Ankle boots are some of the favorite footwear options of the late 2010s, and it is not that hard to understand why. Contrary to popular belief, ankle boots go along flawlessly with any outfit, whether one needs something cozy to wear on a long day at the office/ university, or is looking for a night out-approved fancy outfit. The key behind the perfect combination lies in the structure and material of the ankle boots you choose.
Knowing how to wear your ankle boots with any outfit is of primary importance, as despite what a simple accessory piece the ankle boot seems to be, it does require certain style rules, if you want to always look impeccable. To give you a wider perspective on this iconic fashion statement, we have put together the dos and don’ts of wearing ankle boots with every outfit. We have also rounded up the best ankle boots to show off for winter 2018 (or even up until spring 2018!).
How to Wear Ankle Boots Right
Wearing ankle boots with any outfit and for any occasion may be perceived as a difficult task, as many believe that ankle boots are a definite no-no on all fronts unless one is blessed with a pair of super-long legs. Many women under 5’1’’ have made up several excuses to not wear them, let alone the fact that they are often advised not to buy them because they won’t flatter their petite figures.
That’s however incorrect. There are a few useful tricks that will make any petite figure appear elongated with ankle boots as well, and we are here to reveal them!
• Proportion is key in fashion, whether you are about to wear your favorite pair of ankle boots or not. When showing them off, however, we suggest making sure the silhouette is well balanced with a relatively long trench coat or blazer, depending on the season, and a pair of cropped pants. They will easily break up the line of your legs, and you will instantly look slender.
By the way, using a long trench coat is a trick we suggest whenever you have to wear a pair of flat shoes, as well!
• Colored ankle boots are cute, that’s true. But so are coherent outfits that don’t break the figures. Make sure your ankle boots and tights or trousers share the same color tones, as monochromatic combinations are key, too!
• Back to proportions, always keep the following rule in mind – “the shorter the ankle boots, the longer hemlines you can opt for (and vice versa).” Use this rule also to remind yourself to always buy ankle boots that, most and foremost, fit your feet and ankle right. Shaggy ankle boots, for example, could easily weigh you down visually.
As for those who are tall and think they can wear ankle boots whenever and however they like, you’d better think twice! The industry is filled with different ankle boot styles, colors, and structures aplenty, meaning that not only isn’t it easy to find the perfect pair of ankle boots, but also pairing them according to the right occasion.
How to Wear Ankle Boots with Jeans
Ankle boots and jeans are two different protagonists of the same love story, and we can’t help but adore ‘those’ two whenever they are together. Although wearing ankle boots with jeans is pretty much always a good idea, there are a few dos and don’ts it is always better to take into consideration when channelling them.
First of all, jeans are so diverse in their styles and cuts that even tucking them might cause indecisiveness. Speaking of this, just follow this simple golden rule: never tuck loose fitting, boot-cut or bell-bottom jeans in your ankle boots.
When in doubt, always opt for a pair of tight skinny jeans and have fun tucking them in! Otherwise, pick a pair of cropped jeans that will always look amazing with ankle booties.
Another ankle boots-jeans golden rule is that of investing in a good pair of brown ankle boots to wear with any pair of jeans, from the lightest to the darkest. Such a combination will give you something fancy to don on a daily basis, whether you are about to spend the day at the university or at the office.
For a night out with friends or on a special date, opt for a pair of bell-bottom jeans paired with a pair of block-heeled ankle boots, and you will instantly feel like a Seventies-inspired queen!
Keep in mind that tight-fitting pants or leggings, or high-waisted skinny jeans or tailored pants pair perfectly well with ankle boots, visually elongating your legs and slimming you down.
How to Wear Ankle Boots with Skirts and Dresses
As with being petite, wearing ankle boots with skirts and dresses is something many perceive as a bad idea. Well, they couldn’t be more wrong! Ankle boots and skirts always go along together fabulously, especially when:
• The skirt is midi or longuette, as such a combination will flawlessly elongate any figure while at the same time adding an always flattering overall classic touch to the entire outfit;
• The dress runs a little below the knees and is flowy and A-lined in its cuts, as it could help any look find its glorious way into the Hall of Fame of romantic outfits;
• The dress or the skirt is maxi and features a sensual slit on one (or even both) side. Here proportion and balance surely rejoice.
• Your ankle boots are in a neutral color, matching your skin tone, which will create the effect of an elongated figure, breaking any harsh contrasts.
Extra tips: favour skirts that show some skin over those that don’t during springtime, and never forget to match your ankle boots and tights or, alternatively, the colors of your skirt and your tights during fall.
Another amazing tip is pairing black ankle boots with black opaque tights to visually elongate the figure. On the other hand, it’s not a good idea to wear colored ankle boots with black opaque tights, as this will create a stark contrast, breaking your nice proportions.
Night Out-Approved Ankle Boots
What if we tell you ankle boots can come rescue any night out look, particularly when something elegant yet extremely cozy is needed? Dancing Queens, rejoice! Ankle boots are the best night out footwear option for anyone who could (and actually does) spend hours dancing the nights away, as they make it possible to move freely from 11.00 PM to 06.00 AM without experiencing feelings of intense sore feet.
