When I was in high school in the late '90s/early 2000s, the clunkier your footwear, the better. Since then, I've gone in nearly the opposite direction, favoring thin sandals, dainty kitten heels, and sleek boots in lieu of the heavier shoes of my youth. But as of late, there's been a shift. I shared my newfound love of lug-soled boots already, and in the meantime, have managed to track down the quintessential loafer that my teenage self would have approved of. Though I initially questioned just how versatile they were, I've found they work with nearly everything from pants and skirts to dresses and casual sets. Here are five of the ways I've been wearing mine:
Ideal for: a fun twist on workwear
I love the look of a chunky loafer with a slightly cropped pair of jeans. I've been alternating on top by either offsetting the androgynous vibe with a sweet blouse or fully embracing it with a concert tee and a blazer.
Ideal for: lunch with girlfriends
I questioned whether a loafer on a bare leg was something I could still pull off, but when worn with an A-line mini and balanced with a thin sweater, it felt like the ideal transitional fall outfit (sequined collar optional).
Ideal for: shopping
This black dress is rather shapeless and begged for something to punch it up a bit: Enter my favorite belt (a gift I bought myself for my 30th birthday!) and a loafer. Easy, comfortable, and cool.
4. Dressed up
Ideal for: date night
A purple and pink sweater dress can go overly feminine pretty easily and a few years ago I would have worn it with a pair of pumps. Beyond not being that into high heels anymore, this feels like a much more unexpected choice and makes the outfit a lot more visually interesting.
Ideal for: running errands
I live in this black linen set in the summer and love finding ways to wear it year-round (a possibility when you live in LA). When paired with a loafer instead of a simple sandal and an oversized trench thrown on top, it makes for a pulled-together look with very little effort.