I'm a Stylist—These Are the 5 Trousers I'd Recommend Wearing With Loafers

There’s no doubt about it. As soon as the leaves begin to brown, we're read to hit autumn mode. Seeing autumn/winter 2023 trends flooding the new-in sections is enough to get us excited, and we can’t help but look ahead to the crisp days to come. 

Continuing the relaxed ethos of the warmer months, the transitional period between summer and autumn is all about ease. Especially when it comes to styling. Trench coats are layered on top of simple outfit formulas, light linens swapped for more sturdy leather iterations, whilst classic shirting and light layers continue to prove their worth as the weather fluctuates from day to day. Whilst boots are a prerequisite of the new season, we're not quite ready to commit to the sturdy silhouette. Instead, we're looking to another versatile shoe that remains a timeless finishing touch to any wardrobe: loafers. 

2023 is the year that we celebrate flats, with Mary Janes and ballet flats a constant feature in our favourite fashion people's wardrobes. Loafers too have prevailed this year, as a pairing for mini dresses in summertime, and now, for the cooler months, with leg-covering trousers. Come winter, these same outfits will be a blueprint to follow, perhaps with the addition of a thicker coat and maybe socks, for good measure. 

So, without further ado, these are five loafer-and-trouser combinations you can wear now. 

1. Leather Trousers + Trench Coat + Loafers


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Style Notes: Scandi girl Pernille Tesibæk knows leather trousers and loafers have no bounds. Add a t-shirt and a trench for now or wear this duo with a tank and blazer. Note how Pernille has opted for a lighter loafer as opposed to the traditional black in order to bring her look into the new season.

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2. White Jeans + White Shirt + Loafers


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Style Notes: Monochrome always wins, and Sylvie Mus proves why in a white jeans-and-shirt combo finished with shiny black accessories. Pure perfection. 

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3. Tailored Trousers + Loafers


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Style Notes: For those ankle-grazing tailored trousers we most likely all own, loafers are the finishing touch. Pair with a polished top for an evening-ready look that is equal parts comfy and chic.

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4. Blue Jeans + Striped Shirt + Loafers


(Image credit: @emmarosestyle)

Style Notes: Emma's outfit is one I will be copying every weekend from now on. Combining three wardrobes staples, Emma shows just how hard classics can work for you.

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5. Cigarette Trousers + Loafers


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Style Notes: Chic, elegant and put-together, cigarette trousers tick a lot of boxes. To make the most of their distinct shape and cropped length, loafers are a sleek finishing touch to this ensemble. 

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This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Freelance Fashion Editor

Harriet Davey is a freelance fashion editor who has been part of Who What Wear's extended team since 2017. She previously worked in print at Look magazine and has since worked across print, digital and social for many other titles, including British Vogue, Stylist, Grazia, Refinery29 and Marie Claire. Also a stylist, Harriet has had the pleasure of producing cover shoots and editorials along with commercial shoots for brands including Boux Avenue, Watches of Switzerland, Benefit Cosmetics and Revolution. To add to this, Harriet also works in live TV styling for ITV’s This Morning. Back to Who What Wear. With hundreds of published stories on site, Harriet knows what the WWW reader wants. Keeping up to date with the latest It buys and runway trends, she can guarantee to keep you one step ahead of the most stylish people. When not writing or styling, Harriet loves to go shopping (yes, more fashion). If she’s not in a local Hackney bar or restaurant, you can find her forever searching for her next holiday destination.