3 Easy Ways to Take Loafers to the Next Level
Fall is almost here, and — shocker! — we’re not mad about it. With an abundance of stunning back-to-school basics (or back to work, rather) starting to make their way into our closets, it’s clear that the coming season is going to be just as sartorially sound as summer — which is saying a lot, because, girl, you set the bar high. Beyond your arsenal of essential denim, snuggly sweaters and mandatory statement sneakers, there’s another item that should definitely be making an appearance in your lineup this season: a set of show-stopping loafers. Sure, it sounds like an oxymoron, but these classic steppers have been dubbed the official shoe of It girls everywhere — just take a scroll through your Insta — effortlessly adding polish and street-style appeal to work-ready getups and weekend ensembles alike. Not convinced? This week’s Style Resolutions is determined to help you see the light, serving up three chic ways to wear this tried-and-true shoe all season long. Scroll on for some serious loafer #OOTD inspo.
How to Wear Loafers for Work
These block-heeled beauties are the working girl’s shoe of choice, with their streamlined patent upper and badass chain link detailing that boasts major don’t-mess edge (perfect when you need to flex a little girlboss muscle). Style ‘em up for the office with a striped midi skirt that’s equal parts scene-stealer and ladylike essential. With transitional dressing in full swing, a bit of thoughtful layering is a must, and a sleeveless mock-neck top and wrap blazer deliver just the right amount of coverage without cramping your style. Round out the look with artful add-ons, like a statement asymmetric ring and layered hoop earrings, that are guaranteed to become the talk of the water cooler.
Mango Patent Heeled Loafers ($80) + H&M Sleeveless Turtleneck Top ($13), Whistles Stripe Fit and Flare Skirt ($230), Zara Long Waistcoat ($70), Mounser Nova Hoop Earrings in Silver ($225), Faris Silver Nug Ring ($255), Mango Tassel Hobo Bag ($80)
How to Wear Loafers for a Night Out
Don’t let their on-the-job façade fool you; a chic pair of loafers can totally hold their own on a night out. Give the unexpected stepper an after-hours edge with metallic trousers that were practically made for the dance floor and a twirl-worthy tank that reads queen of the night. Let the unexpectedness of your kicks inspire the rest of your accessories, looking to a prismatic clutch, bold choker and sheer bomber jacket to send your getup’s It factor into overdrive.
Mango Patent Heeled Loafers ($80) + Zara Strappy Top ($50), Stelen Roslyn Pant in Gold ($128), Vanessa Mooney The Hendrix Diamond Choker ($194), Warehouse Floral Embroidered Jacket ($198), Charles & Keith Prism Minaudière ($89), Charlotte Tilbury “Hot Lips” Lipstick ($32)
How to Wear Loafers for the Weekend
Step aside, sneakers: There’s no fashion rule that says laid-back kicks are your only option once the weekend rolls around (and if there was, we wouldn’t listen anyway). Fancify your feet with prim-and-proper shoes, then balance out their haute flair with laid-back basics, like a bright jacquard sweatshirt and skinny cropped jeans. Show off your fine-tuned style sensibilities with a few runway-ready accessories (think: a sleek crossbody with RN appeal, glitzy brooches and ‘70s-inspired shades) for an #OOTD that is sure to garner a few extra double taps.
Mango Patent Heeled Loafers ($80) + H&M Jacquard-Patterned Sweatshirt ($40), Citizens of Humanity Rocket Crop Aura ($218), Zara Pack of Jewel Pins ($16), Mango Leather Flap Bag ($60), ASOS Oversized 70s Angular Frame Sunglasses ($25), Étoile Isabel Marant Evie Wool-Blend Felt Hat ($160)
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