It’s getting to that time of year again: fall. As much as we may detest the falling leaves and biting chill, it means layering more accessories! We get to pull out that snug tweed coat, wrap on scarves and pull on leather riding boots.
Riding boots have been everywhere. Since fall 2008 when they first exploded on the runways, designers from Marc Jacobs to Tory Burch to Frye have featured stand-out quality footwear. Riding boots have become a fall staple, making a repeat appearance these past seasons. Since they have become pretty standard, now we are seeing more of what Fashionistas can do with riding boots.
This Fashionista is preparing for a BA degree in photography and I just happened to catch her on the way to a photoshoot incidentally enough. I could tell she was in a rush, Starbucks coffee and bags in hand, but she spared a couple of minutes when I asked if I could feature her look. Although she was going to be working behind the camera, this Fashionista said she wanted to still look good and remarked on the chillier weather for her sweater, scarf and boots. The whole ensemble worked effortlessly, but what really gave it a punch was the leather on leather going on with her boots and bag.
As simple as keeping to the same material may seem, the chemistry between the two accessories was striking. It may have been the classic feel to leather or the varying shades of chestnut and crimson, but it worked. The obvious similarities paired with contrasting tones created a look that demanded attention.
Here this Fashionista is wearing Bandolino boots paired with her cardinal bag. Try matching leather on leather, suede on suede or even fur on fur — but keep the patterns and shades different — you may be pleasantly surprised by the final effect!
Spotted: Biker-chic leather on leather on the RUDSAC fall 2011 runway in Toronto.