Loafers- Essential for Every Fashionable Woman

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This September, Gucci loafers were seen all over NYFW on the feet of Vogue’s accessories editor Virginia Smith and other fashion royalty. I mean, who wouldn’t want a pair of these on their feet. They are timeless, comfortable and fashionable. Whether you are a modern minimalist, chic Parisian or classic prep, they will fit right into anyone’s closet with ease. Simply stated, they are the Taylor Swift of the shoe department. They get along with everyone, and everyone either loves them instantly or grows to adore them.

However, if you are a college student like I am, the cost of these shoes probably makes you wince more than your sixth grade yearbook photo. But if you do some online-shopping research, you can probably find a high-quality pair that is comparable, but not as expensive as the Gucci pair. If you are willing to take my word for it, look no further than this pair of Vince Camuto Signature loafers.

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I happened to scroll their way during an online shopping session on SaksOff5th.com – a recent addiction of mine – and could not help but marvel at how much they resembled the Gucci pair with the metal bar across the top and leather construction.

They would look great with a cropped pair of trousers or denim, or a seasonal suede skirt. In Christian Dior’s  The Little Dictionary of Fashion, he made a point to say that all shoes should be made of leather or suede and come in classic colors, ranging in black, navy blue, brown and white. Though it may not be feasible to follow these guidelines strictly, now that Chuck Taylors are a huge staple in American fashion, Dior’s shoe rule could significantly decrease your chance of making another fashion faux pas. High quality shoes are like insurance: no matter what accident you fall into, (I’m talking to you, going-out top), you will always be able to depend on them to make the negative effects a little less painful.  In the case of loafers, whether you use them to class up a frumpy T-shirt and jeans or sharpen a tweed suit, they will polish any outfit.

In short, don’t splurge on the Uggs; invest in the loafers. Your stock in them will stay valuable for a long time.

Polka Party

Polka Party

Giambattista Valli black mini skirt
$1,135 – net-a-porter.com

RED Valentino satin purse
$300 – theoutnet.com

OOTD: Polka Dot Edition

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There are a few staples that we associate with fall fashion including neutrals, tweeds, oaky reds, brown leather boots and gloves, and so forth. For most people, black and white polka dots are probably not one of them. However,some of the biggest names in the fashion industry have been very innovative with this print this season. One that I can think of is Valentino. Many of his designs this fall feature bold polka dots placed in strategic geometric layouts on mini dresses, skirts, and coats. Although I know it may be unconventional according to fall traditions, I couldn’t wait to bust out my black and white polka dot ensemble with a blazer from Express. After all, if Valentino decided to make polka dots a fall trend, why should we question it to begin with?

I paired my blazer with a pink chiffon scarf from Icing, dark-wash skinny jeans from American Eagle, and color – blocked Vince Camuto boots. I also added some small statement earrings from a boutique called, Pinto, to give it some extra sparkle! This was fun for me because the black and white print of the blazer gave me a canvas to work with. I thought that the pink, Parisian-inspired scarf meshed perfectly with the print of the jacket, and the jeans and boots gave the outfit a casual, yet put together vibe for taking on a busy day. If I had wanted to dress this blazer up, I would have worn a light pink trouser with a statement necklace, in place of the scarf, and black pumps with a clutch for a night out. However, there are infinite possibilities with this look and I challenge you to have fun with polka dots this fall too!

I put together some other polka dot looks in the posts above!