If you are willing to invest in a good pair of night out-approved ankle boots, whether you know you will pair them with a pair of edgy trousers or a dress, just remember to focus on the heels or on the one-of-a-kind details your booties will feature!
Bejewelled heels, cuts on the sides, or quirky fabrics such as metallic leather or heels are always a go-to whenever it comes to a fancy night out outfit, and ankle boots just work together so well with any of these details. You’ll just need to complement your look with just a little bit of self-confidence, et voila! You’ll be ready to rock the night away!
Best Ankle Boots to Get for Winter 2018
So if you have decided to step into the ankle boot game, below you’ll find the best ankle boots for winter 2018 from top famous brands and fashion retailers.
1. Gucci Grosgrain-Trimmed Leather Ankle Boots
Combat boots are one of this fall’s biggest trends, and we all know that when there’s a trend around, Gucci has surely revisited it through its own extra-fancy lens. Grunge-inspired and slightly glossy, Gucci’s combat ankle boots are the best for this fall, winter, and spring 2018, for sure! Get yours at Net-a-Porter!
2. Miu Miu Embellished Buckle Ankle Boots
This is one of the best pairs of ankle boots for winter 2018 for several reasons. First, it’s perfectly polished, elegant and classy, and the black color will make great pairs with practically any outfit. Second, the extra factor of the embellished buckle makes it super-dressy and avant-garde, which means you can easily take these booties from day to night! Go get your pair from Farfetch!
3. Diverge Block-Heel Ankle Bootie
Pink is the color of passion and, when paired with red, it could make anyone happy within seconds. These pink and red ankle boots are just the perfect answer to the pink and red trend that is making everyone run amok both on the runways and down the streets, and will surely give you the needed extra-factor whenever you are in the mood to dress to impress (always first yourself!). You can find them at Revolve.
4. Stella McCartney Zip Ankle Boots
Do you ever find yourself trapped in the sweetest Seventies-inspired daydreams? Well, if the Seventies and the sustainable materials are your bread and butter, you will always find comfort in any of Stella McCartney’s ankle boots. This pair of zip-detail ankle boots is utterly fashionable, whether you would like to sport it at a Seventies-themed party or on a (non-so-)casual night out with friends. You can get it from Forward.
5. Fendi Metallic Leather Chelsea Boots
From one extra factor to another, going unnoticed will be impossible with this metallic pair of Fendi ankle boots. Textured and easy to wear, they are made for walking and dancing, indeed! Find yours at LuisaViaRoma.
6. Rose Suede Flat Ankle Boots
Who says ankle boots can’t be cute? Palladium’s pastel suede boots are perfect for any day-to-day activity, especially if you are always on the go and need something that fits and feels always cozy even at the end of the day. Grab yours at ASOS!
7. Alexander Wang Studded Booties
Of course, one of this fall’s best pairs of ankle boots had to be Wang’s! If you are looking for something unconventional to leave everyone speechless, Wang’s deconstructed ankle boots are the way to go! You can find their pointy figures and studded leather at Farfetch.
8. Proenza Schouler Metallic Leather Ankle Boots
If too deconstructed or too metallic is just too much for your, Proenza Schouler’s suede and metallic ankle boots with soft ribbon detailing are the best to elevate any outfit. Net-a-Porter has got you covered, if this is the ultimate pair of ankle booties you’ve been looking for!
9. The Cut-Out Bootie
We know this pair of ankle boots will make all those vintage style lovers fall deeply in love with the cuts and sophisticated structure. Refinished with a memory-foam insole, they are also extremely cozy! You can buy this pair at Nordstrom.
10. Lanvin Embellished Ankle Boots
Part of Bouchra Jarrar’s first pre-fall collection for Lanvin, this pair of ankle boots perfectly exemplifies Lavin’s new era under Jarrar’s direction. Parisian-inspired yet wholeheartedly glam-rock-approved, they could easily complement any style. This gorgeous pair sells on Net-a-Porter.
11. Valentino Rockstud Suede Ankle Boots
Is there anything more classic than a pair of ankle boots designed by Valentino? Probably not! We officially declare this pair of Valentino studded suede boots as the cutest on this list. They are available through MyTheresa.
12. The Red Lipstick Leather Ankle Boots
Crafted in Italy from soft leather and refined though the label’s signature block heels, Petar Petrov’s Lipstick ankle boots are already one of this year’s biggest accessory trend, and we won’t be surprised to spot them at every fashion icon’s feet in the months to come. They are available at Net-a-Porter.
13. The Classic Leather Chelsea Boots
Feeling special with Common Projects is, pardon the pun, not uncommon. That’s mainly because, besides the uncanny quality of their accessories, their footwear designs are stamped with gilded serial numbers on the sides. This pair of ankle boots, which is as classic as elegant, features the brand’s serial numbers along with the finest leather structure fabricated in Italy. You can easily find yours at Net-a-Porter!
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