Loafers have been around for quite a long time. In fact, the first loafers appeared in the mid 1930′s as casual shoes in Norway. They were, and until now are, flat shoes with tassels instead of shoe strings. They are considered flats, but what distinguishes them from the others is that they are typically constructed with a moccasin construction and have tassels as embellishments.
Given that they’re casual flats with masculine and rugged details, here comes the big question for girly girls: Just how do you wear them?
Loafers look adorable when paired with floral dresses or earth-toned numbers. These slip-ons are very comfortable to wear when going around town to do errands or buy groceries. Shopping? You could do that too.
Loafers are versatile enough to be worn with any casual top. Dressier tops, those that are made of silk, chiffon, or lace, are typically more difficult to pair with loafers, unless you can tone it down with a casual khaki bottom, jeans or harem pants. Thus, we need to exercise prudence when making things dressier with loafers. They are made for casual wear, not for showy outfits.
Loafers are made for casual wear, so it’s best paired with khaki pants, jeans, bermudas, shorts, three-quarter pants or capris. You should never paired them with formal work-wear like working pants or pencil skirts, as they will look totally out of place. They look best when worn with casual bottom pieces that emphasize the legs, such as skinny jeans, mini skirts or shorts. If you want to avoid the overly casual weekend look of flip-flops and sandals, loafers can add a slight ‘formal’ touch to your look. Throw a blazer or cardigan over your top to give your look an extra oomph, and you can even wear this look to office on casual Fridays.
In conclusion, just because they don’t come in whimsical colors doesn’t mean that they can’t be any more fun than your ballet flats or your pumps. Loafers are staple pieces in your wardrobe, so make sure that you get your hands on a pair. Wear them with dresses, shorts, or wear them with skinny jeans- it’s your call. Nevertheless, it will not leave you looking like you lack style factor. In fact, they’re a pair of stylish shoes by themselves.