STYLE GUIDE: WINTER BOOTS
Whether modern or classic, sublime or verging on the ridiculous, boots are a firm favourite for every season of the year. But there’s no time like Winter for showcasing this full-coverage footwear at its best!
One of the things I love most about boots is how versatile they are; there is surely a pair of boots for every Style Personality, and every occasion! Whether you are looking to recreate a quintessentially British equestrian vibe, or a chic and modern Parisian look, choosing the perfect pair of boots is often the first place to start!
When entering the chillier months of Autumn, or battling through the freezing months of Winter, boots can transform your wardrobe and offer variety that would be otherwise impossible to achieve. Dresses and skirts can be worn in comfort, and trousers and jeans can be easily offered a seasonal lift. It is for these reasons that I consider it essential to own at least one or two pairs of quality boots.
Of course, quality boots may not be the cheapest items to purchase, but they are investment items that will last you many years to come and be worn on countless occasions!
High Boots For Added Warmth - Longer boots may need to be stored away in warmer seasons, but throughout Autumn and Winter they help you to stay warm while wearing dresses and skirts.
Pair Short Skirts with Long Boots - This can create the most stunning proportions! Remember of course to always wear the appropriate tights. This will ensure that the overall look is kept modest and sophisticated.
The Ankle Boot - There’s never been a better time to choose a pair of ankle boots. The variety available in the shops is astounding and can offer an ultra-modern edge to your wardrobe! Of course, the most obvious way to wear ankle boots is under trousers, as they can be easily slipped on and don’t feel restrictive around your legs. However, remember to think outside the box! Love or hate them, ankle boots (booties) are now being worn with a wide range of dresses and skirts - and I must admit that despite some initial reservations, some of these unusual combinations do in fact work beautifully!
The Little Details - Consider that when wearing a fuller skirt, it’s ideal for your hem to fall just over the top of your boot. With a fitted shape, try to allow a few inches between your hem and your boot.
Wear Chunky Heels with Maxi Skirts & Dresses - When wearing longer skirts and dresses, you can choose to wear heavier heels, as they will successfully offset the length. Although many boots with chunky heels can tend to be less refined, try to reserve the most ‘rough and ragged’ variety for wearing with jeans!
Slim, High Boots: A Wardrobe Staple - Take time to choose the perfect fit - even if it means a whole day of trying on different pairs in different stores! Trust me, fit is everything, so choose with patience :) Pick a pair that is comfortably fitted around your leg, but avoid any that are too tight (a giveaway sign is if your skin bulges at the top). There should be no more than a half inch of space between your leg and the boot. Saying this, bear in mind that flat equestrian boots can be slightly less fitted. In fact, a straighter cut makes them easy to slip on and off, and you need a little extra ‘wiggle room’ if you are to wear them with skinny jeans.
Leather & Lace - For adventurous fashionistas, have fun experimenting with contrasts! Teaming light and flowing dresses with heavy leather may sound like an unlikely combination, but it can create a dramatic look. Such combinations are often seen in rock music videos, and on the runways - but this is a fashion that anyone with the right attitude can try at home!
Tuck in Skinny Jeans - This is a look that unfortunately doesn’t work for everyone, but it can be super-glamorous for slender ladies. The important thing is to choose jeans which are ‘super skinny’ - there should be no bunching of the denim, and no folds. Experiment with varying the length and style of boot you choose; you can choose ankle or knee-high, or even slouchy! Be sure to try a few styles before you buy.
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** Boots shown here are available from Nordstrom