Loafers are a classic slip-on style of shoe that does not feature laces or other fastenings. They are typically made of leather or suede and shaped like a moccasin with a flat heel. Although they began as casual shoes, loafers are today worn with a variety of outfits for a range of occasions, including many that are formal.
Loafers come in a variety of styles and materials, ranging from the casual moccasin to the formal, patent leather tuxedo loafer. Some loafers – such as plain leather or penny loafers – transition from casual to dressy, depending on how you style your outfit. Consider the color, pattern and silhouette of your outfit when selecting which loafers to wear. Enjoy incorporating loafers into your wardrobe with some tips on color, shoe style and dress code.
Loafers With Jeans
Loafers with jeans as long been a favourite of mine as it allows you to still wear your favourite denim but in a more fashionable and dressier way. The rules book here really goes out the window, however our long advice is ensure the length of your denim is on the shorter side. Excessively long and baggy jeans will look horrific with loafers. Ripped, selvedge and washed jeans are all suitable too. If you can, choose contrasting colours and ensure the top half compliments the bottom half. Meaning no sportswear on top.
Loafers With A Blazer
Another D’Marge favourite is the loafers and blazer combination. Here you’re playing in smart casual territory. Both single and double breasted blazers will work as too will jeans, trousers and chinos. Once again, trouser length is important as is colour matching. We prefer wearing a fitted t-shirt with a blazer, this keeps it dressy but not too over the top.
Loafers With Chinos
Summer nights and events are perfect for the chino and loafer combination. Blue, creme and khaki chinos are most often the favourite for men. Brighter coloured trousers are cool but they do limit what coloured loafers will work. Pair your chinos with a shirt or polo shirt, add a belt and ditch the socks. Enjoy, my friends
Loafers With A Suit
Loafers will always work with a suit. Just ensure your trouser length is at the ankle. The bigger question is to sock or not to sock? That is the question. The beauty of fashion is that all rules are meant to be broken, and at the end of the day it comes down to personal preference. Socks with loafers are like pocket squares – rock them if you like them, don’t if you don’t. The sockless look has been trendy lately, so consider it if the weather and occasion allows.
Loafers With Shorts
Lastly, this is my least favourite way to wear loafers. Why? It’s just a bit douchy / preppy. It’s mid-summer, you’re at the polo or a rooftop party and for some reason you think it’s a good idea to wear loafers with shorts. Anyway, go for it. We recommend tailored shorts just above the knee (no shorter, please), a belt and a tailored shirt.
Loafers With A Tuxedo
Velvet slippers have long been an acceptable form of black tie footwear. If you wish to push the rules a highly polished pair of black leather loafers will also work too. See above for a wide range of colours and style. Colour match where appropriate. If in doubt, wear black.