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One Item, Four Ways: Leopard Loafers

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Leopard loafers
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Last week, we showed you how to wear a few different pairs of seriously stylish leopard shoes. For this week’s installment of “One Item, Four Ways,” I’ll be creating outfits based around a leopard shoe that just’s as chic, but a little more practical for an on-the-go college girl. I’m talking about a leopard loafer!

Loafers have been making a comeback this season, and they’ve been injected with a dose of glamour. They’re comfortable, cute, and – because leopard can totally work as a neutral – they match with a surprising amount of outfits that you probably already have in your closet. Read on to see 4 different ways to wear this fierce footwear.

Outfit 1: Diva’s Day Off

Leopard loafers outfit 1: Boyfriend jeans and sweater
Loafers, Necklaces, Sweater, Jeans, Bag

This outfit would be perfect to wear to class when you want to be comfortable but still look good. I would tuck the sweater in around the front to keep it from looking too sloppy, and add a statement necklace to inject some color into the look. An oversized purse is a stylish way to carry all your school supplies.

Outfit 2: Silky Simplicity

Leopard loafers outfit 2: Green dress and belt
Belt, Dress, Earrings, Bangles

This look was inspired by the photo at the beginning of the article. A flowy dress looks great when worn with the structured loafers and would be perfect for a dinner out with friends. I swapped out the fabric belt for one that makes more of a statement and brings out the black accents in the loafers.

Outfit 3: Versatile Style

Leopard loafers outfit 3: Skinny jeans, grey tank, blouse
Scarf, Blouse, Jeans, Tank, Earrings, Bag

Lately I’ve been all about silky blouses, and I can’t wait until the weather gets cool enough for me to be able to wear them with leggings and skinny jeans. The pink scarf and the loafers add a pop of color and print to an otherwise neutral outfit. I’d wear this outfit almost anywhere, from classes to a day of shopping.

Outfit 4: Not So Business Casual

Leopard loafers outfit 4: Pink skirt, black blazer
Tank, Blazer (similar style), Skirt, Beaded Bracelets, Bangle, Earrings (similar style)

When I saw this picture pop up on my Tumblr dashboard, I was automatically in love. I love the way the structure of the blazer balances out the pleated skirt, and the leopard loafers and accessories keep the look from being too stuffy. This outfit would also be super easy to transition into colder weather — just add some tights and you’re ready to rock leopard no matter what the weather is!

What Do You Think?

What’s your take on the leopard print shoe trend? Do you own a pair of leopard loafers? Which outfit is your favorite? What other items do you want to see covered in “One Item, Four Ways?” I’d love to hear from you, so be sure to leave a comment!

Posted on on October 4, 2011 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , ,

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30 Responses to “One Item, Four Ways: Leopard Loafers”

  1. 1
    October 4th, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Oh my… They’re all so gorgeous! Now I gotta get myself a pair!

  2. 2
    October 4th, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I don’t love the shoes, but I love the outfits you created! Great range of outfits.

  3. 3
    October 4th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Those shoes are amazing!

    Personal taste here, but I find leopard + pink to be a bit much. I totally agree that leopard works fabulously as a neutral, but I prefer pairing it with other neutrals, or with colours that aren’t so girly. That’s just me and my style, though! I love the outfits you did up, especially the first! I’m a big fan of pairing glam accessories with super-casual clothes, and I just love v-neck wool sweaters.

  4. 4
    October 4th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    I love leopard loafers! I just bought a pair and I’m excited to wear them, except it’ll rain for the next nine months. Alas.

  5. 5
    October 4th, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Wow, the leopard loafers are really cute! I’m not usually into loafers, but I might actually wear those!

    And I like all the outfits you created for them. :)

  6. 6
    October 4th, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    in. love. with EVERY outfit here. literally saved all of the images

  7. 7
    October 4th, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    This post is one of the best ones ever….seriously, all of these outfits are to die for!

    I recently purchased leapord flats and this post has completely made me figure out how I want to wear them.

  8. 8
    October 4th, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    I’ve been on the fence about getting leopard loafers. The leopard is a no brainer of course, but I was debating between loafers or ballet flats. I was worried that loafers would look overly masculine, but I love the ones you picked from Topshop! Must have!

  9. 9
    October 4th, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Loving the “not so business casual” look! Great job with the looks!

  10. 10
    October 4th, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    I really really love that first outfit! It’s so cute, but also really functional and very me. I was really skeptical about the leopard loafers especially not being a huge fan of the print to begin with, but they looked amazing. I agree about the leopard print and hot pink being a little overboard. But once again, not a huge fan of most shades pink.

  11. 11
    October 4th, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    I love these outfits, very classy and yes I have to say I never liked hot pink and leopard print is somewhat tacky.

  12. 12
    October 4th, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    This may be the first time I’ve ever been completely in love with every outfit in a post. I actually really want to buy a pair now that I see how versatile they can be!

  13. 13
    October 5th, 2011 at 12:38 am

    http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/sam-edelman-adena-flat/3162499?origin=category&resultback=2410
    This item definitely deserves to be in “One Item, Four Ways”!

    Btw, outfit 2 is so cute.

  14. 14
    October 5th, 2011 at 1:27 am

    I really liked the outfits, but you should have combined the two posts together because they are kinda the same thing. Normal loafers would have been awesome though so I’ll just pretend.

  15. 15
    October 5th, 2011 at 1:29 am

    i’m not a huge fan of leopard print at all so i’m kinda tired of the influx of leopard related posts :(

  16. 16
    October 5th, 2011 at 2:03 am

    Okay, I have leopard flats (they are my favorite flats by the way), and I am definitely going to try some of these looks! I have been looking for more ways to wear them other than with the obvious black and brown tops, so this post is so helpful. You guys read my mind! haha

  17. 17
    October 5th, 2011 at 2:36 am

    Loving these looks! Good job Kaitlin!

  18. 18
    October 5th, 2011 at 7:20 am

    I like the outfits… without the shoes. I feel like I’m the only person in the world that thinks of leopard print as more gaudy than glam.

  19. 19
    October 5th, 2011 at 8:50 am

    I love this whole post. I love the earrings in the last outfit, and am considering getting the blazer you linked. the only problem i have is that the leapord print loafers are really cute, but are the “hairy” kind. (they autually have hair on them instead of just being a pattern).
    that’s not your fault! I just have a strange thing against that texture on shoes, even though it is a popular style.

  20. 20
    October 5th, 2011 at 10:29 am

    I would love to see some knitwear posts!

  21. 21
    October 5th, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Is it wrong that I would like all of these?

  22. 22
    October 5th, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    that’s so weird, i’m wearing my leopard loafers as we speak :)
    it’s cold so i’ve paired them with leggings, a tank, a cardigan and a scarf.
    these loafers are my favorite pair of shoes at the moment!

  23. 23
    October 5th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    I love this post. My favorite pair of flats are leopard print. Ive had em for about 2.5 years. I need new ones. Does anybody know where I can find affordable but that will last me a long time leopard flats? I’d say around 30-60 bucks?

    Ps: first outfit is something I’d definitely wear!

  24. 24
    October 7th, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Dear Cousin – Unfortunately, I do not own a pair of leopard shoes. However, your article has convinced me of their value. I may start looking for some.

  25. 25
    October 7th, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    PS – I love the article. These are all great ideas.

  26. 26
    October 22nd, 2011 at 4:10 am

    Already commented on this post BUT I intern at a place where I meet celebrity & editorial stylists constantly, and today alone I saw 3 different stylists wearing leopard loafers. All I could think about was this post. Just saying…

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