Many a fashion insider will tell you that shoes are not meant to be comfortable, but that is all about to change. Why, you ask? Well, dear readers, the latest footwear trend to make waves in the fashion world—stylish slippers—is nothing but comfortable! First spotted on the fall runways at shows like Cynthia Rowley, Jenni Kayne, and The Row, these cozy-yet-chic shoes have since been spotted on top tastemakers like Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, and Ashley Olsen. The best part? They can be dressed up or down to suit your mood. On that note, click through to today’s Trend Report to discover all the need-to-know details on stylish slippers!
Rihanna got a jumpstart on this trend in March when she was spotted out and about in Santa Monica. Rihanna had paired her embellished black slippers with a set of unfussy black pieces—specifically, a pea coat, harem pants, and a tank top—which emphasized the low-key vibe. So, how did she ensure her ensemble erred on the stylish side? Simply by picking out a pair of slippers with a glam embellishment and making use of smart accessories like a chic leopard-print headband. To make this look your own, pick up a pair of slippers like Alexander McQueen’s Velvet Loafers ($595) and pair them with pieces like Topshop’s Pea Coat ($120) and Bop Basics’ Harem Pants ($102).
One of the best things about this particular footwear fad is that you can make it work to meet your needs, whatever they may be. For instance, in August, Anne Hathaway was spotted out and about in London, England, wearing a Christopher Kane sweater, black track pants, and studded Christian Louboutin slippers. Anne’s ensemble has a nice high/low balance, making it perfect for anything from running errands to going on a shopping spree with your girlfriends. To make this look your own, pick up ASOS’s White Winslow Pin Stud Slippers ($96.03) or DV By Dolce Vita’s Wink Studded Suede Loafers ($79) and pair them with pieces like Free People’s Spun Pullover ($168).
Of course, there are many other ways to wear your slippers. For example, for a stroll around Soho in New York City in August, Ashley Olsen picked out a pair of low-key, unembellished black slippers and paired them with an equally understated ensemble: a grey velvet top, cropped black pants, and a printed scarf. We love the way Ashley’s pared down ensemble doesn’t just look effortlessly chic, but actually is effortless. Plus, it can easily be dressed up with a smart blazer should the need arise. To try this look for yourself, pick up Topshop’s Manney Slippers ($56) and pair them with pieces like Walter’s Striped Velvet Burnout Top ($79.20) and Forever 21’s World Traveler Scarf ($9.80).
Last, but certainly not least, we turn to Giovanna Battaglia, who was spotted out at Milan Fashion Week last month wearing a plaid coat, an animal-print dress, and black slippers. We love the way Giovanna has given her ensemble a casual twist by wearing slippers instead of, say, a wedge heel. Not only does it make for a surprising and interesting twist, but it also ensures that she will be comfortable while running from show to show at fashion week. To make this look your own, we suggest picking up French Sole FS/NY’s Drama Velvet Flats ($140) and pairing them with pieces like Oasis’s Leopard Dress ($104.76) and Milly’s Plaid Clare Pea Coat ($550).
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