Stylist in Pocket · How To Take Loafers To The Next Level




With an abundance of stunning shoes to make their way into our closets, it’s clear that March is going to be just as sartorially sound as February— which is saying a lot, because, girl, you set the bar high. Beyond your arsenal of essential kicks and mandatory casual sneakers, there’s another item that should definitely be making an appearance in your lineup: a set of show-stopping loafers. Sure, it sounds like an oxymoron, but these classic steppers have been dubbed the official shoe for effortless polish and street-style appeal.

These block-heeled beauties are the working girl’s shoe of choice. 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.

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.

Step aside, sneakers: There’s no fashion rule that says laid-back kicks are your only option once the weekend rolls around. 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).