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preppy or minimalist, loafers are the new footwear essentials

Love it or hate it, if fashion is your thing, you already know chunky loafers are the minimalist must-have shoes of the season. This confident 90’s it girl style made a huge comeback in 2021, being paired with minimalist and preppy outfits alike.

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The good news, if you’re late on the trend, it’s not too late to grab a pair. Loafers are going to be around for a while, forecasted to continue through next year after being spotted littering the 2022 spring runways.

photography:JOEL CORSON | camera:CANNON 5D MARK III | loafers c/o:NATURALIZER

Why we love them? While sneakers have made their debut the past several seasons as the comfortable essential while working from home, it’s feeling like time to mix it up a bit.

We’re back in the office, and we’re having fun dressing for the occasion once again. That being said, we’ve gotten a little spoiled being in our comfies 24/7.

Loafers offer the perfect solution – a tailored style that can be worn with casual minimalist office essentials, or dressed up true to the 90’s for those re-embracing fashion with open arms. 

And, if you’re lucky enough to grab a pair as comfy as these loafers by Naturalizer, you won’t even think of missing your sneakers a couple days a week. 

Feeling a little early to revert back to middle school so soon? It’s true, 90’s and 2000’s fashion has made one of the fastest comebacks in fashion history – you can thank social media for that one.

But, before you start feeling all social-toxic (trust me, I’m right there with you), loafers are a not-so-fashion fashion trend that have now proven their wings through the past few seasons. 

In a world of excess, there are many like myself who desire less. We waste. A lot. Which makes our buying decisions more important than ever. 

If you want to avoid fashion fashion, invest in your essentials, and avoid the neon cheetah print you spotted 3 times last week on TikTok. 

Like the classic blazer, tailored trousers and your favorite pair of white court sneakers, loafers can be paired in different ways with a wide array outfits. They’re also appropriate for just about any season, maximizing your wear time.

Tack on the all-day comfort and loafers (and your fav sneakers) just might be one of the most versatile, essential shoes on the market today.

image cred: Pinterest

But just how do you style loafers? If you’re looking for outfit ideas, I’ve created a mood board with several loafer outfits you can check out for inspo. But the truth is, you can wear them with just about anything. 

image cred: Pinterest

For the best loafer outfits, pair them with your suiting and blazers for everyday office wear. Or, if you’re big on the 90’s prep style, you can find hundreds of preppy outfit ideas here.

For this post, I’ve styled my loafers two ways (both preppy and minimalist) to help illustrate just how versatile this style is. While I’m a sucker for a pleated mini skirt and socks, I’ll likely save this look for outings closer to early spring.

Want to start wearing loafers now? Pair them with your minimalist essentials for an off-duty look that exudes confidence in casual comfort. Loose fit khaki’s and an oversized button down are an effortless combo for office wear and errands. 

Or, match them up with your favorite denim and a blazer for a go-to style you can remix in your wardrobe every day of the week. 

Looking for the perfect pair? I received the Agnes Loafer in two color ways from Naturalizer just a few weeks back, and have already incorporated them into multiple outfits for office and outings. 

The black patent loafer is a staple, and the shine makes them even easier to dress up. I’ve worn them just as featured in this post, as well as with a black skirt suit and white ankle socks for a dressier look.

The zebra print loafer is a fun pattern for days you feel like walking on the wild side (wild for loafers that is). While the featured look is very stylized with a Chanel cardigan, you can also make prints more subtle when paired with basics.

They’re both great styles to pair with your skinnies and a blazer for an effortless look you don’t have to think about when you’re running late to the office.

Worth noting for review, they may just be the most comfortable shoes I own. I’m not quite sure what magic they sew into the lining, but it feels like pillows all the way around your feet. 

The subtle lug sole gives you about an inch boost in height, and gives you the volume needed to balance out some of your more wide-leg trousers.

If you want to shop the look, I’ve copied the link below – now on sale for under $100.

Shop: The Agnes Loafer by Naturalizer

In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, this post features gifted items from Naturalizer. All thoughts, comments and musings are made of my own opinion and honest, personal experience with the products reviewed or mentioned. I hope you’ve found this post informational and inspiring!

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