When I got my first pair of loafers, I was very excited. Okay, so technically, they weren’t my possessions; they belonged to my dad. Like boat shoes, but with a more professional appearance and no laces. While I fussed with my shoelaces or buttoned my Mary Janes, he would effortlessly throw on a pair of leather dress shoes and be out the door in record time, inspiring nothing but envious looks from me. I didn’t start wearing loafers myself until much later in life, but my admiration for the timeless fashion staple has never waned. So I’ve collected loafer outfits that your gonna like for sure.
To preface, I was a child of the ’90s, not a tween or adolescent. Hence, while my sisters donned Rachel Green-inspired platform loafers with their checkered skorts, I sported flashy sneakers. Fortunately, loafers are one of those shoe styles that has been a mainstay for decades. The hefty flat, one of many iterations of this timeless style currently making a comeback, is particularly noteworthy.
How can we style this sneaker in a forward-thinking and current way? I’ve included some ideas to help you with all your future loafer ensembles.
Whenever we point out a new style, we’re usually highlighting an item that can be the focal point of an ensemble. But shoes are first and foremost meant to serve a purpose, and loafers are the most utilitarian of all neutral footwear. When you get a pair in brown, black, or beige, you’ll find that you can combine them with virtually any outfit, regardless of the length of your skirt, the hues in your top, or the formality of your accessories.
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To put it another way, loafers and stockings are like peanut butter and jelly. The combination calls to mind the babydoll style, which may make you think of your early years of education, but hey, it’s held up rather well. If you want to dress up this outfit a little further, try wearing knee-high socks instead of lacey ankle socks. If you want to add some fun to your outfit, pair a checkered skirt with a vibrant turtleneck, and round off the look with a quilted coat.
Here’s a simple outfit that can be dressed up or down depending on your mood and the weather: a jacket and loafers. The monochrome look will make you look polished and put together, but adding a pop of color with a contrasting shoe choice is a simple way to spice up the ensemble.
This essential shoe is ready to pair with a wide variety of lengths of clothing, not just miniskirts. Options for chunky soles on maxis are also chic. However, a lot of slouching fabric may come off as frumpy, so we recommend switching socks for tights or skipping legwear altogether to achieve a more modern, playful, and elevated look.
This season, stirrup leggings, a style popularized by Victoria Beckham, are a major trend. Plus, when paired with a classic pair of loafers, the stretchy bottoms make a killer case. To create a business casual look appropriate for the office, brunch, or grabbing a cappuccino, simply hook the stirrups under the heel and add a button-down or blazer for a tailored finish.