How to Style Brogues

Brogues have been popular for several years now and their is no sign of their popularity diminishing. They can, without doubt, be named as a fashion classic. I love them and wear them frequently with jeans, dresses and skirts.

I first published this post in 2013 and it continues to be one of my most read posts, so I update it from time to time with new images of looks I love, (all taken from Pinterest), and also with photographs of how I wear my brogues which link to the relevant blog posts when appropriate.

How to style brogues with dresses and skirts

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Taylor Swift wears brogues with a dress

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Brogues with an autumnal outfit

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Tan brogues worn with a dress and cloche hat

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Tan brogues with opaque tights and a plaid dress

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High-heeled brogues with a lace dress

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Brogues with a simple shift dress

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Pale pink brogues with a cream lace shift dress

How to style brogues with jeans

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Brogues with distressed boyfriend jeans and blazer

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Metallic and black brogues with boyfriend jeans

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Brogues with skinny jeans

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Tan brogues with straight cropped jeans

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Lemon brogues with cropped jeans

How to style brogues with shorts

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Alexa Chung wears brogues with distressed denim jeans

How to style brogues with socks

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brogues and socks with cropped jeans

Without exception, every pair of my brogues is from Clarks. They are well-made and comfortable. This post isn’t sponsored by Clarks though I wish it was! I genuinely just like their styles

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22 Comments

    • Liz September 5, 2013 / 5:31 pm

      Thank you. They are lovely aren't they x

  1. Fashion Lover September 5, 2013 / 4:57 pm

    Love this outfit on you – you've styled your brogues perfectly! Love that they are metallic too. Lynne xx

    • Liz September 5, 2013 / 5:32 pm

      Thank you so much Lynne. I can't resist metallic shoes or bags and they go with everything too xxx

  2. Bubble September 5, 2013 / 6:46 pm

    Love your brogues and your blouse gorgeous. I note Taylor Swift has dogs on her skirt <3

    • Liz September 5, 2013 / 7:03 pm

      Thank you lovely xxx

  3. CousCousandCorkWedges September 7, 2013 / 7:38 pm

    I'm so tempted to get a pair but I'm so short & I'm scared I'll look like my old French teacher! LOL! You have tempted me even more & so maybe its time to try a pair on! Picture 3 is gorgeous & I have picture 4 on my Pinterest board too! Ax

    • Elizabeth Yeowart April 5, 2016 / 10:42 am

      Haha! I'm sure you look nothing like your French teacher! xxxx

  4. Anonymous December 17, 2013 / 7:05 pm

    thanks for this! has given me some ideas.I've just bought the Frankie brogues (Office) shown above in burgundy and they are a great shoe and come in lots of different colours and suede as well as leather.

  5. Clotilde May 5, 2014 / 8:37 pm

    They look amazing! What would you say about wearing brogues when you are "sturdy" legs? I'm 5:7, a size 12/14, and I have always felt sort of self-conscious of my legs. However I love brogues, but I wonder how to wear them in the spring/summer time. Any advice?
    Thank you 🙂

    • Lizzy May 5, 2014 / 8:51 pm

      Hi Clothilde,
      I don't think shape or size matters so long as you feel right.
      They do take a bit of getting used to at first especially if you're used to a daintier shoe or heels.
      I think they would look great with cropped trousers or jeans and perhaps a looser, longer top.
      It's worth trying a few pairs with a variety of outfits. And take some photos so you can compare various styles.
      Good luck. I'd love to hear how you get on, love Lizzy xxx

  6. Clotilde May 5, 2014 / 8:40 pm

    These are really cute!! I love brogues! However I've always felt self-conscious of my legs (I'm 5'7"; a size 12/14, average woman really!), and I've wondered if they would look as nice on me as on a skinnier lady. I've also wondered how to wear them in the spring/summer, appart from trousers. Any advice? 🙂

  7. Emma golding September 14, 2014 / 9:51 am

    Is it ok to wear jeans full length with brogues and socks? Seen Taylor swift wearing them like that in a few pics. Tried wearing mine with jeans rolled up, but doesn't feel right, even though I wear ballets and converse with jeans rolled up! My brogues are size 6 black hamble oaks. X

    • What Lizzy Loves September 16, 2014 / 10:27 am

      Hi Emma, I think it's perfectly fine to wear full length jeans with socks and brogues. I think it's a very preppy look. You could go for plain navy or black socks, or if you're feeling braver,what about a striped pair? I have the Hambke Oaks in a wine colour and they're a little hard to wear without socks or tights. I tend to wear plain navy socks with mine with skinny jeans. Good luck. Feel free to email a photo too! Love Lizzy xxx

  8. Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons April 7, 2016 / 7:15 am

    I love my brogues, but like you I tend to style them more with dresses and skirts than with jeans. All the jeans have given me some new ideas – thanks! #Brillblogposts

    • Elizabeth Yeowart April 7, 2016 / 8:32 am

      You're very welcome. yes, it's always nice to get inspiration to style thing differently xxx

  9. sam r April 8, 2016 / 2:10 pm

    I like your style and really want a pair of brogues now 😉 #brilliantblogposts

  10. Sharon September 17, 2016 / 10:44 pm

    Just bought the pink Hamble brogues from Kaeidoscope but they are Clarks. So comfy and love love the colours , not really Autumn/winter shades but will wear anyway. Impressed that you changed the laces to ribbons, maybe next summer . Now need tops and a jacket to go with them ! Thanks

  11. Lexie September 6, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    A couple of years later, and this look is still adorable! I love that purple pair. 🙂

    • elizabeth September 6, 2017 / 8:42 pm

      Thank you Lexie. Brogues seem to be a perennial autumn favourite! And yes, I still love the purple ones too! xxxx

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