How To Style Chunky Loafers This Fall In A Feminine Way

Chunky shoes have been on-trend since the ‘70s taught us how to wear them. Especially when the weather cools down, loafers will be the must-have shoes for this upcoming fall season.

By Alyssa Vandermeulen3 min read
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Chunky loafers are likely all over your Instagram feed already, as the anticipation for autumn is starting to pick up. Most commonly seen in black, these loafers are basically an elevated version of a flat, with thick soles, slip-on comfort, and a minimalist feel. The chunky loafer can be worn with socks for a fall-forward look, or without socks as a transitional style. With crisp fall weather on the way, transitional style is a great way to balance out the summer fabrics and colder layers in your closet. Think light layers and darker colors!

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The most popular designer styles are crafted by Prada and Chanel. If you’ve been looking for a fun designer piece for the upcoming season, these are the designer shoes that your favorite influencers are likely wearing. The Prada Triangle Logo Leather loafers ($1,150) receive great reviews for comfort and have maintained their value over the past few years. The Chanel loafer ($1,850) features the signature gold hardware and shiny black leather expected from the brand. 

However, if you want to participate in the trend without breaking the bank, there are affordable chunky loafers as well. Free People makes a designer look-alike for much less dough ($168), and Anthropologie also has their own affordable loafer ($188). And for an even lower price tag, these ones from H&M are inexpensive and have similar gold fastening and the ideal chunky sole ($40). 

Menswear has taken over several popular fall fashion trends, and while oversized items can bring balance to a look, it’s not always the most feminine way to dress. The chunky loafer is seemingly trapped in menswear fashion, but there are actually super cute (and girly!) ways to style the shoe. 

With a Dress

The most obviously feminine style is a pretty dress contrasted with a black chunky loafer. Early fall temperatures still feel like summer, so this is a great time to wear that floral mini dress again before retiring it to the back of the closet. Don’t forget to match your handbag to the shoes!

But midi-length dresses are also welcome in the fall season. Longer dresses, especially with slits in the side, will show off some skin and also let the shoes be the center of attention. Choose soft hues for a girly look or darker colors for formal occasions. 

For a softer look, swap out your black loafers for white ones, which can easily transition to lighter seasons like spring and summer!

With a Chunky Sweater

Chunky knit sweaters and chunky loafers are a match made in heaven. Soft and oversized, knit sweaters are one of our favorite fall items. Whether your sweaters are blue for a coastal look or gray for New York’s changing seasons, definitely wear them with your loafers. 

School Girl Style

School girl style is very popular this fall, and chunky loafers are the perfect shoe choice for this look. Neutral sweaters, navy blue miniskirts, and high socks are schoolgirl essentials; add some chunky loafers, and you’re ready for class!

For an Ivy-league-esque look (hello, elevated schoolgirl!), pair your loafers with a short, pleated skirt and a sweater. Or try an oversized button-down and a sweater vest. It’s giving Rory Gilmore vibes in all the right ways!

With a Cardigan

A warm cardigan and light wash denim create an effortlessly cool girl aesthetic. This outfit is built on layers you probably already have: jeans, a cardigan, and a white shirt. The ideal outfit combo for when you don’t know what to wear!

However, if a classic autumn style is more your vibe, loafers look great with fall basics and layers. Parisian fall style is based on neutrals like black, white, and beige, so stick to these colors when layering for a cohesive look!

With a Matching Set

As expected, the summer’s matching set trend is going to carry over into the fall season. Put away your linen shorts and opt for thicker fabrics like knits and corduroy. Darker fall tones and patterns with a chunky shoe are perfect for all kinds of autumn festivities!

For an off-the-clock business look, try an oversized blazer set, like this one! Dark academia meets designer, this look can be easily adjusted with matching separates or an oversized tan coat. 

For a Night Out

Yes, the chunky loafer can even be worn for a night out with the girls or date night! Pair that new LBD with chunky loafers for an edgier take on your dress. Bonus points if you match the shoe’s hardware to your jewelry!

Closing Thoughts

Chunky loafers are the shoes you didn’t know you needed this fall. How will you style these fun and trendy shoes this season?

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