When it comes to loafers, is it socks or no socks? It’s an ongoing question in the fashion world, and our answer is… both!
The loafer is a wardrobe multi-tasker for men, so the socks which you pair with your loafers very much depends on the occasion you’re wanting to wear them for. In professional settings, socks in a matching colour to the loafer can create a streamlined look alongside sharp tailoring, whereas when it comes to casual summer strolls, loafers can be worn barefoot and teamed with denim shorts for off-duty cool.
Styling Loafers for Evening Occasions
When it comes to evening occasions, take liberty to play around with exciting textures such as high-shine patents, woven leathers and metallic detailing for a touch of glamour. Pair a sleek black suit with black dress socks and leather penny loafers for a classic, streamlined look, or team a navy suit with dark brown suede loafers and matching socks. Fancying trying the bare foot look but like the comfort of a sock? Try teaming your loafers with ‘ballet socks’ for the barefoot look but the cosiness of a sock.
Styling Loafers for Casual Occasions
When it comes to everyday wear, look to quality leathers or suedes for longevity in classic styles which will see you seamlessly from season to season. Consider wearing socks in a matching or tonal shade, for example pairing brown leather loafers with creams or beige tones, or pairing navy suede loafers with a brighter blue sock, for a cohesive look. In the warmer months, go barefoot and slip into leather loafers or boat shoes with cropped denim jeans and checked shirts.
Oh, and always remember, there’s no rules when it comes to fashion! So, if you fancy teaming your leather loafers with bright magenta socks, do it! Or go all-out and try pairing your loafers with a pair of printed socks - a winter suit looks great teamed with tartan socks. Think of that flash of sock as another accessory, just like you would a bag or a scarf and allow it to match or clash with your outfit however you wish!