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Mandy is a mum of three. She also blogs at A Little Space Like Home. She says her blog helps her to create a beautiful life in the everyday. “I want to create memories for my children, so on reflection, they will look at their life with love and walk into adulthood with joy and passion”. Mandy wrote to me asking for some help with how to work ankle boots into her autumn-winter wardrobe. And I’m so glad she did. It’s a first world issue that needs attention. Have you seen how many ankle boots are out there? They cannot be ignored. Well, they can, but why would you want to?
Why do I feel like such a tool with skinny jeans ankle boot combo? Clearly it’s all the rage at the moment and I love the look on everyone else. I’m not sure if I’m just being too hard on myself, feel uncomfortable, or am just not pulling it off right.
I wore them as above but also with skinny jeans on the weekend but it was all scrunchy and just didn’t feel right. Then my hubby walks in the room and goes, “whats with the bottom of your jeans?”… you know, to make a person feel even worse.
1. The main thing to remember is for the ankle boot thing to work, we need to SEE the ankle boot. You don’t want fabric flapping around them. You want your leg to look streamlined.
2. To achieve such a degree of streamlined-ness (so not a word but you get my drift, don’t you?), you have three options: wear with either skinny jeans, legging/tights or bare legs. That way the boot kind of becomes an extension of your leg … does that make sense? If said jeans or tights are too long for you, get them altered. If this frustrates you, spare a thought for our long-legged, tall friends who simply cannot find jeans long enough. They can’t get them altered in reverse, can they?
3. Because I’m fickle, I’ll add in another option, wear with slim or boyfriend jeans that have been cuffed. Cuffed so that you see the boot. So same theme, just a different, more-fashiony look and therefore more difficult to perhaps pull off.
4. Re boot colour, I say if you’re building your boot wardrobe from scratch stick with a black or nude/tan neutral option for starters. Already got those nailed? Add in a colour because why not?
5. Re boot cost, I say buy the best your budget can afford. Boots in a classic style will never date. Some actually get better with time. And if you live anywhere like I do, they only come out for a few months so can be looked after and worn for many years. Cost per wear, Stylers. Cost per wear.
Let’s start with the boots … all featured are available at Style Tread. Click here for even more suggestions.
1. Zoe Kratzmann boots $330 | 2. D.Co Copenhagen boots $375 | 3. Boston Belle boots $179.95 | 4. Zoe Kratzmann boots $299 | 5. Mollini boots $189.95 | 6. Mollini boots $189.95 | 7. I Love Billy boots $79.95 | 8. Windsor Smith boots $149.95 | 9. Florsheim boots $199.95
And a couple of outfit options …
Have you got ankle boots already on high rotation in your wardrobe? Looking to buy a pair? Any tips for Mandy?