Creative Closet Combinations: Dresses and Loafers

When you’re looking in your closet every single day, it’s easy for inspiration to dry up, and feel like you have nothing to wear. But I’m a firm believer that shopping your own closet works, and if you can open your mind and muster up some creativity, you’ll be able to put together outfits that make your whole closet feel new and fresh.

Thus, I bring you, Creative Closet Combinations. Let’s talk about ways to push your closet further with unexpected pairings. This will be a regular series, sharing some of the combinations I’ve come up with in my closet that I’ve loved. Today I’m talking about dresses and loafers (I’m also throwing oxfords into the mix).

Almost every time I wear a dress, I pair it with heels. Bare legs and pumps just go together in my mind. So since I always ignored my flats when wearing a dress, I never though to pair my flat loafers and oxfords with dresses. But as it turns out, they make a pretty good team! Check out 6 ways I paired different dress styles with loafers and oxfords, and how it opened up a whole new world of outfits for me!

  • Creative Closet Combinations 1 of 7

    Don't let your closet get boring! Let's shop it together and find unexpected combinations that work well together and make your closet feel new!

    Click through for 6 dress and loafer looks!

  • Shift Dress and Cap Toe Loafers 2 of 7

    Loafers and a simple shift dress make a perfect combination. The capped toe adds a little flash of metallic, and the black simple loafers look great with a bare leg. 

    Dress: made by me (tutorial here) // loafers: similar at Madewell for $99.99


  • Fit and Flare Dress with Colorful Loafers 3 of 7

    Fit and flare dresses are flattering to almost everyone, and paired with some colorful loafers creates a perfect casual look. Also, these are the world's most comfortable shoe. Seriously, I never want to take them off. 

    dress: old navy // sweater: target for $22.99 // belt: target // shoes: c/o naya (on sale for $86.39)

  • Body Con Dress with Patent Leather Oxfords 4 of 7

    Oxfords are the most difficult shoe in the world for me to style. I don't know exactly what it is, but I struggle with them. But paired with a little black dress makes for an unexpected and unique look that I actually really love. I added a jeweled peter pan collar to make the look a bit more dressy. 

    dress: similar at Daily Look for $44.99 // collar: similar at Avalaya for $54 // shoes: c/o shoe dazzle for $35.95

  • Pattern Mixing with Dresses and Loafers 5 of 7

    Try a little pattern mixing with your dresses and loafers. I paired a striped dress and jacquard print loafers for a fun and interesting combination!

    Dress: made by me (tutorial here) // chambray: target // loafers: similar at Forever 21 for $24.80

  • Shirt Dress and Oxfords 6 of 7

    A shirt dress feels so J.Crew to me, and paired with loafers just perpetuates that feeling for me. I went simple with this look since my dress was so bold, and then paired it with neutral oxfords. The look is a little bit masculine, and a lot bit cute (if I do say so myself). 

    dress: banana republic // oxfords: old navy 

  • Midi Dresses and Loafers 7 of 7

    Midi dresses are tough because they cut you off at the widest part of your leg and can make your legs look stumpy. But if the midi dress is lightweight, or sheer (like mine), then flats are work. Add a statement vest or necklace to help draw attention up toward your face and elongate your body. 

    vest: similar at american eagle for $44.95 // dress: sheinside // flats: c/o shoemint (on sale for $34.95!)

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