Dubarry Loafers

Thursday, 13 August 2015

It's almost 'back to school' time once again
and today I'm styling two looks to go
with my new Dubarry loafers*......

Back to school lookbook

Dubarry Oxford Loafers

Recently I received an email from Dubarry of Ireland asking if I would like to try a pair of their loafers to review and I was delighted to be able to work with the brand not only because I'm a loafer fan but also because I love to support Irish brands. I've been wearing them lots since I received them and let me introduce you to the perfect Autumn shoes....

The first thing I noticed when I opened the box was the beautiful burgundy colour of the shoes. I absolutely love burgundy for the Autumn months and it's such a versatile colour that will go with a lot of colours in any wardrobe. I'll be pairing my loafers with a lot of creams, pink and even khaki green. At a closer look, I spotted the neat trimming around the edges and the little Dubarry emblem on the outer corner; I thought this was a nice little touch of detail. They're a classic penny loafer with a round toe - I'm fond of how the pointed toe loafers look but they can get quite uncomfortable around the toe area after a few hours wear so I prefer this style as they're more comfortable.

When I first tried them on they slid on effortlessly and they fit like a glove. I'm a size five and I didn't need to size up or down with these. They're very comfortable to walk in and they're still comfortable after a few hours wear. But they were to put to the real test during this shoot as you can see it was rough terrain. I was sure I would need to change into a pair of runners to walk through this field but I was pleasantly surprised when I was able to make my way through the field and walk stony ground comfortably and with ease. They're made of leather which feels soft and luxurious as well as looking chic and stylish. These loafers are also very versatile as they can be paired with skirts, overalls, jeans, dresses etc just like I've shown below. They cost €90 so they're a little bit dearer than high street loafers but I think the quality is well worth the price and I can tell these are going to last years.

I never knew they had a flagship store in College Green but I better hide my wallet because who knows what might happen if I'm in College Green anytime soon..... 

Look 1:

For the first look, I went for a more dressier option. Smock dresses are my favourite style of dress to wear on an everyday basis as they look very casual and they're also comfortable to wear too. I bought this one online but it's a little bit too big on me so I decided to pair it with this sleeveless blazer from New Look and a pink belt to cinch the dress in at the waist. This is a great little tip if a dress is a bit too big and it was a lot easier to do than going through the hassle of sending the dress back. Smock dresses are also very versatile because you can wear them on their own with a pair of converse and frilly socks for the ultimate casual outfit or you can also throw a gilet on over it paired with some ankle boots and you have a dressy option. I, of course, finished the look off with the Dubarry loafers*. As I said before I love the burgundy colour of the shoes but I think the colour goes particularly well with the hints of pink in this outfit. The classic style of the loafers compliments the look very well and both the sleeveless blazer and the loafers add a sophisticated and chic vibe to the outfit.

Look 2:

For outfit number two I went for the classic jeans and loafer combination. I love pairing jeans and loafers together as they add a girly, classy feel to a casual outfit. I thought the rich burgundy colour of the loafers complimented the light wash denim jeans very well. I paired the outfit with a casual long sleeve top from Vero Moda which was featured in this outfit post. I love this top as it has silky soft material and it's a loose fit which makes it very comfortable to wear. I also love the dark blue colour, it's very different from any of the other colours in my wardrobe and I think it looks particularly well paired with the burgundy loafers; I think it brings out the colour in the shoes and makes them stand out. There's also a gorgeous lace detailing at the top and if you're a regular reader of my blog then you'll know that I love basic tops with a touch of detail. I'm not a fan of wearing jewellery to school so for accessories I always opt for a scarf. They keep you cosy whilst looking stylish and adding details to an outfit - what's not to love?

What does your 'everyday style' consist of?
And are you a fan of loafers? If not, then what's your favourite style of shoes?

Cliona xx

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*This post contains a PR sample 

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