Loafers with a suit?

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  1. Ebonyman

    Ebonyman Senior member

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    I just purchased a really nice pair of loafers (Campanile) and although I don't usually wear loafers (with the exception of double monks) with a suit, I'm wondering if these are considered "dressy" enough to wear with a suit. Also, for those you who do wear your loafers with suits, what style loafer do you find works best? Pics are welcome!!!!


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    I wouldn't. I'd be tempted to, but I wouldn't.

    I don't mind a tassel loafer with a suit but it's not my personal steeze. I like single monks with a suit, but it's technically not 100% kosher.
     
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    That's kind of what I anticipated the response would be but I was fairly certain I'd seen a few nice fits with loafers in the WAYWRN thread. Maybe I'm misremembering...
     


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    I’m not a fan of loafers with suits, but then I do tend to dress a bit more formally than most, so that’s partially just personal preference.

    I find the look works best (and is closest to being ‘classic’) when it’s a summer outfit: a light (in color) cotton or linen suit, for example. Seersucker, too. In that context tassel loafers might be preferred by some, however. Think Martha's Vineyard in August.

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    Thanks AC, having spent some time in MV with my big brother over a few summers in my 20s, I can certainly picture the look you are referring too.

    I may have to rethink this. Looking at these shoes, I can't really see myself wearing them with chinos or jeans but I do have more than my fair share of nice slacks/SC combos. So.....
     


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    Monk straps are not loafers (the picture is of penny loafers, which should never be worn with a suit).

    Monk straps are entirely appropriate with suits. (The old-school etiquette in the English legal profession is only QCs wear monkstraps.)

    Double monks are an abomination (but that is a personal stylistic opinion)!
     
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    would love to try those products
     


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    If this falls within your style and it's fine in your work environment, the darker color and sleeker last should make it work in a suit.

    I personally prefer balmorals with suits but I do wear loafers in the spring/summer time when I wear cotton/seersucker suits. I also sport them with odd jackets/trousers. However, I work in an environment where lab coats, scrubs, and Crocs dominate so dress codes aren't as rigid.

    I don't always follow the style guidelines :)
     


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    I would not wear those loafers - or any loafers, frankly, with a suit.
     


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    Can anyone provide some picture examples of where they think loafers/tassel loafers do work well? I personally do quite like tassel loafers but am not sure how best to make them work with blazer and trouser combinations.
     


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    Those are nice. Even nice enough to wear with a suit. I don't wear loafers with a suit, no one in Germany does. But Americans do, so you should feel free if you're so inclined. :fistbump:
     
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    Someone asked for pics. This does not imply that I'm endorsing any of these looks, there just pictures I found related to the question.

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    Judging from these pictures, it does seem that tasseled or monk strap loafers would be a better choice. For what it's worth, I've always worn my Magnanni and Santoni double monks with suits. I consider double monks a more formal shoe than other types of loafers. Maybe I'm wrong about that as well...
     


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