Selecting Fashion Boots for Women
Fashion boots are typically thought of fall/winter must-have. 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 high boots.
Over the past several 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 edgy or 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 Miranda Kerr! 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 fashion boot, 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 -- they will coordinate with most pieces in your wardrobe. Knee-high boots coordinate 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. I personally would not be seen dead in a pair of 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. That means wearing them with a mini skirt, a pair of short-shorts, skinny jeans or leggings. To let your thigh-high boots 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.
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.
Oh, and by the way, make sure you break them in for a month or so before going out for an evening of line dancing. Your boots must have that “lived in” look or you’ll be laughed off the dance floor. Also, your feet will pay the ultimate price if you don’t – ouch!
Cowboy boots look as great with a pair of jeans and a T-shirt or a peasant skirt and blouse. I lived in Texas for a number of years and have even seen them paired with cocktail dresses and wedding attire -- I’m just saying!
I can't think of any hard and fast rules when it comes to who can wear cowboy boots and what to wear them with. Just have fun and kick up your heels!
Not one of my favorites, mid- calf slouch boots keep coming back year after year. They’re another style which seem to have no seasonal bounds – especially among celebrities. Mid-calf slouches are definitely a casual look that can be worn over skinny jeans and with shorts, skirts and dresses. Just make sure you don’t try to dress them up too much. It just doesn't work very well.
- 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?
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