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
Olivia Palermo is no stranger to the New York Fashion Week front-row scene and her latest appearance was at the Tibi show. Naturally, the socialite sported a fabulous Tibi ensemble: this orange sleeveless top ($320) with this black-and-white printed skirt ($245). Her snazzy accessories — a rhinestone ball necklace, printed skinny belt, chain clutch, and loafers — gave her look the Olivia touch. Shop her exact top and skirt now and give it your own unique spin with your favorite accessories.
Loafers are always a hot trend for Fall, and this season's iteration comes in the form of the sophisticated smoking slipper. Our FabSugar editors are especially loving these Charlotte Olympia embroidered suede slippers and Giuseppe Zanotti tasseled loafers, both of which are available at Neiman Marcus. Stars like Alexa Chung and Beyoncé Knowles love them too — and who better to take style cues from? Both pairs evoke the vintage glamour of a men's loafer and make for a great heel alternative. Get more details on these chic shoes when you watch our PopSugar Shop video now!
We're totally obsessed with Fall's textured loafer trend. Super comfortable yet polished, these cool slip-ons are ideal for pairing with cropped printed trousers, pleated leather skirts, and tweed shorts. See our top four Fall loafer picks right now and get ready to slip into your own pair this season.
Mandy Moore dropped off her dry cleaning over the weekend wearing a comfy and casual outfit with a twist. She started off with a gray sweatshirt, skinny jeans, which she cuffed, clear sunglasses, and a black leather bag. Then here is where the outfit took an unexpected turn: her two-tone black-and-white loafers. They provided much-needed uniqueness to her weekend wear and proved that the right footwear can truly transform a look. Score a similar pair of loafers — like these Bass Weejuns loafers ($209) or these more comfy slip-on loafers by Sebago ($90) — to spice up your casual pieces.
The trick with shopping the end-of-Summer sales is whether or not you'll actually wear your new purchase (like espadrilles or a great sundress) a month later. With this round of sale shopping, we make it worth your while with a cool crop of functional, flat loafers you'll wear now and later. As a testament to their staying power, this menswear-inspired footwear trend looks just as chic with a pair of cutoffs and a striped tee as it will with slick leather pants and a polished blazer come Fall. We're especially drawn to the printed, metallic, and tasseled pairs for added outfit oomph, though there's also a batch of more traditional varieties for the classically inclined girl. Click on to shop 13 perfect pairs to slip into now and well into Fall.
Yes, it's hot and sticky, and no, wearing loafers may not be the first thing that comes to mind right now — but you don't have to sacrifice your love of loafers just because the temperatures have risen. The easiest way to do this is to swap out your chunky Fall leather or suede pairs for ones in crisp, cool linen or canvas; the fabric will allow your feet to breathe and ward off any sweaty-feet situations. Plus, it looks oh-so-very Brigitte Bardot on a yacht in Saint-Tropez — sleek and nautical with a healthy dose of menswear-chic, and much more sophisticated that your beat-up sandals or sneakers. If you're feeling the Summer loafer look, just click through to shop eight of our editors' picks now.
While hunting down a pair of Gap's ballet flats, we happily came across the brand's fresh crop of other flats — a lineup of on-trend, suede and calf-hair loafers and slippers that — ready for the best part? — retail under $50. So, whether your tootsies need a break from your Summer heels and wedges, or you're looking to stock up on some new, preppy-cool wares for Fall, look no further. We're particularly drawn to the leopard-print calf-hair versions for a playfully on-trend feel; though in any finish, they're a stylish solution for our tired feet (and tired footwear!).
Jessica Biel, Jaime King, Jessica Alba, and Katharine McPhee were all on the same fashion wavelength when they wore preppy pieces while out and about in NYC. What made each of their outfits standout is that they all paired their prep with pieces that made them cool. Jessica Biel wore her plaid golfer hat with a crochet tee, Jaime sported loafers that were edgily studded, Katharine rocked white loafers with a Louis Vuitton scarf, and Jessica Alba showed off green pants with a denim jacket. Step inside for a closer look at these four ladies and to re-create their preppy-chic outfits for yourself.
It's 5 o'clock somewhere, right? So kick back by taking your dressing cues down a notch or two. That doesn't mean sacrificing your style; it means trading in your sky-high heels for your slickest loafers or comfiest pair of pumped-up sneakers or opting for your worn-in boyfriend jeans rather than form-fitted trousers. Luckily, we've got 15 street stylers bringing their freshest off-duty styling skills to the table. Look to them for easy ways to punch up your denim-and-flats attire, quick sophisticated fixes to your laid-back LWD ensemble, and more. Ready to achieve your own version of weekend warrior cool? Just keep clicking.