Summer Oxfords

Though we'll never forsake our beloved ballet flats, this summer, we're all about lace-up oxfords. The menswear-inspired shoes instantly lend any outfit sharp polish, and offer a range of fun styling options. Wear your brogues with boyfriend blazers and jeans for a sophisticated borrowed-from-the-boys look, or use them to give your most feminine outfits some tomboyish appeal. Make sure to check out several of our favourite trendsetters, such as Olivia Palermo and Rihanna, who show you How They Wear these cool shoes!On The Runway
Look 30 from Karen Walker's S/S 12 collection combines more austere pieces, like the Cashmere Dropstitch Jumper ($300), Cashmere Dropstitch Cardigan ($340), and Viscose Crepe de Chine Nevada Jacket ($620), with playful elements, like the Fawn Pique Loui Trousers ($410) and a pair of mint green oxfords, which were sadly never produced.
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Bop Basics Tuxedo Jacket ($198), Vince Solid Linen Sweater ($180), Ella Moss Pants ($148) in Carolina Printed, MEL Shoes Lemon Oxford Flats ($48) in Mint Green

On Celebs & Style Stars
Annabelle Dexter-Jones
Playful accents balance out Annabelle-Dexter Jones' polished Giorgio Armani top and Azzedine Alaia skirt at a benefit she attended in May. Christian Louboutin lace-up oxfords, Maria La Rosa red silk socks, and Olympia Le-Tan's Embroidered Canvas Book-Clutch ($1500) are youthful touches and add some quirkiness to her elegant attire.
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Elizabeth and James New Sammi Blazer ($257), Topshop Waffle Pleated Skirt ($64), Hansel From Basel Silk Rib Crew Socks ($36), Cooperative Patent Oxfords ($49) in Black, ASOS Keyhole Book Clutch Bag ($41)

Jessica Alba
Alba sported a casual chic look while dropping daughter Honour off at school a couple months ago. The actress complemented her neutral hues, like a white jacket and khaki pants, with The Office of Angela Scott's Mr. Seymour Oxfords ($460, available in Cyan). The sturdy cap-toe brogues are a stylish and comfortable choice for a mum on the go!
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Splendid Linen & Jersey Blazer ($148) in White, Vince Boyfriend Chino Pants ($195) in Chino, Forever 21 Frayed Woven Scarf ($6) in Cream, Brooks Brothers Oxford Buck Shoes ($500) in Light Blue, Frye Delia Lace-Up Oxfords ($153)

Rihanna suited up as she left her London hotel last month, wearing Acne's Tate Tux Blazer ($650) in Lipstick Red and Lee Tux Pants ($370) in Bright Red, both from the Pre-Fall 12 collection, and Simone Rocha White Patent Leather Brogues With Perspex Heels ($1064). Bold details, like her jacket's pink lapels and the shoes' clear heels, keep the look more whimsical than androgynous.
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Yigal Azrouel Red Blazer ($498), Yigal Azrouel Red Pants ($313), Hogan Ivory Canvas Suede Trimmed Lace-Up Heeled Oxfords ($196)

Audrey Tautou
Though oxfords are inspired by the style of men's dress shoes, Tautou's pale pink pair is sweet. Her shoes are also ideal for travelling; the actress wore hers with a grey blazer, pink button-down shirt, and boyfriend jeans as she arrived in Nice in May.
Get The Look:
Charlotte Russe Grey Ruched Sleeve Blazer ($37), Foxcroft Chambray Linen Shirt ($60) in Flamingo Pink, Current/Elliott The Boyfriend Jeans ($206), MEL Lemon Oxford Flats ($48) in Pink, Elizabeth and James Lexington Sunglasses ($155) in Light Tortoise

Olivia Palermo
At a screening of Safe last April in New York, Palermo gave her high heels a rest in favour of Sergio Rossi oxfords. The shoes' metallic silver finish made them appropriate for the formal affair, while bare legs and Zara's floral Silk Lace Top ($26) and Lace Skirt ($26) still exude femininity!
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DKNY 3/4 Sleeve Floral Dress ($345), IRO Phoebe Jacket ($862), Tulle 3/4 Sleeve Blazer ($59) in Black, Nava Zahavi Flora Chrysoprase and High Karat Gold Necklace ($1055), Melissa Enjoying II Plastic Oxford Flats ($84)--Tiffany Tse