Fashionable Women’s Footwear: The Dos and Don’ts of Wearing Many Different Kinds of Boots
Boots are the secret weapon of any fashionable woman. A finishing touch that adds a hint of luxury and styling know-how to any look, boots are the perfect way to take an otherwise drab outfit to the next level.
Here’s a look at how to wear boots several different ways:
With Pants Tucked In
Think equestrian! This look has been around for quite some time and it works as well with leggings as it does with skinny jeans or basic slim trousers. This works best with taller boots that reach the mid-calf or higher.
Don’t over-do it, though. Keep things simple on top by sticking to one or two colors, and balance out the boot-heavy look with a simple sweater or neutral jacket. Try a tailored blazer to keep things classic.
A Pop of Color
Make your boots the focal point of any outfit. If you normally wear neutrals, this is a low-risk way to incorporate some color into your closet mix.
An all-black outfit is instantly elevated with a pair of red boots or an ankle bootie with a hint of glitter.
While a wilder boot is a low-stakes way to experiment with your look, it’s best to tone it down on the other accessories so statement boots don’t lose their impact.
For colder days, there’s nothing easier than slipping on a pair of leggings, a big sweater and a pair of boots to top it all off. Spice things up, and stay warm by adding some boot socks or cuffs like these boot cuffs by BCS Boutique into the mix.
Peeking out from a taller boot, boot socks and cuffs look great in a contrasting color. If you’ve got tan boots, pair with a complementary navy sock. Black boots look great with a warm cream color, or a light, heathered gray.
Knee High Boots—Navigating Tricky Territory
Over-the-knee boots pose some challenges to the boldest dressers among us. Staying covered up to off-set some of that power generated by the bold boot is a good place to start. Wear these long boots with a slim turtleneck or a buttoned-up blouse. A neutral trench also works well with this look.
If you’d like to show some skin, pair your boots with a skirt just a couple inches higher than the boot—a little sliver of skin goes a long way, here.
When shopping for the over-the-knee boot, look for something not-too-tight, but not loose either. This is definitely a piece you’ll want to try before you buy.
Ankle Boot 101
Ankle boots are both a staple that goes with everything, as well as something of a sartorial challenge for many women. Arguably, a simple pair of black ankle booties is something every woman needs in her closet. Make things simple by experimenting with a neutral boot and pairing it with cropped wide leg pants or a cuffed boyfriend jean.
Additionally, ankle boots look awesome with a contrasting a pair of tights and a flirty skirt, or look toward the boys for inspiration and pair them with slim black trousers and a slightly oversized button up.
A quick word of advice—don’t pull the pant over an ankle boot—it’s not a good look on anyone.
In the end, boots are the ultimate fashion staple—whether flat, heeled, chunky or stiletto—the right boot can really kick your fashion game up a few notches.