Do's and Don'ts for Selecting Fashion Boots
Fashion boots are typically thought of fall/winter must-haves. However, if you’ve checked out the runways and the feet of your favorite Hollywood celebs you have probably noticed them popping up year-round. Ladies boots run the gamut from sleek and classic to wild and trendy. Learn about the different styles, which ones will look best on you and how to pair them with your wardrobe any time of the year.
Ankle boots were originally designed to wear under long pants, giving the illusion that you were actually wearing a pair of full-length boots. It was a great idea for many of us who didn’t want to spend the extra money on knee highs.
Over the past seasons fashion designers have increasingly included ankle booties in their lines pairing them with skinny jeans, shorts, skirts and dresses. Ankle boots can be fun and kicky or can provide an elegant touch to an evening outfit.
Ankle boots typically look better on women with longer legs. If you have short, stocky legs avoid ankle boots that cut straight across the ankle – they will make your legs appear even shorter. But never fear darlings, you can even rock ankle boots though you lack the stature of a super model. Here’s how to do it right:
- Wear ankle boots with a similarly hued pair of skinny pants or opaque hose to give your legs the illusion of length. This will provide an uninterrupted line from your foot up the length of your leg.
- Avoid ankle boots with a wide opening such as slouch booties. The gap around the ankle will only serve to draw attention to that spot and make your legs look shorter.
- Pick an ankle boot with a sizeable heel. It visually slims the calves.
- Steer clear of ankle boots with too much detail. An overabundance of buckles and straps counteract the sleek appearance you’re going for.
Of all choices for women’s boots, knee-highs are the most practical and versatile. Why buy a pair of white boots that go with only one outfit? Choose colors like black and brown that coordinate with most pieces in your wardrobe. Knee-high boots go with skirts, dresses and pants. They look particularly good with tucked-in jeans for a casual after work or weekend look.
- Look for knee-high boots that hit just below the knee for the most flattering silhouette.
- If you have heavier calves try to find a pair that don’t fit too tightly. Boots with a tight fit in the leg will only emphasize a thicker calf.
- Petite women look better with knee-high boots with a slight heel. However, flat and now-heeled boots can be flattering on shorter women. Just be sure not to pair them with a midi skirt or wide legged pants tucked into the boots.
This is purely a judgment call. Some of us wouldn't be caught dead in a pair of super thigh-high boots. But to each her own. If you are into the club scene and like an edgy look then go for it.
Obviously thigh-high boots are the star of the show so you should give them their due and not upstage them. To let your them shine make sure your accessories, hair style and makeup are understated. This is definitely a fashion boot style that should be left to slender, long-legged lovelies.
- You can easily wear a maxi dress or blue jeans with these boots. It's a nice balance.
- Just don't pair over-the-knee leather boots with leather pants.
- Wearing them with a miniskirt might tend to look a bit tacky. Go with the longer skirt.
- They should be worn with a cigarette pants. Instead of super tight pants, spandex gives it more of a sophisticated look
Cowboy boots are also one of those must-haves to round out certain outfits. You may not wear them every day, but once you’ve owned a pair you know how they can perk up your wardrobe!
One word of advice: please make sure you find good quality, good fitting boots. They can wreak havoc on your feet if you don’t. Spending a little extra will ensure a comfortable fit and boots that will look good and hold up, season after season.
Break them in for at least a month or so before going out for an evening of line dancing. Your boots should have that “lived in” look or you’ll be laughed off the dance floor. Also, your feet will pay the ultimate price of pain if you don’t do it.
- Cowboy boots look as great with a pair of jeans and a T-shirt or a peasant skirt and blouse.
- If you live in Texas you can get away with a pair of cowboy boots with a cocktail dress and wedding attire.
- There are really no hard and fast rules when it comes to wearing them. Just have fun and kick up your heels.
Slouch boots kind of look like they've come straight out of the 1980s but they are the perfect pairing with everything from printed midi dresses, pleated skirts and pencil leg jeans. Most of the wearable versions are the ones with neutral leather and suede plus those that come in mid-high heels.
- They are a good choice for women with thin or wide calves, since they are not designed to fit snugly to the leg.
- If you do pair them with a dress or skirt, raise your hemline to keep everything in proportion. If you hemline falls below the knee, it can make you legs look short and stocky.
- Don’t wear mid-calf slouch boots with loose fitting clothes. They are meant to be worn with chic, tailored clothes. Bulky clothes and a slouchy boot will look sloppy. The only exceptions I can think of would be something like an oversized boyfriend sweater and a cute Boho mini skirt.
The Lowdown on Boot Heels
Who Can Wear It
Best for those with average to long legs
Look lovely on women with small feet
An ideal heel for anyone
Good for slender women or those with thin ankles and calves
Great for women with curves and slim silhouettes
Perfect for full-figured women
Add needed height for women with short legs More comfortable than a traditional high heel
Which type of boot is your favorite?
© 2012 Linda Chechar