Loafers can be tricky to wear. Pick the wrong pair, or team them with the wrong outfit, and they can look frumpy. However, loafers are definitely having a fashion moment right now, and there are plenty of fabulous pairs to choose. This article features all the best loafers for women in stores this season, as well as giving you inspiration on how to wear yours.
Take a look below at my 10 favorite pairs of loafers, as well as how loafers were seen on all the catwalks for summer and fall 2020, and how chic 40+ women are styling theirs.
What are loafers?
Firstly, what exactly are loafers, and what differentiates them from other types of flat women’s shoe?
Well, loafers can be slipped on and off without utilizing any type of fastening, and they usually have more of a pointed or squared toe rather than a round toe, such as a ballet flat.
They’re usually flat or with a low heel, although high heeled loafers are particularly on trend right now.
Inspired by moccasins, a Norweigan shoemaker created the Aurland moccasin and the shoe style became known as loafers in the 1930s. Designers added a strip of leather across the top before Gucci created its infamous metal strap loafers in the 60s.
The best loafers for women on the runways
Below, you can see how some of the major designers styled their loafers for 2020.
Prada – Louis Vuitton – Lanvin
Types of loafer
All loafers are not the same. There are several “sub styles” of loafer:
The Weejun, or penny loafer, is apparently so-called because you can fit a penny into the gap in the middle of the leather strap which crosses the top of the shoe.
The Gucci loafer was the first to feature the iconic horse bit-style metal bar, and it a completely timeless investment. You’ll also find plenty of high street dupes.
Created by the Alden Shoe Company, this style features decorative tassels on the top.
While loafers have been traditionally flat – given that they started as menswear – heeled loafers are bang on trend this season.
Another major trend right now is the mule-style loafer, either flat or with a heel.
My favorite loafers in stores now
Now that you’re thinking about the best loafers for women in the styles you may like best, below you’ll find some of the most stylish to choose from.
Foldable heel loafers
A pair of foldable heel loafers is a versatile option as you can wear them as regular loafers, or as mules.
Animal print loafers
Animal print is a timeless classic that will never date, making it a great investment for your closet.
Jill (above) opts for a neutral outfit with her animal print flats.
If you already have a pair of leopard print shoes in your closet, how about a snake print instead?
Woven style shoes are particularly on trend for 2020. You can take a look at more shoe trend inspiration in this article.
It goes without saying that a pair of black loafers is a timeless classic that you can wear for many years to come.
Shelley (above) teams her chain-detail loafers with jeans and a long coatigan.
Black metal loafers
Made famous by Gucci, there are now plenty of shoe brands providing stylish options for loafers featuring a metal bar or chains.
Chris (above) wears her chain-style loafers with an oversized jacket.
Of course, you don’t have to opt for black. Another stylish neutral, which is a great option for summer, is the white loafer.
A soft shade which will go with everything is cream. You could team with other neutral shades, or with a pop of color.
Psyche (above) wears her cream loafers with a bright red cardigan.
How about adding a pop of color to your outfits with your loafers. Red looks very stylish against the neutrals in your closet.
Jenny (above) wears her red loafers with jeans and leopard print.
How to style your loafers
Now that you’ve chosen your favorite pair of loafers, how should you wear them?
Loafers can look ultra trendy or they can look frumpy. It’s all about the way you style them. A number of celebrity fashionistas are big fans of the loafer.
The British presenter Alexa Chung, for example, has a preppy style personality and often teams loafers with her dresses, Jennifer Aniston has a pair of Gucci mule loafers which she usually wears with her jeans and Princess Diana was often seen in Tod’s loafers.
Below are some stylish ways to wear yours:
With other classics for a timeless look
Beth (above) keeps her look classic and classy by wearing her loafers with other timeless items.
The best loafers for women – with your slimfit jeans
Wearing your loafers with skinny jeans is a good way to keep your look modern. You can wear a relaxed fit top to add balance to your outfit.
Jona (above) wears silver loafers with an on-trend lug sole along with her white jeans.
With something a little edgy
Another way to make sure that your loafers definitely don’t look frumpy is to wear them with something a little edgy, such as a pair of leather jeans.
With a dress for a preppy feel
If you like a preppy look, teaming a pair of loafers with a dress will fit well with your style. Another idea is to wear your dress open as a duster jacket with your jeans and loafers.
Julie (above) wewars a long shirt dress with her jeans and cream loafers.
With a floppy hat or embroidered top for a boho feel
Loafers are traditionally thought of as being a very classic piece of footwear. However, some of the best loafers for women look fabulous styled completely differently for a bohemian look.
Gail (above) wears a boho top with her tassel loafers.
Do you like to wear loafers? How do you style yours?
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