Going back to your boots
It’s time to pack away the sandals and embrace this season’s biggest footwear story: the boot. Boots are more than just staple footwear for winter; they can be practical or uber-stylish and are extremely versatile for dressing up or down. Investing in a couple of pairs will see you through the autumn and winter months from workdays to weekends to evenings out.
If you’re finding it difficult to decide which styles you should invest in, simply follow our tips below and you’ll be beautifully booted in no time!
Go Long?or Short?
The important thing to remember when buying your boots is not just what fashion is dictating but what suits your personal style and your leg length and shape. It’s so easy to fall in love with a great- looking pair of boots, but are they going to look great on your feet and will they flatter your overall look? The good news is that with such a fabulous choice this season you will find several styles that work for you.
Ankle boots and shoe boots
The ankle length styles with a flat heel are practical and cute. If you are shorter in the leg, however, they can be unflattering if worn with a skirt so make sure you keep your tights the same colour to avoid ?chopping’ your legs to look even smaller.
The shoe boot is perfect for a smarter look and the elegant styles could even be worn with your work suit. The more funky styles will work for evening wear so you can wear them as an alternative to heeled shoes on a night out.
The knee high and over the knee
If you wear knee highs with a skirt then make sure it is an appropriate length. If you have nice knees then you can wear a skirt that finishes just above or on the knee. If you have bigger knees then the skirt should finish just below them where the leg is slimmer so that you won’t draw attention to them. If, like many of us, you can’t find a pair of knee highs that fit your calves then check out specialist boot makers such as duoboots.com, the shoetailor.com, both who offer a wider fit or stretchy inserts.
Over the knee is the big trend for boots this season but they’re not for everyone. Think about your scale and whether you can really carry them off and do avoid the ?Pretty Woman’ (thigh high, skyscraper heel) look at all costs!
The UGG Boot
Who would have thought Australian sheepskin could be so stylish? They are ever popular with some new versions appearing and are perfect for slouchy comfort in style.
The key to knowing which boots are best for you and how to wear them is understanding your body shape, scale and style personality. Before you shop for your winter boots this season book a Style Consultation to learn about your personal style and avoid future shopping disasters.
Boot Buying Tips
- Getting the right length and heel will make or break your look. Think about what suits your height and leg length.
- If you are shorter in the leg, wear them with tone-on-tone tights, so as to not ?break the leg’.
- The boot should stop at a slimmer part of your leg.
- Think about the whole look, not just the boot.
- If you are wearing boots with trousers and jeans, socks and knee-highs are best.
- Boots are more of an investment buy so make sure they are a good fit and comfortable for you as well as looking great.
Your Boot Style Personality This Season
Creative – strong colours & quirky details, leopard print shoe boots
Dramatic – over the knee, studs and metallic, mock crock
Romantic – soft suede, feminine heels, tassels and feather detail
City Chic – elegant leather or patent styles
Classic – quality knee highs that match your handbag
Natural – knee high flat riding boots to wear with everything