Loafering Around Town

Summer time and the weather is fine. Instead of grabbing my flops, boat shoes, or canvas kicks you will often see me wearing a pair of loafers. In the business world, most men wear loafers because they seem more casual and automatically bring a level of comfort to whom ever may be wearing them, but, they still say “Hey, I am wearing dress shoes”. For me loafers add a level of “dressiness” to most outfits (dressy or casual) that I wear because I tend to wear loafers with a sleeker silhouette, avoiding wide square toes and hybrid shoes (half sneaker and half loafer). These particular loafers are “short” wingtips with a fair amount of broguing. All of these elements give these suede loafers some great character and make them more than just a shoe, but a tiny works of art. (All Photography is by Michael Anthony Photography)

Linen Blazer and waist coat by H&M | Blue BDC Shirt by Onassis Clothing | White Denim by Converse

Chocolate Suede Loafers by Mercanti Fiorentini

Close Up on Chocolate Suede Loafers by Mercanti Fiorentini

Enjoying some frozen yogurt outside of Sweet Spot Cafe in Northern Liberties (Philly)

A nice suede loafer is very versatile. As you can see pairing them with a pair of white jeans really grounds the look. You will notice that I am going sockless in these photos. Personally, I prefer to go sockless in the summer because I like the look and it is very comfortable. Loafers “fit” the sockless style well because  they tend to be a form-fitting style of shoe than a lace up. With loafers being more form-fitted, you will not have to worry about friction against your skin because their will be no movement.

After work loafering

Oxblood colored leather tassel loafers are becoming the most popular style of shoe on the market. The deep red color mixes well with grey, blue, denim and khaki so these are definitely a great addition to your wardrobe. Leather loafers work very well with suits, so if you office environment is relaxed enough  (atleast during the summer) you can still go sockless and not seem unprofessional.

Shirt by Clubroom | Linen Waist and Pants by H&M | Oxblood Tassel Loafer by Johnston & Murphy

Knit tie by Clubroom | Pocket Square By Armstrong & Wilson | Watch by Timex | Watch Strap by J.Crew

Close Up on Johnston & Murphy Oxblood Tassel Loafers

Night Walking

Remember, if you are going to wear a linen suit expect the sleeves and legs to wrinkle (that is the one down fall of linen). On the bright side with the extreme heat that we’ve been having on the east coast, a linen suit will keep you cool during the day and the night. With this particular look I went with a tan leather loafer to keep with the light summer feel of this particular outfit. If you want to make a statement that will never go out of style, take a pair of tan leather loafers and match them up with a navy suit. The colors of tan and blue will pop against each other. During this summer, if you have any weddings on the books, you can pull off a look similar to this with a tan leather loafer. The look will say, “this guys knows how to dress well in the summer and his shoes are on point with that complimentary summer color”.

Armstrong & Wilson Linen Pocket Square | Gingham Shirt & Tan Linen Suit by H&M |

Tan leather loafer by Breather Wright

Self Made Silk Knot "Flower" in Lapel

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Author:Sabir M. Peele

Founder & Creative Director of menswear style & lifestyle blog http://MensStylePro.com. Sabir serves as an independent brand consulting working with brands like GQ, AskMen, Indochino & Z Zegna (among others). Selected as #GQFall Best Dressed in 2013 & one of Esquire Magazine Best Dressed Real Men in America in 2010. Follow @MensStylePro on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter. Email Sabir@mensstylepro.com with your inquiries.

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21 Comments on “Loafering Around Town”

  1. June 11, 2011 at 10:10 AM #

    the frozen yogurt picture is by far my fav ! need me some loafers too!
    great one again sabir.
    X

    • June 13, 2011 at 2:21 PM #

      Xaviera,

      Plus that frozen yogurt was damn good too.

      Best,

      Sabir

  2. June 11, 2011 at 12:44 PM #

    Sabir,

    Great photos – excellent attention to fit and detail.

    What are your thoughts on wearing a suit jacket and vest without the matching trousers? I see you do that in the top set with the white denim. Do you feel there are rules to wearing suit jackets as odd jackets?

    Best,

    Antonio

    • June 11, 2011 at 2:44 PM #

      Hey Antonio,’

      Wearing suit jacket and vest without matching trousers can be a difficult task. When deciding to do this particular pair you will want to:

      – Make sure fabric of trousers are a bit more “pant” like. Dark denim in my opinion doesn’t translate well to this look

      – Remember that the fit is key. Keep the clothes tailored.

  3. Carter
    June 11, 2011 at 12:55 PM #

    SP,
    You killed it on this post! This is up there with some of your best work. Any chance you can give us readers a tutorial on making lapel flowers with silk knots? Continue your style-forward thinking.
    Be Well,
    Carter

    • June 12, 2011 at 2:36 PM #

      Hey Carter,

      Thanks for the support. I will shoot a how to video for making the Lapel Flower with Silk knots. Thanks for continuing to stick with the site.

      Best,

      Sabir

  4. Mauri Richberg
    June 12, 2011 at 6:38 PM #

    Sabir,

    It is such a pleasure to experience this site. Your passion for the joy of dressing is wonderful. You are a prince of fashion. Thank you for sharing.

    • June 13, 2011 at 2:22 PM #

      Thank you very much for all of the kind words.

      Best,

      Sabir

  5. erni
    June 13, 2011 at 7:48 AM #

    sabir,

    really appreciate the fact that you showcase somewhat more affordable fashion that is within reach of the man on this street whilst at the same time not sacrificing any sartorial swagger…kudos..

    erni, malaysia

    • June 13, 2011 at 2:23 PM #

      Erni,

      I think it is important to showcase that style doesnt have be synonymous with money (expensiveness to be exact).

      Best,

      Sabir

  6. April
    June 13, 2011 at 3:35 PM #

    Your sense style is impeccable!

    • June 13, 2011 at 3:36 PM #

      Hi April,

      First I would like to say, thank you for reading. Second, I would like to say thank you for the compliment. I try to do what I can with my own style and if people really like it thats a plus.

      Best,
      Sabir

  7. June 15, 2011 at 3:00 PM #

    Love it, I was surprised at how well the white pants came together with the grey jacket and vest. H&M seems to hit it right more often than any other off the rack company right now. Great article!

    • June 15, 2011 at 3:03 PM #

      Hey Greg,

      Thanks for stopping by. It is great that pulling stuff right off of the rack from H&M is available for me. Since I am wide n the shoulders but a bit slimmer in the waist, the European cuts are perfect for me. The white pants were a steal from Target, believe it or not by Converse.

      Best,

      Sabir

  8. June 17, 2011 at 2:09 PM #

    Sabir, I’m going to have to enlist you to take me shopping! Now I have to go buy some loafers.

  9. August 24, 2011 at 1:02 PM #

    Sabir,
    I just discover your blog by add one of your photo in my blog http://saffsucre.blogspot.com
    i just started this blog to share about style with going into expansiveness as you say , i really appreciate your style and all peace man.

    El
    ( from Paris France)

    • August 24, 2011 at 1:32 PM #

      El,

      Greetings from the US. Thanks for visiting my site and taking interest in my pictures. I hope all is well and continue to come back.

      Best,

      Sabir

  10. August 24, 2011 at 1:38 PM #

    No prob ill be here oftently commenting and all

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