Menswear — one of my absolute favorite trends. In short it can be done no matter your age, style, size, budget. It’s one of those trends that is on point but timeless — meaning you won’t regret these pieces next season. I have menswear vests older than I care to admit. But, today we are looking at the trendiest of the menswear trend — the oxford.
If you’re the fashion forward type with a penchant for comfy footwear, the standout brogue is just the ticket. Perfect with the season’s much have tuxedo pants or even some slouchy boyfriend jeans, oxfords are everywhere. But, not all oxfords are brogues. Huh? If you really want a cute explanation check out this piece over at Lucky Magazine. But, for the rest of us it’s pretty simple. Brogues have that decorative pattern along the toe and other edges. Men have been rocking the look for ages. It’s our turn.
At Brother’s they have a great pair that are a nearly maroon leather with a gray flannel — perfect for deep hued plaid or dark denim. Over at Maven Womenswear a black and white pair combine two trends and work beautifully with little retro inspired dresses. (Think red lips and WWII.) And over at Shoe La La a super funky brown oxford is the way to dress down the look and bring a vintage vibe to the trend.
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DEC 4 This post on Philebrity, an arty Philadelphia blog, previews the lecture Bobby Jindal gave last night in the City of Brotherly Love. Sadly, not a lot of love headed Bobby's way in this post, which indicates a level of disdain for our Guv generally limited to residents of our lovely state.
DEC 4 The NOLA Defender blog goes old-school next year, this post tells us. The blog, which features news and extensive arts coverage, will publish free print versions quarterly, the story says. In a business that seems to be heading away from the printed version, it is nice to see that going the other way for a change.
DEC 4 There's another story on state employee abuse of public credit cards in the news, and blogger CB Forgotston has the solution: get rid of them. We don't need them; it's more work without them to accomplish what you need to accomplish, but what's wrong with that, CB wants to know. The legislature needs to pass a law forbidding the things, he says.
DEC 4 Here's one of two recent posts on the Lens about spending at two charter school operations in New Orleans. This one is about training for less than 200 KIPP employees in Vegas -- which cost nearly $120,000. That's $120,000, with six figures. The other operation was the Friends of King schools, which sent the staff, including eight of nine board members, to a retreat at the beach. That cost $70,000. So far, the Lens is the only media covering this. One wonders if that would be the case if this level of spending had happened in a public school operation.
DEC 4 In the effort to lay blame for our disappearing coast, a board charged with protecting our coast voted to sue the US Army Corps of Engineers Tuesday, this story on NOLA.com says. One suit will seek to force the corps to pay for damage caused by the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet project, and the other will seek to force the corps to pay for a levee system in Algiers on the West Bank. Interesting.
DEC 4 Thanks to blogger Robert Mann's Facebook page, we know about this story in the Washington Blade, which says that the Louisiana National Guard has decided to process same-sex partner benefits. The story was posted Tuesday, following an interview with a guard chief by the Blade. That same day, the Advertiser ran this story, which said Louisiana is still a hold-out on same sex benefits. So which story is correct?
DEC 4 One Alabama fan shot another dead, this WWL story tells us, because she didn't feel the other fan was upset enough about Alabama's loss to Auburn. The women were at a party, and the dead lady, mom to three children, was joking with other party-goers about the loss, which didn't sit well with the shooter, the story says. Police think alcohol might have been a factor. Ya think?
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