This September, Gucci loafers were seen all over NYFW on the feet of Vogue’s accessories editor Virginia Smithand 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.
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.
As the trees lose their leaves one by one, Florida loses its cheesy tourists, as they rush back to their hometown Target for school supplies. Finally, it is time for fashion to reassert authority where the “Smith Family Reunion” T-shirts took over. The fashion addict’s manicured hands grasp Vogue’s September Issue, her designer glasses ogle at the shows of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week as she eagerly anticipates mixing textures and trying out the chic trends that would have been unbearable in the summer heat.
I’m sure that the nostalgia of fallen leaves crunching under your leather boots lures you into dreams of your tweed blazers, cashmere and Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes. But unfortunately, in most parts of the U.S., the temperatures are not dwindling much, yet. So before you can kiss your gladiator sandals goodbye and sport your new pair of designer boots, here are a few ways to throw out your beach-bum and embrace your classy side for the fall semester.
Usually, I do not lead my outfit descriptions with the shoes, but considering the fact that you can’t make it through an hour outside without seeing loafers, I just had to start with this burgundy suede version of the trend. Also known as “smoking shoes,” these loafers offer the comfort of a slipper and the preppy charm of a Kennedy. Not to mention, they are a refreshing alternative to Keds for pairing with your paper bag shorts or A-line skirt. This stylish fashionista infused warm fall tones into her black- and white ensemble with this pair.
And while every woman should have a white blouse, this playful peter-pan collared shirt is perfect for autumn classes and has endless styling potential. This little fashionista wore it with a flirty polka dot skirt, but it would look equally chic with denim or crepe shorts.
If you learn anything from this fashion lesson, remember that it if you can’t keep up with the latest trends, wearing timeless, structured pieces will always be fashionable for fall. A crisp collar and A-line skirt will always be flattering. So instead of breaking out last summer’s palazzo pants and fringe crop top, save yourself a “Why did I wear that?” moment down the road, and start the school year with a few classic staples.