feel like it fit with the era I was dressing to match.
I kept the earthy tones in my jewelry, too. This agate pendant is a mossy green and brown with some orange splotches. I made this necklace by hand after finding the stone on a vintage piece and repurposing the beautiful pendant. I can’t remember what it was originally paired with but I picked up the orange in the agate by stringing it with ruddy orange stones (sorry, not sure what stone they are) I found at a bead shop.
My eyeshadow is a jewel brown tone today. I layered a similar rich chocolate brown over a rusty gold color (all Lancome colors) and added some deep brown liner to the upper and lower lash lines.