Comfy Travel Shoes With a Touch Of Whimsy

When it comes to travelling, comfy shoes are a must. Sporty sneakers or walking shoes fit the bill, but are usually more practical than stylish.

A pair of cute ballet flats or sandals can also work and will help you avoid the tourist look, but what if your style is more whimsical?


Stylist Morgan Mullin has these tips on how to wear a shoe that is both comfy on your feet, and will score you some creative style points- the casual oxford.

Feminine feel

Since oxford shoes are very masculine, avoid pairing them with other tomboy pieces- otherwise, you risk running into Annie Hall territory! To add some femininity to your look try pairing your oxfords with a simple day dress, a floral print, or a top in a ladylike shade of pink.

You could even don a blouse with lace trim or a slight ruffle! The contrast created between a feminine piece and the masculine shoes will be very high-fashion, yet totally wearable. Also, it will keep the oxfords from looking costume-y.  Talk about win-win!

oxfords with orange dress

This borrowed-from-the-boys shoe is dressier than sneakers and more interesting than a ballet flat.

Wear Oxfords with Polished Pieces

Oxfords are dress shoes for men, and on women they should still be paired with more polished pieces. That means nothing sloppy, ill-fitting, worn or faded. Rather, choose pieces that are well-tailored and classic. For instance, dark denim Bermuda shorts with clean lines look amazing with oxfords.

A simple a-line skirt that fits perfect would be another excellent item to pair with them. Clean, flat-front pants with a slim leg would work on cooler days. As for a dress? A simple, structured one makes an easy, chic mate to your oxfords.


Whether you’re walking cobblestone streets, city blocks or standing in line at monuments make the oxford your new go-to travel shoe.

Choose Warm Weather Oxfords for Summer Travel

Since most of us spent our summer in sandals, having confined toes on a warm day seems difficult to do. To pick oxfords that can be worn in the warm weather, try fun cut-out styles or ones with lightweight uppers like lace or mesh.

If you want to sport your oxfords into the fall or next spring, try choosing more classic styles made from traditional fabrics like suede or cotton. These more classic varieties still work for summer if you choose softer hues- instead of black, reach for grey or taupe. Just don’t forget to pair ones made of heavier fabrics with footlet socks!

Don’t Wear Oxfords with Too Many Accessories

Since oxfords are such a statement-making shoe, use a light hand when adding other accessories. A simple cross-body bag lets your shoes take centre stage and is a practical choice for travel. As for jewelry, one bold piece, like a great necklace, ensures an extra dose of femininity without overdoing it.

There you have it! Let your comfortable feet carry you to new experiences in your oxfords, and don’t worry about looking like a faux-pas from the ankle down. Finally, fashion and function have made a perfect match, making your holiday that much easier.

*This post was originally published in 2012 and has been revamped and updated in keeping with current style. 

3 Must Pack Outfits For Your Summer Beach Vacation

Deborah BolandWhether you are traveling to Cape Cod, Malibu, or Miami Beach a summer trip to the seashore is likely to be on your vacation list at some point. What do you pack for a week in the sand and sun? Here’s stylist Chantelle Collier with some outfit recipes  to make you look fabulous, both surf and turf! fabafter40 - summer vacation - beachwear

Yes, it may take a little work but when you find the perfect bathing suit, going to the beach is so much more enjoyable. Milk it, as you sit in the sun in a glamorous Hollywood style swimsuit like this gorgeous coral one. The ruching conceals a tummy and the skirt cut bottom gives is flattering on full hips.

Before you make your way to the lunch buffet, slip on a light cover up dress to go over your bathing suit. This is a cute way to go from beach bunny to indoor appropriate without changing your entire outfit. Be sure to choose a cover up in a color that coordinates with your bathing suit. Top it off this beach-ready look with a cute floppy sunhat. If you’re spending a full day sunbathing on the beach and don’t plan to get out of the sand till sunset, you’ll need a carry-all beach tote bag. A roomy tote is the perfect option for carrying all your beach essentials like your towel, water bottle, snacks, sunglasses and sunscreen (don’t forget sunscreen!). To save space in your tote, roll up your towel instead of folding it up. Do the same with any clothing you bring with you.

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There’s beach days and site-seeing days and for those day trips and excursions you are going to want to look cute and casual. Summer is the time for bold colors and patterns, so why not try a fun capri pant in a bright floral print to show off your summer spirit.

The capris will be the statement piece of your outfit, so pair with a neutral top like a white button-up blouse in a light, breathable fabric.

A cork wedge sandal with a metallic strap is a comfortable option that doesn’t sacrifice style.The crossbody bag is just what you need to go shopping and siteseeing handfree. A bag with a long, hands-free strap leaves you free to shop and explore.fabafter40 - summer vacation - eveningSUMMER NIGHTS

For those warm summer evenings spent enjoying dinner and drinks at the resort, a handkerchief maxi dress (also known as the high-low dress) is a more dressy summer pick. This is a great style of dress to wear in the summer because is drapes away from the body, leaving you cooler and more comfortable.

It’s also a great dress for hiding any problem areas you may be concerned about. And be sure to take along a light shrug with a tie-up front in a coordinating colour. This piece is super easy to throw on in case it starts to get cooler out.

Carry a small clutch in a bright summery colour like orange to add a fun pop to your outfit. Lengthen those sun-kissed legs with a cute strappy sandal that has a mid-height heel.

Enjoy your beach vacation!

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