I don’t know about you, but I love a good pair of boots, and fall is the perfect time to start re-integrating boots into your outfits. I mentioned boots briefly in my last post on fall fashions, but here’s more detail on how you can wear a few popular styles of boots to their maximum effect.
Ankle boots have the virtue of going casual or dressy, depending on the outfit with which you pair them. The most obvious casual choice with ankle boots is to wear them with leggings or skinny jeans. With leggings, try tucking them into your ankle boots; with jeans, you may want to try rolling or cuffing them for maximum casual coolness.
Ankle boots can be paired with dresses and skirts as well. Layer them with mid-calf-length socks for a fun look. For a more office-appropriate look, try pairing them with tights and a knee-length pencil skirt or a fit-and-flare dress that goes to the knee to maximize your leg line.
Mid-calf boots tend to lend themselves to a more casual style. Wear them with leggings or socks layered over leggings with a miniskirt or mini-dress for a fun daytime look. They also look great tucked into skinny jeans or with boyfriend jeans rolled up enough to reveal the tops of the boots. You can even try them with over-the-knee socks and shorts for warmer autumn days.
For office wear, pair neutral-colored mid-calf boots with a knee-length pencil skirt and blouse in a color palette that matches or complements the color of those boots.
Most knee-length boots actually rise up to somewhere between the mid-calf and the knee. The exception to this is a riding boot-based style, which typically comes to just below the knee. These boots can be difficult for some to wear, particularly for women with bigger calves. Consult reviews before buying online, or go to the store and try them on yourself for the best idea of how they’ll fit you.
Knee-length boots look great with skinny jeans, leggings, or tights. Wear them with over-the-knee socks and a miniskirt for a great weekend look, or pair them with tights of the same color and a knee-length pencil skirt and fitted jacket for office wear.
Finally, when it comes to boots—or any shoes, for that matter—you get what you pay for. It’s worth investing more money in a pair of boots that will go with multiple looks and wear well for years to come.
How do you like to wear boots? Please share your tips in the comments.