We were winding down our style session when my mom grabbed this striped oxford out of her closet and asked me to put an outfit together that "wasn't so preppy." To be honest, my first thought was, "Well, it's an oxford. Of course it is going to preppy." But I really don't like to admit defeat so I cheerfully agreed.
She bought this shirt because she loved the pattern of the stripe (which unfortunately my photography skills did not capture well) so I didn't want to cover it up. My first instinct with an oxford is to layer something over it, usually a v-neck pullover sweater, however that minimized the visibility of the pattern and was also deemed by my mom as "still pretty preppy."
I eventually ended up pairing the shirt with a pair of plum trousers and a moto-chic vest in a thick sweater material to bring in contrast both with color and with style. The outfit was not quite as casual as I had initially hoped, but it would be appropriate for dinner with friends or for a business casual events.
Other ways to wear oxfords:
-Wear untucked with a pair of skinny jeans and riding boots. Layer a brightly colored cami underneath and unbutton the oxford so it shows.
-Tuck a solid oxford into your favorite casual skirt and layer a striped sweater over it. Pair with tights and boots.
-Tuck into a colored pair of pants and accessorize with a metallic belt (worn through the belt loops.) Cuff the sleeves, add a sparkly necklace and slip into some comfy heels!