Boots in the Spotlight
For several seasons, boots have been popular but this season, they seem to have hit the spotlight. I love the look but there are many pitfalls between looking great and missing the mark.
When choosing boots, as in any fashion decision, think about your style. If you have a sporty, outdoor look, you can wear many more styles than someone whose style is feminine or elegant. Some styles are only for the young who don’t yet have a style.
I have chosen a variety of examples to offer some guidance.
Uggs – An apt name for this boot. If you are over the age of thirteen and/or don’t live in the Arctic, I can only say “Ug”! There is really no style to these boots and they make your feet and legs appear huge. Rain boots and the work boot styles fall into the same category. If you work on a horse farm, mucking out stables, either would be appropriate. Otherwise, I can’t think of many settings where one might wear them with aplomb.
Cowboy Boots – These are really a costume and should be worn when wearing Western clothing. When we lived in New Mexico, many women wore cowboy boots with their blue jeans or a denim skirts. But this is an area where men’s formal attire was often new blue jeans, cowboy boots and big belt buckles topped with tuxedo jackets and a bolo tie. Somehow, I think this would be out of place in most cities!
Riding Boots – This is a versatile boot, great with skinny jeans. It is a smart look for traditional, sporty, or even dramatic style. The look is going to be too masculine for a feminine, elegant, or voluptuous lady. Scarlett Johnasson, Renee Zelweger, and Diane Sawyer are examples of ladies who would not be projecting their style with such a look.
Robin Hood Boots – These are very casual and are right at home in the forest. I was in the elevator this week with a lady dressed in a suit with full skirt, opaque hose and matching Robin Hood boots. She was so well put together except for the boots. The turn down flap added another interruption to the flow of one’s eye and did not match her professional business attire. Had she chosen fitted tall boots or short boots with opaque hose, it would have been a great, professional look.
Lace-up short boot – This boot is also a sporty look but could be pulled off as more feminine because they are more close fitting and do not seem bulky. They would be best with skinny jeans that tuck into the top or heavy leggings.
Short boots – These are fabulous for the small-boned, more elegant ladies of the world. They are trim, and a pointed toe and slender heel give an elegant look. Most other style types can wear them also but if you love casual, they don’t fit the bill. To keep a long leg line, match opaque hose with the boot. If you are short or do not have a have a long leg line, matching both with your skirt will add visual height and a long-leg appearance. Or, you could wear skinny trousers of the same color but be sure there is no gap between the boots and the trouser.
If you have dreams of boots in your stocking, I hope this helps you choose the perfect style!