The New Way Fashion Girls Are Styling Their Loafers

Eliza Huber

For decades, loafers were considered a staple among corporate employees on casual Fridays and private school kids on, well, every other weekday. Gucci's Alessandro Michele was among the first and most successful designer to introduce rogue styles into the mix, but for the most part, the classic silhouette has gone unchanged — until now. Autumn 2019 marks the beginning of a new era for loafers, introducing an edgier take on the classic shoe. Designers are experimenting with stylish flourishes like lug soles and animal print textures that are worlds away from the loafers we wore in private school.

Surprisingly enough, while today's loafers are vastly different from those of the past, the styling isn't. As of late, fashion girls are more likely to pair their loafers with socks. And not just knee-highs and sparkly styles: For a true fashion moment, we're seeing loafers paired boldly with thick, cotton gym socks.

Click through the slideshow ahead for a fashion-forward guide to wearing autumn's top footwear trend.

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Sparkles, tie-dye and more — don't be afraid to go bold with your sock choice.

Reese Blutstein (left) wearing Prada oxfords and Molly Blutstein (right) wearing Gucci loafers. Photo: Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images.

Gucci Leather Platform Loafer With Horsebit, $, available at Gucci

COS Metallic Socks, $, available at COS

ASOS DESIGN Marley 90's Black Leather Loafer Shoes, $, available at ASOS
No more boring, flat loafers. Instead, go for a pair with a bit of a heel to really jazz things up.

Gabriella Karefa-Johnson wearing Gucci. PHOTOGRAPHY BY MELODIE JENG.

By Far Britney Loafers, $, available at Shopbop

Nike Training Crew Socks, $, available at Nike

Charles & Keith Bow Detail Loafers, $, available at Charles & Keith
Finally, an excuse to throw away those pesky no show socks. Photo: Shutterstock.

H&M Leather loafers, $, available at H&M

Calzedonia Sheer Comfort Cuff Knee-Highs, $, available at Calzedonia

Nicole Saldaña Jay 3.0 Cowprint Loafer, $, available at Opening Ceremony
The ubiquitous jeans and blazer combo has never looked better than it does right here paired with socks and Chanel loafers. Photo: Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images.

Chanel Patent Calfskin Loafers, $, available at Chanel

Free People Retro Scrunch Tube Sock, $, available at Free People

Dr Martens Black Adrian Loafers, $, available at SSENSE
Grunge up your feminine midi skirt with a chunky pair of Oxford loafers and simple nylon socks.

Megan Adelaide wearing Prada. Photography by Seleen Saleh.

Dr Martens Black Adrian Loafers, $, available at SSENSE

Stance Lemon Everyday Socks, $, available at Stance

Ganni Hybrid Leather Loafer, $, available at Ganni
Take this look even further by choosing a pair of socks that's equally as loud as your skirt. PHOTOGRAPHY BY MELODIE JENG.

& Other Stories Technical Chunky Sole Oxfords, $, available at & Other Stories

ASOS DESIGN Purple Tie Dye Sport Sock, $, available at ASOS

Marni Snakeskin Print Loafers, $, available at Farfetch

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