Boots for Fall/Winter – Do This, Not That

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Reader Emily asked about what the latest boot trends are.  I say forget about the trends and focus on what works for you.

Your first priority with your choices of boots should be to elongate, balance and slim your figure. Secondly, your feet should be comfortable.  And lastly, don’t let a trend wear you.  It’s exhausting to look at.

I know the over-the-knee boot is being pumped into e-tailers, magazines and blogs.  But honestly, it’s only going to work on a tall woman with long legs.  In other words, not me or most of my friends.

So let’s get down to business with basic ideas for how to wear boots.

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From booties to mid-calf to knee-high, these examples all elongate and slim.

  • A – A black bootie paired with a subtly printed black tight and above-the-knee dress works great.  Also, note that the tight is a medium-sheer weight which goes well with a lighter-weight fabric on the dress.
  • B – A sweater dress pairs great with a knee-high suede boot.  The belt accents the waist and makes this woman look like she’s all leg.
  • C – A tailored slim knee-high boot pairs great with a medium-knit dress.  Matching the boot to the color closest to the boot is a great strategy for lengthening the leg.  Note that this is also a nice balance of bared skin from top to bottom to ensure the boots and dress don’t look like they’re from two different seasons
  • D – A lightweight printed skirt pairs great with a simple suede boot with a heel in a dark shade
  • E – A mid-calf boot paired with a pair of tights the same color creates a long, lean look.

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And now, a few examples of how boots can go terribly wrong…

  • A – These booties create an odd silhouette to the ankle and foot.  They break up the line of the leg and distract from the slim ankles.
  • B – While the boot is a good choice to match the casual dress, it looks clunky and is way too strong of a focal point…unless you really want everyone looking at your legs.
  • C – The shaft of your boot should fit you and not look too loose or too tight, with or without legwear.
  • D – This boot choice – a dressy, stiletto boot – is an odd combination for a chunky, casual sweater dress.  Aside from the fact that I think this dress is too short (can you imagine sitting down in this?), I would much rather see a more casual boot like E paired with this.
  • E – This boot choice could be good for someone who has tiny hips compared to shoulders/bust and needs all attention on the lower half of the body.  That said, I think it’s a poor choice for the flowy fabric of the skirt it’s pictured with.

Are you left with more questions than answers?  Do you need more guidance about what works for you and your body type?  Fabuliss can help!

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