Loafers, once reserved for preppy school girls and off-duty bankers, have been unexpectedly revamped into something more. The decidedly un-sexy footwear style has become trendy in the past few seasons, reinvented in new prints and textures. While avant-garde Fashionistas/os wore them in the past as a kind of anti-fashion accessory, loafers are now becoming a hit among the masses. They add flawless sophistication to even the grungiest ensemble.
This Fashionista’s geometric printed loafers perfectly demonstrate the shoe’s new hip status. Cuffed black jeans display the flats, which are a pleasing pattern of camel and black rimmed with a red piping. The crimson lining is echoed in the Fashionista’s red lip. A black and cream baseball T-shirt and a duo of delicate gold necklaces top off her look. And we must not forget her killer handbag: a black Balenciaga motorcycle bag. These purses, popular for all seasons, can be seen in more than a few street style shots from various Fashion Weeks. The hardware on the bag gives it just the right amount of rocker style and provides an interesting contrast with this Fashionista’s lady-like loafers.
If you’re looking to test out loafers in your own look, the possibilities are practically endless. In my opinion, you can’t go wrong with a leopard print style. Leopard goes with almost any color and can even be combined with other prints (leopard print and black and white stripes? Yes, please.). If you’re willing to splurge, Tory Burch’s printed Chandra loafer is adorable and definitely attention-grabbing. And my personal favorite, pointed loafers. The Blane flat by Jeffrey Campbell is absolutely fierce and could quickly become a staple in your fall wardrobe.
Spotted: A variety of fabulous loafers paraded down Rachel Comey’s fall 2013 ready-to-wear runway.