In recent years there has been a definitive move to more casual attire. Naturally, there will always be a place for the suit and tie, coupled with formal shoes. However, it is increasingly acceptable to adopt a more casual look, even for professional occasions.
Smart jeans, coupled with a shirt and perhaps a blazer, allow you to look professional and attend a business meeting, yet still fit comfortably into the after-work drinks event scenario.
Of course, in order to complete any outfit, you need the right shoes. They can literally make, or break, your look.
The good news is that loafers are an excellent choice with jeans, especially during the hottest months of the year, when there is no need to wear heavy shoes and we can indulge in colorful, light and still formal loafers. It’s just a matter of getting the balance right.
Consider The Material
A key part of pulling off jeans and loafers is to look at the material your loafers are made of. Jeans are denim and casual-looking. The loafers should give off the same vibes. Especially during the Summer months, it’s best to choose a loafer made from rafia, a perfect material for warm and hot days that keeps the feet cool. Moreover, loafers like these, such as the Tangerine 7 Georgia Cocoa Belgian Loafers, are simple yet complement your jeans perfectly.
TANGERINE 7 GEORGIA COCOA BELGIAN LOAFERS
If you’re looking at a casual occasion, then smart jeans are still a good option with loafers. However, you’ll want to choose suede loafers, perfectly suitable for all seasons, such as these Bruno Velukid Navy Slippers. This kind of loafers creates a different look and feel, allowing you to confidently stride into a business meeting and look the part, even if you don’t feel it.
BRUNO VELUKID NAVY SLIPPERS
Check The Features
When combining loafers and jeans, it is essential to consider the extras on your jeans and loafers. In general, the features on the shoes should match the jeans.
For example, dark plain jeans pair well with a penny loafer. You can opt for a smarter leather look, such as the Tangerine 9 Toledo Tobacco Belgian Loafers.
TANGERINE 9 TOLEDO TOBACCO BELGIAN LOAFERS
If the occasion is more relaxed and your jeans have blemishes, such as trendy rips, then you’ll want a more striking pair of loafers. Patterns can be a good idea to emphasize your casual approach. The satin loafers are a great option for this situation, thanks to their highly fashionable material, considered a must-have for Spring and Summer 2023.
The color of your jeans makes a difference to the loafers you choose. Loafers are smarter than sneakers and that means you should stick to basic, more neutral colors.
It’s generally best to pair loafers with black, dark blue, or white jeans. Don’t forget, your loafers should blend in with your jeans, not stand out separately. That means choosing a loafer which contains the same color as your jeans.
For example, white jeans work well with white loafers, but they don’t have to be completely white, as these Tangerine 7 Rafia White Belgian Loafers show.
TANGERINE 7 RAFIA WHITE BELGIAN LOAFERS
White jeans can also work well with brown loafers, but you should avoid using black footwear, since it would create too much contrast.
Don’t Forget The Rest Of Your Outfit
While it’s important to match your jeans and loafers according to color, style, and material, you should also spare a thought for what else you will be wearing.
Remember, loafers are smart shoes. That means polo shirts and plain T-shirts are a good option, while dress shirts are not. However, a smart shirt, such as an Oxford one, can be worn with jeans and loafers, provided that both the jeans and the shoes are smart and dark.
Check the mirror before heading out and you will be able to see if the jeans and loafers combo you have on works. In most cases, it will look better than you expect.
An additional tip to help you pull off this look is to cuff your jeans. This is great if you’re opting for a smart casual look, as opposed to smart casual. Cuffing your jeans exposes a little of your ankle and allows the loafers to stand out more.
Personal preference is important, but make sure to follow these guidelines to look great in jeans and loafers, whatever the occasion.