ACCESSORIES REPORT: Are You There, Chelsea?

Accessories Report

Fashion has this wonderful tendency to reinvent itself. If fashion proves anything, it’s that trends never truly die. One of these trends is the Chelsea boot. First born in the Victorian era used mostly for horse riding, it later re-surfaced in the ’60s donned by the likes of The Beatles and The Stones. Now, this stylish boot is popular once more. Before I knew what Chelsea boots were called, I was calling it the stretchy-band boots because I was seeing it everywhere on everyone. Two identifying features are the flat sole and elastic sides. The modern Chelsea boots have adapted from decades past’s versions — the elastic portion has remained constant but the heel of the boot has varying heights. This Fashionista caught my eye with her sleek mid-heeled black Chelsea boots.

Her outfit screams “classic basics.” She styles her Chelsea boots with black skinnies and a long wool camel coat. With the temperatures dropping rapidly below zero, this Fashionista dresses smartly for winter by pairing her boots with a pair of thick wool socks. What I love about Chelsea boots (besides the fact that there are no laces or zippers so you literally just slip them on and go) is the stretch that the elastic portion allows. It comes in handy when cotton socks just aren’t cutting it for keeping your toes warm and thick wool socks are the only way to go.

This Fashionista chose a monotone black for her boots, which is the most prevalent of this fashionable footwear. There are other versions as well: two-toned for the quirky, printed for the bold and glittered for the festive. The boots give her outfit a chic, urban traditionalism. They are very transitional and can easily be dressed down or up. Chelsea boots would look lovely with a pair of boyfriend jeans and white shirt for a casual look or a maxi dress knotted at the bottom paired with a leather jacket for an edgier look.

Take a leaf out of this Fashionista’s book and don a pair of Chelsea boots for a stylish, timeless look.

Spotted: These fashionable boots are for the boys as well! Christopher Kane’s 2013 menswear collection features color-block Chelsea boots.

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