Boots have been such a popular fashion look this season that I thought it would be helpful to talk about what work and what doesn’t.
Shoes and boot fashions have had a heavier look in recent seasons, which will continue into the spring. I have seen women in feminine, delicate dresses wearing motorcycle boots. There is just a disconnect between a feminine dress and heavy, utilitarian boots. Each has a role in fashion but those roles do not intersect.
The motorcycle or work boots are adorable with jeans for a casual, outdoor look. This is not a look that everyone can wear. I feel the look is best on someone with a real outdoor persona and generally better for the young. It is a lot easier for a thirty year old to pull off this look than a sixty year old!
The main key to wearing boots well is balance. Look at this picture on the left. The balance is excellent and the fashion forward style is hip and visually pleasing. Balance is achieved through use of color and physical bulk.
First, the black boots and leggings give weight to the lower part of the body and balance is added by wearing this oversized black vest over the big shirt. The scarf not only gives a pop of color but additional bulk toward the face to balance the weight of boots. This look wouldn’t be nearly as effective if the model had blonde hair unless she had a lot of attitude.
Current styles take more skill in keeping good balance so I recommend you look at the total picture. If your style is bulky boots, be sure you add some extra visual weight to keep that balance. When you look in the mirror for your final fashion check, do a “blink” test. Close your eyes for a few seconds then open them. If you see the total you, you most likely have achieved good balance. If, however, you notice your feet first, you need to add something to achieve balance.
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