How to get max wear out of your maxis.
By now, my significant other has come to terms with just about everything I wear. However, one thing that's sure to illicit raised eyebrows is the pairing of a long Renaissance-style dress with flat loafers or slip-on mules. "It's very chic, the Scandinavians do it. Gucci does it!" I cry. (Although if you have to tell someone that your outfit is chic, it's probably a fail.)
Alas, I digress. Even when I hear him mutter "Amish" under his breath, I know it's a good look. And my favourite Instagram 'It Girls' do too. Safety in numbers, and all that.
As the weather noticeably shifts, but it's not always sufficiently chilly for tights and boots, a classic flat shoe is a great way to extend the life of your floaty summer and early-autumn frocks. Grab your leather jacket, and you're good to go.
Muse: Florence Welch
If I could chose between having the Florence and the Machine front-woman's vocal chords or access to her wardrobe, I would chose the latter. I don't care how superficial that makes me, no-one rocks a prairie dress and loafer combo like this 5'9" chanteuse.
Steal her style with by investing in a pair of the OGs, the fur-lined Gucci Princetown loafers (€795).
Muse: Lauren Johnson
Dallas, Texas-based mum-of-two 'Disco Day Dream' aka Lauren Johnson has a phenomenal sense of personal style. Take a leaf out of her book and find yourself a pair of neutral slides (brown is big for A/W.) On the plus side, honey-hued shoes will show off the last of your summer tan too.
Not quite a loafer, not quite a boot (it's a loot?!) - these Free People flats (€232) meet wardrobe needs you didn't even know you had.
Muse: Jessie Bush
Channel Bush's eclectic street style with these dead-ringer Jeffrey Campbell slip-ons (€160). They won't guarantee you an adoring fan base of nearly 400,000 people and collaborations with Vogue - but it's a good start.
Muse: Saasha Burns
There's been a definite resurgence of vintage-style tea dresses as of late, and we're not mad at it. Don't relegate your summer favourites to the attic just yet: consider extending their longevity with a quirky shoe, like style star Burns' embellished slides.
Footwear guaranteed to bring a smile to your face every time you look at the floor: isn't that what fashion is all about? These velvet Zara babies aren't for everyone, but for less than €30, do you care?
Ps. The animal print trend is BLOWING UP (in fact, we're only shocked that it wasn't always this dominant) get in on the buzz early with some wild (!) flats.
Mattie Shoes, €45, KG Kurt Geiger
Woven Spot Slip Ons, €69, & Other Stories
Zebra Leather Shoes, €59.99, Mango
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