Ahh, the versatile ankle bootie – with so many ways to wear it, your wardrobe has to do overtime just to keep up. Sleek, heeled styles and soft and cozy slip-ons make this shoe the footwear dujour – so grab a pair (or two or three) and get to styling. Here are our top 5 ways to wear booties!
Rainy days, errand running or chilling with friends all demand one thing – leggings. Those cute and comfy wonders feel like second skin; now all you have to do is doll them up a tad. Start with black, charcoal or deep burgundy leggings, then throw on a neutral tank or tee. Top it with a chambray button-down boyfriend shirt and slide into casual fabric ankle boots, like the Blowfish Malibu Chippy. Cool metallic pieces adorn these otherwise casual booties, so play off the theme by adding a thick menswear-inspired watch to match. In the end, you’ve got a comfy, cozy look that’s one part practical, one part stylish.
Traditional With a Twist
Perhaps the easiest way to rock your booties is by teaming them with classics. Grab your favorite skinny jeans, a white T-shirt and a black blazer. To keep the look from seeming too prep-girl perfect, opt for destructed denim or even a boyfriend cut; just be sure to roll the jeans so about an inch of ankle is showing. Ditch the jacket if the weather’s too warm, and instead wrap a printed scarf around your neck for a dash of color. Slip on a pair of wedge booties and sling a black tote over your shoulder – you’re good to go.
If transitioning your favorite pair of summer shorts into your fall fashion repertoire has thus far been a mindbender, relax – the solution is as easy as the right pair of booties. Take, for example, the Rock & Candy by ZiGi’s Spraypaint boot in brown, and build your outfit from the ground up. Lace-up boots look hot with shorts – especially these with a foldover plaid flap. Simply pick a pair of tights in a hue from the plaid – like burnt sienna – then slip into either denim or tweed shorts. Top off your look with a cream chunky cable-knit sweater and voila – summer to fall in a flash.
Ideal fashion walks the line between effortless and put-together, and the leather-jacket-and-boot combo is no exception. Pick a fitted, leather jacket in a soft black – ideally with a little detail – and add a graphic tee. For a more casual look, pair with your favorite skinny jeans and finish with the Jellypop Rosalie black and gray booties. If black-on-black is your thing, opt for a pair of black leggings with leather detail. Top the look off with your favorite delicate necklace or geometric ring and you’re ready for anything.
Hard Meets Soft
Think you can’t rock booties with a flirty, feminine dress? Think again. A demure frock and a substantial boot creates the kind of cool contrast that’s all the rage. Choose a slightly flared or A-line dress or skirt in a fun floral print, or go for ivory or blush lace to really pack a feminine punch. Then ditch your dainty strappy heels for a strong, rough-and-ready pair of brown ankle boots. Add a matching leather crossbody bag and chunky-chain necklace to complete the vibe.
About the Author
Stacey Kole worked for five years as managing editor of the international style and pop-culture magazine Savvy, where she traveled coast-to-coast covering all things fashion and beauty. In addition to daily writing and editing duties, she interviewed and penned cover stories on such celebrities as Avril Lavigne, Julianne Hough and “Twilight” star Ashley Greene.