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

    • September 5, 2013 / 5:31 pm

      Thank you. They are lovely aren't they x

  1. 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

    • 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. September 5, 2013 / 6:46 pm

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

    • September 5, 2013 / 7:03 pm

      Thank you lovely xxx

  3. 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

    • 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. 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 🙂

    • 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. 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. 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

    • 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

    • April 7, 2016 / 8:32 am

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

  9. 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. 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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