Replacing your trusted trainers with a pair of loafers is an easy way to elevate an outfit. For dressed down days, the general rule is that brown warms an outfit, keeping the whole thing more springy.

For a more casual look, consider materials such as suede or burnished leather. Straight-fit jeans with more width in the leg opening give a nice drape. For slimmer styles, consider adding a turn-up and rolling them up just above the ankle.

For a more formal look that’s cool and contemporary look to a sleek fitted suit teamed with a pair of on-trend tassel loafers. Slimmer, narrower loafer silhouettes, like our Support, work better with tailoring. If you want to look smart, don’t forgo the sock and stick to simple, stylish black.

The loafer can replace just about any other shoe in an off-duty outfit, adding an extra dash of dapper to any look. Casual loafers can be worn with denim and khakis, and sockless with shorts during warm seasons. Go for jeans and a t-shirt if you want to keep things relaxed, or a pair of chinos if you want something a little less casual.

Men’s loafers and the smart/casual dress codes were pretty much made for each other, especially when the occasion is more “smart” than it is “casual”. Penny loafers are the most versatile, lending themselves to most outfits. Slimmer, narrower loafer styles work better with tailoring, and for a pale coloured suit stick to lighter colours.