Loafing around

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Let’s talk about loafers, the fabulously comfortable (always important for me as a permanently-injured-of-foot human) yet simultaneously stylish foot covers that are quite the trend currently.

It’s funny, though it appears in this sketch of crazy Henry VIII, famous for his ability to murder wives, that he is sporting loafers, according to good old Wikipiedia they were not officially fashioned in England until 1847 (Crazy Henry was around at the turn of the 16th century)

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I found this nifty print at a local bookstore while I was perusing for information about loafers. Also spotted these beautiful books that probably have a reference to loafers in them somewhere.

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While reading an article from the Christian Science Monitor from the 1980s I happened upon this quote that I love from “Preppy is trendy”author Phyllis Feldkamp:

“With its Fair Isle sweaters, cable-stitch cardigans, its penny loafers, oxford cloth button-downs, reversible wrap skirts, and Lacoste shirts, the prep-school look — or what designer Ralph Lauren calls “Brooksy Ivy” — has been doing just fine, thank you.”- Feldkamp

This isn’t the first time loafers are cool again guys. Fashion is on the mad repeat. She also references duck boots, down vests and monogrammed bags (though she refers to them as “button-on covers,” not sure what that means). Who are we trying to kid; we just aren’t that original… Nevertheless, this demonstrates the loafer look is a timeless classic. To give ourselves some credit, we have updated and modernized to the extreme. And added tassels. Tassels on everything is my motto right now.

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This photo demonstrates a modern, updated twist on a pair of loafers I recently purchased from Madewell on super sale. I absolutely love the tassels and the easy ability to dress them up or down. Loafers have manifested in all sorts of styles these days, another popular style includes the slipper with prints on them (see below).

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This photo is from the men’s Prada collection as displayed by @savvyslippers (check out their IG for some fantastic shoe posts, mostly menswear)

Loafers are so styling right now, one of my best blogger friends IGer @loafersoflondon’s entire premise is dedicated to them. (Check out her blog at londonloafers.com for edgy meets preppy meets fallinlovewithherstyle) This photo is from a recent post.

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Whether you are powering out at the office, vigorously taking notes in class 😉 or just lounging in your slippers at home, loafers are one of those constantly recycling trends that are here to stay.

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Style Me Chambray

I think a lot of people struggle with the best way to style chambray tops. There is a fine line between awkward middle school teenage jacket circa 2005 (my Abercrombie & Fitch days, stylin’ and profilin’) and trendy, stylish 2014 life-liver. To be honest, I only just purchased my first chambray top last week (and I bought 2!). Crazy, crazy, I know. I also know that chambray tops are a staple in many people’s wardrobes, and if you haven’t gotten one yet and you live in the DC area hop on over to Nordstrom Rack because they have them for 10$!!!

Personally, I don’t typically buy clothing or accessories unless I can picture myself wearing it in at least 3 different ways, be it a shirt with jeans, leggings, or a skirt or a necklace that can be dressed up for work or going out, or dressed down with a simple tee and jeans for my lazy days, etc. Of course I don’t always follow that rule, but it’s a good way to prevent impulse buying for myself when I shop.

Displayed below you will see three ways you can easily style chambray (including the often faux pas “denim on denim”) for a fun way to make your clothing more versatile!

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For the office, a chambray top tucked into a simple, professional black skirt paired with pearls is an easy way to look stylish and put together. I often throw my hair into a quick sock bun if I’ve happened upon a terrible hair day.

20140303-115724.jpgIf you’re having a casual day shopping, or maybe a day of class that you want to dress up a bit, or even a date (and it isn’t snowing outside), this outfit might be for you. A little bubble skirt with pockets paired with sandals and a necklace that incorporate some of the colors of your look is a fun way to go.

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Finally, if you want to go out and you have been wearing that chambray top all day to the office or class and want to keep it going, throw on a pair of contrasting skinny jeans (if your chambray top is dark, go with light jeans, etc.), trendy boots and over the top jewelry to accessorize. (Shoutout to Grandma for the flask!) I actually did style this outfit this way to go out this weekend, so see below. Have a happy Monday and please like/comment/follow as you will. Check out my Instagram and Twitter at SK_OnTheRun

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