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


Taylor Swift wears brogues with a dress


Brogues with an autumnal outfit


Tan brogues worn with a dress and cloche hat


Tan brogues with opaque tights and a plaid dress


High-heeled brogues with a lace dress


Brogues with a simple shift dress


Pale pink brogues with a cream lace shift dress

How to style brogues with jeans


Brogues with distressed boyfriend jeans and blazer


Metallic and black brogues with boyfriend jeans


Brogues with skinny jeans


Tan brogues with straight cropped jeans


Lemon brogues with cropped jeans

How to style brogues with shorts


Alexa Chung wears brogues with distressed denim jeans

How to style brogues with socks


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



    • 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. 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

    • Elizabeth Yeowart
      April 8, 2016 / 4:04 pm

      Ah, thank you so much! I do love my brogues xxx

  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. 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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