Penny Loafer Fashion Tips for Women

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Penny Loafer Fashion Tips for Women
Penny loafer-inspired shoes are great for work or play. (black feminine loafers image by Astroid from

Penny loafers are a classic style of shoes that can be worn at nearly any age. The key to wearing penny loafers is to keep things sleek and simple, with modern updates to make them in tune with the times. Penny loafers are a great alternative to ballet flats, as they offer the same means of fashion and function, but won't be spotted on every other woman when you're out and about.

Choosing Penny Loafers

Choosing the right penny loafers is crucial to how you'll wear them. If you aren't fond of the classic penny loafers, consider penny loafer-inspired shoes. These usually come in the form of a kitten heel or a low pump, and often boast the same tonal stitching as traditional penny loafers. A penny loafer-inspired pair of shoes is great for the office, where you may want a small heel.

Leather is the material of choice for penny loafers, as anything synthetic is likely to appear cheap and tatter quickly. Remember whether you're going for a classic pair or an updated version, penny loafers always look timeless. By investing in a quality pair composed of leather, you will get ample use out of the shoe.

At Work

Wearing penny loafers as work can change up your office look by simply swapping out your shoes. For classic penny loafers, try a feminine blouse with a trim trouser pant. Any pant with a slim leg opening that skims the ankle will work to show off loafers. If you're in a creative field, play up the loafer with a pop of bright nylon socks. Penny loafers can also work with a blouse and pencil skirt, along with opaque tights.

For updated penny loafers with a heel, try a pair of wide leg trouser trousers. A sheath dress with tights, topped with a tailored jacket also work well with penny loafer-inspired pumps.

On the Weekend

On the weekend, make like Annie Hall and use men's wear-inspired pieces to make the penny loafers stand out. Try a long-sleeved blouse with a vest and skinny trousers for a breezy weekend look that can transfer from errands to brunch to a casual evening out. For a more dressed up look, choose a shirt dress in a fabric like sateen or brushed cotton. Make sure it has a belted waist or throw on a belt you already own for a feminine shape that will juxtapose with the penny loafers. If your office is too conservative to sport bright socks at the workplace, try the trend on your own time.

Never underestimate the power of jeans. Dark denim works with penny loafers in most cases because it offers the same classic, polished look as the shoes. Go with a skinny or straight leg that hits at the ankle or just a bit lower. Finish with a structured oxford or frilly blouse for a look that's pulled together, yet easy to wear.

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