Alexa Chung proves smoking slippers are the fashion trend of the moment, we reveal how to wear

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Smoking slippers were once regarded as a shoe only Hugh Hefner could get away with wearing out of the house/Playboy mansion.

In fact, Hugh's love of his comfy slippers meant the look was almost solely reserved for him and his velvet dressing gown - yet a few A-listers are proving his hold on the slipper trend is over.

Fashionable stars such as Alexa Chung, Taylor Swift, Chloe Moretz and Girls' Lena Dunham are breaking all the rules by wearing slippers as outerwear, donning theirs for all manner of fashionable events.

Alexa has shown her smoking slippers FROW at Fashion Weeks; paired them with her travelling attire for chic airport landings and even worn them to designer cocktail parties.

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The model and TV presenter has so many pairs - ranging from the Hugh Hef-inspired velvet with palm motifs to chic leather with cut out fronts - we rarely see her in the same pair twice.

Popstrel Taylor has been spotted in a pair of velvet maroon slippers (very Hef), teaming hers with cropped beige trousers and a satchel in a real homage to Brit fashion.

Then there's Chloe's Marc Jacobs cat cuties, Lena's 'tasche pair - they're all at it, proving it's high time we took the brave step of wearing ours out of the bedroom.

For anyone feeling a tad hesitant about turning up to work or even just hitting the supermarket in their slippers, then feel relieved that with so many styles out there - you're destined to find the perfect pair to ease yourself into the trend.

From plain black suede slippers to metallic studs, or even spring pastel shades with tassles, there are all manner of smoking slippers that range from a pump update to full-out velvet, a la Hef.

The best way to view this new trend - and get yourself on board mentally, as well as physically - is to think of the smoking slipper as the posh new pump.

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Comfortable and chic, they're perfect for helping you to hot-foot it to work in style, as well as to pair with a summer dress and oversized sunnies when summer eventually arrives.

Our favourite look to pair with this trend however is 3/4-length trousers, a la Alexa and Taylor, for a head-turning, chic and tailored look.

So whether you're ready to jump onboard the trend or still need a bit of convincing, then our 15 of the best smoking slippers on the high street maybe just what you need to make your final decision.

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