Loafer season! It’s here! Time to wear loafers! No time to do anything but wear loafers!
The thing is, why stop at sunset? I just checked and it appears that I write some semblance of an ode to loafers right around this time every year. Last year I styled them for the month of August. The year before that, I asked which loafers you’ll obtain, divulging my answer without your prompting (sorry). Just a month ago, in fact, I wore a pair with white socks and a denim miniskirt and masqueraded my enthusiasm for the shoe as a plea to get you to wear a miniskirt. This season, though, I’m thinking about loafers as a trusty going-out friend. Because with sequins on the horizon for all, and the horizon on sequins for some — why not ensure comfort for your hooves no matter what time the sun goes down?
1. Loafers with sequins
So! You’re going to a Jenna Lyons-themed cocktail party and don’t know what to wear. Here’s an answer as told by a beige check cashmere coat (gingham hang strings notwithstanding) with a silk orange scarf tucked into the collar to connote a sense of maturity, a sequined knee-length dress (obviously of J.Crew origin), almost-but-not-quite cropped straight-leg jeans and here’s where you could go ham with the shoes, but will instead reel it in with patent leather loafers. THAT YOU CAN AFFORD!
2. Loafers with a slip dress
I know, I know, you’re so busy you forgot to lift your sweaters’ shoulders up to match yours. I get it. But you’re also so busy you forgot that endless summer means tank tops only. No sweaters allowed. One thing you did not forget: how much easier it is to transport yourself from point A to point B after dark when you’re wearing flat shoes. Particularly those that are suede and romantically compliment satin so much so that you start to feel like the third wheel on a date with destiny a.k.a between the two fabrics.
3. Loafers with two prints and exposed legumes (I mean legs)
Maybe this one can be viewed as a cheap trick, particularly because there is no rule in the book of rules that says you cannot wear this to work (if your employer is Man Repeller LLC, that is), but that’s also kind of the whole damn point! It’s 2016, people. No more is there such a thing as night clothes that can’t also be day clothes. It’s just too limiting — and you know what they say, right? “One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.”
So there you have it. Loafers.
Photographed by Krista Anna Lewis.