Oxford + dress = yes! Every two pieces walking down the runway in No. 21’s spring 2014 collection featured an oxford neckline. It was very menswear-like, which is why I’m such a fan. The dresses didn’t look like you grabbed any old oxford top from your boyfriend’s closet. Designer Alessandro Dell’Acqua gave them feminine touches by embroidering lace and beads along the hemlines. The blazers were boyfriend-length too, except that they fit perfectly around the models’ waists. Dell’Acqua did a wonderful job combining different aspects from menswear and womenswear. No. 21’s runway collection is the best of both worlds.
I have to let you all in a little secret. I found my oxford “dress” in Target’s sleepwear department. So really it’s an oxford “night gown.” (And I bought three of them!) But who cares right? As Fashionistas, we know how to make things work. With that being said, as soon as I put it on, the night gown immediately became a really cute, everyday dress. The fabric material was right, and so was the length! I tried the dress on with strappy heels like the models in the runway show and I loved it for a night look. I’ll definitely add a boyfriend blazer to that. Today, I paired it with silver metallic sneakers and bright neon accessories. Oh, how I love neon. My earrings and bracelets are statements, so I wore a simple silver necklace monogrammed with my initials. Wearing sneakers with a dress is a trend on it’s own. Like the oxford dress, it gives a tomboyish edge to something girly. You’ll be the most feminine tomboy Fashionista around!
Pants are overrated as is, so when I found a dress that looks like a shirt, it felt like I was rebelling against something. I can hear my dad asking where my pants were, and I see myself replying, “It’s an oxford…dress.” Ha, or maybe I’ll just save my sass for someone else. Still, I feel empowered by the menswear dress, and I encourage every Fashionista to one… or six.