office attire


Loafers, creepers and oxfords for fall 2015

creepers, oxfords and loafers for fall 2015

From top left: black oxfords / oxblood creepers (under $100!)/ black creepers (I own these and love them!)/ stacked heel loafers / low heel loafers (under $200!)/ iridescent creepers

Loafers, creepers and oxfords are a huge trend for the fall 2015 season. With the menswear trend continuing from last year, it is no wonder that this trend in shoes is still hotter than hot.

Creepers, loafers and oxfords not only complete a menswear inspired ensemble, they also offer a nod to 90’s inspired styles which are still very much on trend on the streets. Oxfords, loafers and creepers were a huge trend in footwear in the early 1990’s. So it is only natural that this trend in shoes return when waistlines on denim are on the rise, cut-outs on jeans are considered du rigueur, and crop tops are perfectly acceptable shirts.

The fabulous part about this footwear trend, is that it is comfortable! The lug soles found on loafers, creepers and oxfords offer extra comfort for the footbed. They also offer traction in icy conditions, and during rain. Love that!

Creepers, loafer and oxfords can be worn with both casual attire, and business casual ensembles. They look fabulous with boyfriend jeans, overalls, and full or a-line skirts. This is considered the “street version” of the trend.

For a menswear look, oxfords, loafers and creepers look amazing with full or wide leg trousers paired with a blouse, shirt or sweater. An unstructured blazer could complete the look if one needed an extra layer in the office. This is how the trend was shown on the runways for fall.

The lug sole is an important aspect of this shoe trend. Creepers, oxfords and loafers for fall 2015 can be found with traditional, flat soles; but these are considered a more classic version of the style. For the fashion-forward version of this shoe trend, look for 90’s friendly lug soles. You will love the lug sole since it adds height, like a platform, and grips the ground during inclement weather. Love that!

I found a few fabulous pairs of oxfords, loafers and creepers around the web and assembled them into the shopping widget below. I hope you love them! Happy shopping, and stay fabulous 😉


Boxy handbags for fall 2015

boxy satchels for fall 2015

 

Pictured from top left: black box bag (under $300!)/ lips box bag / green box bag / burgundy boxy satchel / black boxy satchel / pink bag inside a black boxy satchel

Fall 2015 has an answer to those who are not really into the bucket bag trend; the boxy satchel trend. Box bags and boxy satchels are a hot trend for the fall 2015 season. They are the alter ego to the relaxed, slouchy, drawstring bag trend which has reigned supreme over the past few seasons. 

While a drawstring bucket bag looks fabulous with a casual ensemble on Saturday afternoon, it does not compliment a structured look during the week, when dressed for the office, the theater, or dinner. Fall 2015 has brought us the perfect answer to this handbag dilemma; the boxy satchel.

Box-like bags for fall 2015 are being shown in two distinct forms; the medium satchel, and the small boxy bag.

Medium boxy satchels, in rectangular and square forms, are ideal for the office, and daytime events. They have a wide width, allowing them to be stuffed to the brim with everything plus the kitchen sink. Boxy satchels offer two top handles, a roomy interior, oftentimes they offer multiple sections, and a neat, structured look for structured attire. Love that!

Fall 2015’s box bags are smaller in stature than their boxy satchels sisters, and beg to be carried to fundraisers, dinners, and more formal affairs. Box bags can be found in small, or mini sizes, in both casual, and formal forms. These smaller box bags tend to offer one top handle, and sometimes will feature a detachable shoulder strap. They can be found in one color, bi-color, decorated with kitschy words or pictures, or embellished with jewels, beadwork, and more! The embellished versions are like boho-chic meets uptown flair. Love it!

Boxy satchels and box bags offer a vintage vibe for fall 2015, reminiscent of the 1950’s and 1960’s. They transcend decades when paired with this season’s 1970’s styles, or an a-line miniskirt or flippy skirt.

What do you think of this emerging trend in handbags? Will you seek one out to use as your alternative this fall to your beloved bucket bag?

Box bags and boxy satchels for fall 2015:


Cropped trousers for fall 2014

cropped trousers pants fall 2014

2014 cropped pants an trousers pictured from left: Black Cropped Trousers / Grey Cropped Trousers / Black Cropped Pants

Cropped trousers and pants are a huge trend for the fall 2014 season. Also known as the 7/8 pant, the cropped trouser is the hottest office-appropriate trend to go from the runways to the streets. Cropped trousers also happen to be a fabulous alternative to classic, conservative trousers.

The cropped trouser, can be worn to the office, or spiced up with a moto jacket for more casual occasions. The cropped trouser for fall 2014 can also be worn with sweaters for a cozy look. When it comes to shoes, cropped trousers look very “of-the-moment” with open toe booties. When wearing booties with cropped trousers for fall 2014, look for booties which hit right below, or at the ankle bone. If the bootie goes too high, it will interfere with the placement of the cropped hemline and create a cluttered look below the knee; no-one wants a cluttered look below the knee!

Cropped trousers also look amazing with pointed toe pumps for a dressier, feminine touch. If you are going for the fall 2014 menswear trend, pair cropped trousers with a menswear inspired loafer, penny loafer, oxford or slip-on. The smoking slipper is “oh so last year,” so make sure your flat shoes for fall 2014 are more of a loafer than slipper. 

If you are interested in adding an edgy look to cropped trousers for the fall 2014 season, try the emerging lug sole trend. Once popular in the early 1990’s, and brought back to life on the runway by Prada in 2009, the lug sole is arguably the hottest emerging trend in footwear. Look for lug sole loafers this season as well as booties, boots and pumps. A pair of lug sole loafers or pumps will add a little bit of sass to your work trousers and will also help you grip the sidewalk on icy or snowy days. Love that! Function meets fashion 😉

When shopping for the cropped trouser this fall 2014, look for classic neutrals such as grey or black. This will allow you to pair almost anything with your cropped pants and will also make them ideal for an office environment. I found a few amazing pair of cropped trousers around the web and assembled them into the shopping widget below. I am eyeing a couple pairs from this widget myself 😉 Happy shopping, and stay fabulous.