We’re less than a month away from the start of 2017, and if you’re anything like us, you’re already starting to compile a mental list—or Pinterest board—of all the new pieces you want to add to your office wardrobe. Go ahead, scoop up those block-heel pumps you’ve been eyeing or that sharp blazer you’ve had in your cart forever. It might not be the New Year yet, but we’re already mulling over our new workwear formulas to crush 2017.
One of our favorite pairings involve a certain versatile shoe style that was everywhere in 2016: menswear-inspired loafers. For 2017, we’re building on the masculine-meets-feminine theme by pairing our favorite loafers from G.H. Bass & Co. with a comfy sweater and finishing off the look with a cool pair of trousers or pleated skirt. Ta-da: a stylish, reliable uniform for a 9-to-5 (and beyond)—no matter what type of office environment you work in.
Keep scrolling to see our favorite shoe-and-sweater pairings to add to your New Year rotation, stat.
Classic Weejuns + Duster
Dusters are one of our favorite third pieces right now, and they look great with a pair of loafers for the office. Complete this combo with sleek trousers or dark-wash jeans.
The patent leather on these loafers give them an elevated and polished look.
This knit option makes it professional enough to wear for your 9-to-5.
Tasseled Weejuns + Cardigan
Hear us out on this one: A loafer with tassels and stitching are a fresh alternative for the New Year, especially if the environment you work in is a little more casual. While the style is more laid-back than other loafer iterations, it’s a nice alternative to a sneakers. Pair it with a cardigan for days you know you’ll be hunkered down at your desk with deadlines looming.
If you’re in the mood to dress these up, add a pair of chic sheer socks.
The nubby texture here is a nice contrast to the sleek leather of the loafers.
Heeled Weejuns + Cable-Knit Sweater
Lovers of late-’90s/early-’00s fashion, rejoice. We love these heeled loafers as an alternative to classic pumps; they elevate your look while keeping things professional. Add a cozy cable-knit sweater to protect you from your office’s overzealous air-conditioning unit.
Black-and-white done right.
A cable-knit sweater is a great way to tone down the statement-making loafers.
Patent Weejuns + Textured Sweater
You can never go wrong with navy, especially when it comes to your shoes. This classic silhouette is versatile enough to meet any office dress code, and we can see them looking chic with a textured olive sweater and a statement third piece.
Opt for navy loafers when you’re looking to be a little more refined.
The color of this sweater is super versatile, making it an ideal layering piece.
Which pairing will you try for your 2017 office look? Tell us in the comments below.