Yes, it’s October! Farewell to summer nights, swim parties and barbeques; hello to changing leaves, hot apple cider and fantastic styles for the season. Getting yourself in gear for the weather doesn’t have to be a daunting task. This season promises to give life to your dull wardrobe with many options from head to toe, literally. Boots are a staple in basic need in cold weather wear but it doesn’t only have to be functional. Fashion is boots this season is wide and deep so I decided to create a guide to help you find what boots are in trend, how best to wear them and which may work best for you and what you have in your closet . Think of it as sort of a Boot Bible. Remember always try to buy boots that can be appropriate for both work and play.
OVER THE KNEE BOOTS: It’s been seen for years and worn by famous actresses as far back as Julia Roberts on Pretty Woman but recently brought back to popularity. This style boot is not for everyone; mainly for the fashionably fearless with great, toned legs. They work well with a short mini skirt, large oversized sweater that wears more like a tunic or leggings.
THE KNEE BOOT: This most commonly worn height boot works best with styles that slightly graze the knee. It’s functional and fashionable, and comes in a variety of heel styles from kittens to stilettos and every height in between. It’s the perfect height boot to pair with knee-length dresses and coats.
MID-LENGTH BOOT: This is just as it states. It hits somewhere between the knee and the ankle. This boot is a classic that will last you this season and many more. It’s best paired with feminine skirts and dresses. This may work best for petite women, who can appear shorter when wearing knee-length boots.
ANKLE BOOT: This ultra-versatile shoe boot is wildly popular in all price points. It’s a staple for your wardrobe like the little black dress. You can wear this shoe with just about anything!
THE BOOTIE: Very similar to the ankle boot however it just hits below the ankle. This too can be paired with almost any look. The difference between the bootie and ankle boot is very slight. Try both on and choose the one that looks best on your leg; some higher booties like the ankle boot can cut off the appearance of a long leg. This boot pairs well with everything from jeans to skirts with tights.
THE WEDGE: Personally, this is one of my favorite types of footwear! It’s a hybrid of a heel and a flat but you get the benefit of height without the agony of wearing a high heel all day….best of both worlds in my book. Another plus is it makes your foot appear smaller. Style it with skinny jeans or a flirty mini.
Pamela Watson, celebrity stylist who currently works as the trend expert for Builders of Style, where she prepares A-list clients for red carpet events, music videos, concerts and award shows.