The loafer — specifically the sleek, refined smoking slipper silhouette — is making some serious moves on the ballet flats' territory. There's not much explaining to do here: just let the most recent batch of star-studded style sightings bear witness to its trendy takeover. Yes, there was a time when we only associated chic smoking slippers with the likes of playboy Hugh Hefner (complete with silky robe, of course), but now, we're fully embracing its borrowed-from-the-boys likability and, quite frankly, its go-with-everything versatility. Seriously. Whether you own a bold leopard-print iteration or an understated pony-hair version, chances are this shoe will fit the bill of any dress code. The proof is all right here — styled up against the most casual wares and, then again, with the prettiest peplum top and plaid bottoms front row at Tibi.From left to right: Jordana Brewster, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Palermo, and Alexa Chung
Anne Hathaway has turned up her on- and off-duty style in a big way — with her dramatic floral Valentino gown at the opening of the New York City Ballet and this sporty Fall trench ensemble leading the way. Where the latter is concerned, can we just say, we wish we looked that effortlessly polished at the airport, too. The brunette starlet pulled together an outfit that not only nailed slick minimalism but also featured a few of our favorite autumnal styling points — no-fail outerwear, a pop of print, and pumped-up kicks. Bottom line: we really wouldn't mind styling ourselves like her every day, let alone when we travel. All in favor? Here are three Anne Hathaway-inspired takeaways for a chicer (and athletically inclined) take on Fall classics.
- We know traveling presents its own set of packing, layering, and what-to-wear dilemmas, but we're pretty sure the trench coat covers all the bases. Wearing it — instead of packing it — is a lighter outerwear option; that way, you don't have to deal with something heavier and more cumbersome. It's compact when rolled up for in-flight storage, it's the go-with-everything staple for Fall layers (a collared blouse and chunky knit underneath are all you need), and the most obvious reason? It will keep you warm as the cooler temps settle in. Verdict: the trench is a sleek but totally functional option.
- The quickest way to punch up an outfit? With a bold print, of course. Anne's red and navy Christopher Kane leopard-print scarf put an interesting spin on her laid-back denim look, and all it took was one textural accent to do so. Whether you prefer the more exotic patterns or a feminine floral design, you can add just as much ensemble intrigue with a reptilian-print tote as you can a vibrant poppy-printed scarf.
- While Anne's classic trench coat set a sophisticated tone, her black Isabel Marant wedge sneakers gave her outfit a much sportier appeal. Sure, we're unabashed loyalists of the pumped-up kick, but in this case, we also think it provides a more functional twist on her on-the-go look. You could add a pointy-toe pump or a lace-up boot for a more formal feel, but for everyday versatility, the sneaker will see you through. If you're not a fan of the wedge, try a high-top iteration. The Missoni x Converse styles will not only work, but they'll also take care of the print in question, too.
Ask any stylist and they will tell no outfit is complete without a few standout accoutrements. That said, last night's Emmy Awards showed some gorgeous gowns, but did you notice the beautiful clutches, jewels, and shoes? We rounded up the crème de la crème for you to check out up close and personal. From Ginnifer Goodwin's red-hot Christian Louboutin heels to Christina Hendricks's megawatt Lorraine Schwartz earrings, it's all here for you to swoon over right now.
There was no shortage of showstopping shoes on the runways of Milan. Not that anyone would expect any less. After all, the number of houses known for accessories — Fendi, Gucci, Prada, Ferragamo — on the city's Fashion Week calendar is enough to make anyone's head spin. Thank goodness, then, for runway close-ups: all the eye-popping details — from the leather metallic sock platforms at Prada to the cool colorblock leather at Fendi — are available for peeping. Click through to see the best shoes from the shows, in all their glory, here in the gallery.
London Fashion Week may be known for its zany street style, but this season's batch of runway shoes were just as intriguing. From the Tabitha Simmons lace-ups on offer at Giles to the black-bordered peep-toe booties at Mary Katrantzou, here they are: the chicest shoes to grace London's Spring 2013 catwalks.
You've got your Fall wardrobe basics on lock, but what about shoes? Where your feet are concerned, culling a cool collection of footwear — that can simultaneously battle the cooler temps, evoke an autumnal vibe, and look good while doing so — can be a tricky balance to strike. Not anymore. Every must-have shoe for your seasonal staple needs is right here, and the best part? Each pair is under $200. We've included an embellished burgundy-hued statement heel, a lace-up oxford in the richest olive green-and-chocolate brown combo, a classic black ankle boot met with structural intrigue, and a muted leopard-printed loafer. There are nine more where that came from, so click through and meet your Fall sole mate now.
Since Spring we've been smitten with return of the pointed-toe pump; with Fall, this heel has solidified its status as the one to have. Alexander Wang brought the silhouette back with a sexier spin (and a moody seasonal shade), while others delivered the classic shape with a metallic or colorblocked cap-toe, à la Proenza Schouler and Louis Vuitton. Now, we're getting a leg up on our own Fall look with a set of pointed-toe pumps to complement everything from our work wear to our boyfriend jeans. Click on to do the same with these 13 perfect pairs.
Like any seasoned styling pro, you know that a well-curated selection of wardrobe essentials affords infinite outfit opportunities. In effect, it's fashion basics 101, and for this Fall's forecast, we're looking to a rich autumnal palette, sophisticated day-to-night silhouette, and a skilled raid into your own arsenal of accessories to ace this particular styling equation. We've scouted the two pair of jeans (a waxed iteration and an awesome '70s-inspired flair) that should top your shopping list, a silky cream-hued blouse that goes with just about everything, and a heeled Chelsea boot that can easily take you from boho to polished. With our 10 no-fail pieces, it's time to workshop a series of Fall outfits worth wearing all season. Whether it be an Ali MacGraw in Love Story combo or a bold interpretation on Western wares, see just what staples your wardrobe needs now — and how to style them 10 ways.
Your lil one will be toddling about in style in any of these soft-soled shoes. Made to endure playgrounds, parking lots, or the hardwoods of your own home, these booties are ready for the first adventures of walking. With Velcro grips and elastic flexible bands, your tot's shoes will stay where you want them while she's exploring the world. Click through for a roundup fit for any newly mobile tot.
In the way of Fall statement color, red may just be king. Washes of oxblood and brick-red hues took over the Fall runways; now we're particularly drawn to the unexpected red-hot hues on the soles of our favorite celebrities. As evidenced by this style-savvy trio, adding just a pair of red shoes gives even denim and a t-shirt a high-impact feel, à la Rachel Bilson and Emma Stone (extra points for echoing the vibrant hue on a pretty top like Jordana Brewster). But it's not just the color we're loving, it's the fact that the rich, attention-getting red is made all the more wearable on Fall's easy, everyday footwear, like a great pair of loafers, Rachel's Chanel ballet flats, and Emma's cool-girl Rag & Bone booties. It may just be the easiest way to slip into one of the season's biggest color trends — just shop our editors' picks below to amp up your own everyday dress code.