As we transition from the Holiday season into the New Year and spring months, there are countless opportunities to redevelop our business style and wardrobe. While the winter season is often filled with tuxedos, formal attire, and conservative ensembles, the spring season is an opportunity to try new colors and brighten up your appearance while still maintaining a classy image.
We all know the importance of our appearance and our ability to use it as a communication tool and as a beacon to signal where we are and where we are headed. Like fashion, the stylistic element of classic business dress evolves and changes with each season and application. During the early months of the year we move away from the heavy cloths and dark patterns of the fall and winter and migrate toward lighter fabrics and patterns with subtle color. With footwear we are able to create pairings with some less formal choices such as dress loafers and other creative styles.
With the right dress loafer you can create a great base for the perfect business wardrobe during the spring months. A perfect example is the Marion tassel loafer from M Andrews Sartorial Luxury Collection in walnut brown. The hand colored walnut tone and sleek Italian profile will add a new twist to both suiting and sport coat/trouser choices. It pairs well the warmer colors associated with this season such as lighter gray’s, rich browns, and deep blues while providing the versatility of both a dressy and casual piece of luxury footwear. Tassels tend to add a little business element to a casual shoe and this is perfectly executed with this loafer.
A trendier option that has gained much popularity in the last few years is the monk strap loafer. Widely seen in fashionable applications, it also makes a great business approved dress shoe. The options that this style of shoe are seen in are numerous and very creative. It is most often available and seen with either a single or double buckle design. This style of shoe looks great when finished with either a plain toe, cap toe, or even a wingtip design. The Grayson double monk strap loafer from M Andrews Sartorial Luxury Collection shows a creative balance between suede and hand colored calfskin and still remains classy and subtle enough for your business wardrobe. The cap toe adds a professional detail while the suede upper shows your creativity.
As with any choice in footwear, quality and material are the most important factors to making good footwear choices. Look for leather soles and soft pliable uppers for comfort and durability. Real leather and suede shoes are meant to last a lifetime so choose classic styles such as the examples above that fit your personality and taste. Try to stay away from squared and box toe designs and embrace slimmer Italian and English profiles that are meant to create a neat and polished appearance.
As you find success and try new things this year, don’t forget to show your style!