STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: The Ankle Boot

Style Advice of the Week

I was never much of a boot person before moving to San Francisco. Southern California weather treated me well and my tall lace-up boots were only needed in the short “winter” we got a few days in January. Once I was in San Francisco, boots became my best friend, and besides heels, I wore them every single day. My collection is becoming extensive: tall boots, combat boots, booties—the gang’s all here. Boots seem like a no-brainer to style, but when it comes to booties it can be a bit difficult. As for me, booties put me in a conundrum sometimes because they tend to cut down my legs to an unflattering length, right above my ankle (cankles and short legs—no thanks). So this week we’ll pay special attention on ways to style your ankle boots.

This week’s Fashionista was seen in a neutral striped sweater and black maxi skirt with a slit down the side. She finished the look with a faux fur bag (DIY, I might add!) and some black moccasin-inspired ankle boots. Her outfit brings us to the first way to style your booties: with mid-length skirts or maxi skirts with slits. The peak-a-boo of your ankle boots are a great touch to an outfit; they’re eye catching and add length. As for the ladies blessed with a petite height as I am, styling your ankle boots are a bit tricky. Besides my faithful Sam Edelman Petty boot that fall perfectly below my ankle, most booties make my legs look extremely short because they cut off about an inch above my ankle. Finding an ankle boot high enough to not make my legs look totally unflattering is a difficult task. To remedy this, pair your boots with some tall socks bunched up a few inches above the boot. It’s super cute and elongates your legs.

For ladies blessed with already elongated legs, you’ve got it easy! Style your ankle boots with socks or no socks. Dress down a party dress or dress up some jeans. Girls short and tall—your booties will always be there for you.

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