How to Boot Up Your Wardrobe

The Cool, the Cozy, the Classics

Boots are the footwear of the moment. Whether you like them high, low or in-between, the look right now is to boot up your style from jeans to dressy things.
“The knee high boot is still the most classic silhouette and goes with most everything,” says Meghan Cleary, shoe expert and founder of shoes. “For dressier occasions, the black leather knee-high boot with a slim high heel looks fantastic with pencil skirts, a full midi dress or a skirt with lots of volume,” she adds.
Booties are the new ankle cut classic. Move them around your wardrobe as an instant updater. Streamlined stiletto booties are a key winter look as the trendy alternative to wearing heels. They can bring the sexy out of an otherwise plain pair of skinny jeans with ease, be worn to work with a suit or spice up an evening look.  If your bootie preference includes a different heel and some defining details, there are an array of styles – furry, fringy, edgy and more -- to choose from.
Over-the-knee boots get extra fashion credits, especially when worn for warmth instead of tights in cold weather. They’re a real show-off for a great pair of legs. When thigh-highs are styled with skirts, they look best when they fit calves snugly with no more than a tiny gap at the top.
In all practicality, boots do need to be comfortable. For some it may be a challenge to get a good fit, especially around the ankles, calves and instep.  Zippers, lace-up styles and stretchy insets can help ease fit.  Look for the new square block heel if you prefer a boot with height, but want some stability when walking here and there in winter, Cleary advises.
For some fashionable fun even in the snow, rain and muck, there are ankle boots that mimic moto boots with thick soles, belts, buckles and zippers and Beatle boots in weather resistant materials. If you prefer the old standard bad weather styles, look for classic wellies and snow boots in a fashionable variety of new cuts, colors and finishes.

Daina Hulet spent ten years as the west coast editor for Glamour magazine covering beauty, fashion and lifestyle. She has also written freelance articles for national publications and created content for corporate fashion and beauty websites.

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