Cowboy boots are often sported with similarly Wild West-themed pieces, like Southwestern print shirts, wide brim hats and button-ups. The equestrian phenomenon has made room for a little bit more variety (although not much); I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve seen the baggy sweater/leggings/long socks/Frye boots combination across campus. And I get it; it’s nice to have a go-to pair of footwear for those days when you’re practically running from class to class. Before riding boots, it was combats, and before that it was those UGGs that we all have a love-hate relationship with. But this Fashionista shows that although they’re inspired by the farm, calf-high boots never have to be run-of-the-mill.
Burgundy has always been one of my favorite fall colors. It’s rich and versatile, but still a bit feminine and unique. This burgundy Calvin Klein tank dress features a slightly higher hem on the left leg, and an all around flowy skirt, for a look that could work with a preppy cardigan and pearls during the day, or a leather jacket and a smoky eye at night. This Fashionista has chosen to keep the look simple, since the weather was a little warmer than expected for this time of year. She belted the dress at the natural waist to accentuate the girly feel. And, to finish off the ensemble, she slid into a pair of distressed cowboy boots. A self-proclaimed Southern Belle, her boots offer a hint of personality to the outfit, and a pleasant change from the predictable sandals, skimmers or sneakers.
To express your inner Southern girl, search for a dress that shows off your femininity, but leaves enough for the imagination. This three-quarter sleeve shirt dress would certainly do the trick, when worn with some chocolate brown or chestnut Western boots and a warm crewneck sweater. Or try a sexy, high-slit maxi skirt with a simple tank and a quirky, state-shaped necklace. Either way, your shoes will certainly draw attention this autumn. Our Fashionista swears, “Everything goes with cowboy boots,” and I think she might be right.