Why do we love boots so much? For starters, they offer a no-nonsense, easy-to-wear look that finishes many moods, from urban to sleek, rugged to refined. We also love them for their versatility: you can pair boots with tights and chunky knits on a chilly day, create an easy, breezy look by pulling them on with a dress, or head into your weekend with your favorite boots and jeans.
My advice to clients is to keep a pair of tall boots as well as some shorter options in their wardrobes. Let’s take a closer look at the possibilities, from shoe booties to thigh highs. This fall, put your best boots forward with these tips.
This bootie sits on or below the ankle. For the best look, highlight your bootie with a pant. If you’re drawn to a traditional lace-up shoe with a heel, try a shoe bootie with tights – and if you dare, ankle socks.
This very versatile boot sits one to four inches above the ankle and creates an edgy look. Pair it with a skinny or bootcut jean and a cozy knit sweater, quilted vest or wrap cape. For another option, wear your ankle boots with a fitted dress and tights.
Slouch or Mid-Calf Boots
These boots are generally fuller around the calf and look right on trend with skinny pants, longer skirts or tights.
These are some of my personal favorites. You don’t have to be a cowgirl to rock the look and they are oh so fun! Wear them with or without tights, high socks peaking out from above the top of the boot, sweaters long and short, all denim, maxi skirts, faux leather vest or jackets, caps and hats and whatever else you may have in your closet.
Heavy Heeled or Wedge Boots
If you prefer to go chunky, pair this boot with longer skirts and dresses, and a denim or military style jacket. Another plus: anything with a wedge or thicker heel is a more comfortable platform to walk on.
Flat Equestrian Boots
Here’s the perfect boot to wear with skinny jeans and leggings, as it reads casual + sophisticated. You can’t go wrong wearing this boot with a fitted pant and a sweater, blazer or trench coat.
A wardrobe staple for cooler days, the tall boot works with dresses of all lengths. Make sure the boot fits well around the calf. It shouldn’t gap: no more than two fingers’ worth of extra room. Nor should it fit so snugly that skin bulges over the boot top.
High Knee Boots
Tired of wearing pumps? Try this ladylike version with a fuller pencil skirt. The best look is when your garment falls just over the top of your boot. Can you say sassy?
Thigh High Boots
We have Tina Turner to thank for rocking thigh high boots many years ago. No longer just a trend, the thigh high boot has become a surprisingly fun wardrobe staple. Pair this boot with a mini, with or without tights, and discover what love’s got to do with it.
From my closet to yours,