The southern states are known for being warm escapes from the blizzards the northern regions fight on a regular basis each winter. And for a while, this taken for granted pattern held true. (Breaking out my sandals, dresses and sleeveless tops during Spring Break was bliss.) However, Georgia is suffering along with everyone else lately. Now officially in the spring season, I didn’t expect to have to pull my peacoats from the depths of my closet so soon – or see threats of snow in March. But, I digress.
The oscillating weather forces Fashionistas to get creative, incorporating winter stapes in their wardrobe when they would rather just wear maxi dresses and sandals. When I came across this Fashionista, she was pleasantly surprised and stated that she didn’t put too much effort into her outfit, proving that keeping it simple can still make a huge impact. Her almost monotone outfit consisting of a mid-length navy peacoat and dark wash denim jeans creates a casual-chic collegiate look. A pop of a white collar beneath her coat adds visual interest and brightens her face and outfit on what was a dreary day.
The unifying element (and my favorite of her ensemble) is her leather loafer and sock combo. Combining both fashion and function, the loafers and socks provide texture and warmth. While the temperatures dip below freezing, pair your loafers with coordinating socks like this Fashionista, but once sunny days arrive, shed the socks and layers and opt for a sweet floral sundress or keep the cropped pants but add a relaxed tank.
With the ability to effortlessly blend with a casual or dressy look, loafers are a wonderful transitional shoe. Featuring bold colors, tassels, prints or studs, everyone can find a style that fits their personality. These ASOS velvet loafers are the perfect mixture of decadence and comfort while the kate spade new york ‘cabara’ loafer features a shape and tassels similar to the Fashionista’s traditional pair. Last, but not least, Gucci celebrates the sixtieth anniversary of its iconic horsebit loafer this year. So, if you’re willing to splurge, pick one of the brightly colored or patterned renditions of the classic footwear. This timeless shoe will undoubtedly become a favorite.