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Quick, are loafers mumsy? Need answers fast!

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TheBookofRuth Mon 10-Aug-15 14:19:40

I always think they are on me, but then I see them on other women and think they make them look quite stylish.

I need a shoe that isn't a sandal or a boot for warm, wet weather!

CrystalMcPistol Mon 10-Aug-15 14:44:14

I'm awfully fond of a brown tasselled loafer.

Less fond of this kind of loafer.

thecatfromjapan Mon 10-Aug-15 14:51:51

I think it must depend on the rest of your look. Loafers are quite preppy, aren't they? And if you are Alexa Chung, you use that semiotic aspect if them and play it off something else to create a snap of sartorial dissonance.

However, if you are wearing a complete 'Weimar librarian' / very mumsy look, the cognitive dissonance might be lacking.

So, how do you wear your loafers?

thecatfromjapan Mon 10-Aug-15 14:53:56

I like loafers, though. I think you should get them.

thecatfromjapan Mon 10-Aug-15 14:55:40

And they're not crocs.
My dd has just turned up with a pAir of crocs given to her by her grandparents. I'm shockshockshock

CrystalMcPistol Mon 10-Aug-15 14:56:55

I think you should go NC.

Mimigolightly Mon 10-Aug-15 15:00:05

I think it would take more than a pair of loafers to make someone look mumsy. You have to take into consideration the whole outfit, hair, etc.

TheBookofRuth Mon 10-Aug-15 15:01:26

I don't know what my look is anymore tbh, that's part of the problem! Three years as a SAHM and I still haven't figured it out.

It was much easier when I was working.

Donge13 Mon 10-Aug-15 15:03:36

I love my navy loafers

IHaveBrilloHair Mon 10-Aug-15 15:03:59

I have a pair similar to these and like them with skinniest and a white shirt.

thecatfromjapan Mon 10-Aug-15 15:06:06

Loafers are great. You can wear them with ankle socks, a short summer dress and a denim jacket, or with jeans rolled up to the ankle or mid-calf/cropped or longer shorts, if you can carry off that 50s look.
They look great with an office/preppy look too.

They are waterproof.

This is important: one awful holiday some particularly bad footwear + rain gVe our son trench foot.

Not good.

polyhymnia Mon 10-Aug-15 16:35:27

Depends on the loafer - eg that Hotter horror above is - and what they're worn with but generally, no.

skillsandtea Mon 10-Aug-15 18:33:40

I'm lusting after a pair of Tod's in navy, cream or orange but oh, the £££££££££££££££!!! Think I'll just keep lusting via the web grinenvyenvyenvy

daimbardiva Mon 10-Aug-15 18:49:23

I had a really nice brown tasselled pair - and indeed I was hoping for an Alexa Chung-ish effect - but I just couldn't get on with them, I did always feel s little frumpy so I sold them on.

Nettletheelf Mon 10-Aug-15 19:15:24

Sorry, but the answer to your question is "yes".

Truckingalong Mon 10-Aug-15 21:18:53

Those red ones are not loafers and are truly awful A lot of the young, rich, beautiful, tanned, posh girls wear them and look fabulous in them but yes, they can look frumpy if worn in the wrong way.

Truckingalong Mon 10-Aug-15 21:34:49

The distinction is subtle. The 1st pic is frumpy.

2nd pic isn't frumpy.

duffcake Mon 10-Aug-15 21:37:06

I love Driving Shoes mostly because they're so comfy
please tell me these aren't frumpy??

afink Mon 10-Aug-15 21:40:49

Why did I just google image search trench foot? Why? WHY?

thecatfromjapan Mon 10-Aug-15 21:42:08

Because you're completely bananas, afink. grin

SwedishEdith Mon 10-Aug-15 21:48:33

Oh, god, you're going to have to enlighten the uninitaited me about the subtle difference between those 2 photos Truckingconfused

SwedishEdith Mon 10-Aug-15 21:49:17


thecatfromjapan Mon 10-Aug-15 21:53:20

I can't see some of the pictures. They don't show up on my phone. No idea why not.

I'm agog now.

That's me sad.

shock That's the closest I can get to agog. Try thinking if it as slightly amphetine-y and alert rather than surprised.

TheBookofRuth Mon 10-Aug-15 22:58:18

I didn't buy them in the end. I can see they look good on others, but on me I just look at myself and think "frump frump frumpety frump."

And I don't think I am frumpy, as a rule. I'm just terrified of ending up that way.

thecatfromjapan Mon 10-Aug-15 23:00:58

Good luck on your hunt, bookofruth.hope you find something that gets you walking with a

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