As a short girl, flats can be a constant battle. They can look so chic on those fortunate enough to be tall and long-legged, and the comfort level compared to heels can’t be beat. But then I put them on, look in the mirror, and my delusions of looking like a slightly shorter Audrey Hepburn à la Funny Face are dashed to bits. I’ve learned over time that flats with a shorter vamp (the kind that show more of the top of your foot) are more flattering on short girls, but that leaves me with the dilemma of what to do about one of my most lusted after type of shoe…the oxford.
Because oxfords cover the entire foot, they can be especially stumpifying on petites and/or shorter legs. Once that mental hurdle of looking a little stumpy has been jumped, I’ve found that wearing pants in a matching hue to the oxfords are the best option for mitigating said stumpy effect. These black patent oxfords (25% off with code ALMOSTFALL), for example, look their best when paired with black, such as this washed-black denim. Choosing a shoe with a sleek and narrow silhouette also helps immensely.
I’ll add here that trying to find a mid-priced oxford that rivals designer options in style, material, and availability in size 5 has been a challenge. These from J.Crew have fit the bill nicely, and come in regular and patent leather.
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Shirt Ann Taylor (old)
Jeans Rag & Bone thanks to Shopbop
Oxfords J.Crew (25% off with code ALMOSTFALL) (non-patent version)
Belt J.Crew (also love this one)
Watch thanks to Daniel Wellington
Sunglasses Oliver Peoples
Necklaces vintage & Downtown LA
Rings Catbird, vintage & Downtown LA
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