How to Style Loafers – As Seen on the Streets of Paris

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Wear them to your next brunch date, gallery hop or virtually anywhere.

Ivy Tang

Date July 30, 2021

Ever since Gucci reissued their signature loafers and Prada their platform version, loafers have been having a moment in many parts of the world. Specifically, fashion enthusiasts in Paris recently seem to be exceptionally fond of the classic style, showcasing a variety of ways to wear them. From the typical preppy number to a vibrant refresh, loafers are truly a versatile shoe that’s easy to style and stands the test of time. And once you find the right pair, they can easily become your go-to footwear of choice.

Whether you like your loafers simple, chunky or eccentric, take inspiration from the trendsetters in Paris on how to style them.

Pearls and ruffles

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The combination of soft and edgy never gets old. Giving off the same vibe as Villanelle’s monumental getup in Killing Eve (you know what I’m talking about), a babydoll dress is a perfect addition to a pair of chunky loafers. Add some pearly accessories and there you have an easy outfit you can dress up or down.

Get the look:



Monolith Brushed Leather Pointed Loafers

($1,320, Prada)



The Ice Cream Gingham French Puff Dress

($405, Selkie)



Freshwater Cultured Baroque Pearl Hoop Earrings

($150, Pandora)

Wide-leg stance

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If you’ve been on TikTok, you’ll know this is how all the cool kids dress these days – wide-leg pants draped over an understated shoe, worn with a playful knitted vest. This tried-and-true outfit recipe works for any season and in many iterations, whether you layer a turtleneck underneath or wear it on its own.

Get the look:



Loafers in Leather

($949, Tod’s)



Classic Asymmetric Waist Jean

($480, Y/Project)

Updated classic

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Fashion guru and Swarovski creative director Giovanna Engelbert sure knows how to elevate a preppy look, adding oversized baubles and a pop of colour to her Chanel ensemble at the brand’s Spring/Summer 2022 Haute Couture show. A bralette + cardigan combo is a must-have for the season since you never know when a chilly breeze might hit.

Get the look:

Eye-catching outerwear

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A statement shacket deserves to be the highlight of your look, as seen on creative consultant Jean-Philippe Phiné N’djoli outside the Bluemarble show. To take things up a notch, he matched his footwear with one of the colours on his top, creating a nifty colour palette. The tailored silhouette and neutral tones keep the rest of the outfit balanced and on point.

Get the look:



Walden Burgundy Leather Loafers

($200, Camper)


Uniqlo U

Crew Neck Short Sleeve T-Shirt

($20, Uniqlo)


Taiga Takahashi

Off-White Twill Engineer Trousers

($575, Ssense)

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