Going Beyond the Classic Fashion Boot

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Fashion boots are on trend this winter and set to remain popular for spring 2013. While every woman should have at least one pair of tall boots to wear with a classy look like tunic with leggings or sweater dress, there are so many other kinds of boots that are fun to wear as well as stylish. Incorporate some of these styles into your look to expand your personal wardrobe.

Desert boot: This low-heel ankle bootie, often suede, makes a perfect complement to skinny jeans, a tee and a boyfriend blazer for your a casual weekend style. Try slouch socks and trousers for an office geek-chic look. If you’re more of a girly girl, try a desert boot that has a thick wedge heel instead of the classic low-heel version. Wear these with sweater dresses and nude tights for a geek girl look. Since desert boots are suede, preserve them by reserving them for clear days when no rain is forecast.

Chelsea boot: The Chelsea boot came on the scene in the 1960’s and has been in and out of style since. Right now, Chelsea is in again. These boots tend to be black or brown — classy colors you can wear to work or at home — with an elastic panel on the side that makes Chelseas easy to slip on and off. Try Chelsea boots with slim-fit black cigarette pants or a summery minidress. It’s all about mixing and matching textures here, and these boots are classic enough to make it work.

Low bootie: Low booties are kinda like a boot-shoe hybrid. They’re perfect fashion boots for warm spring or summer days when you don’t want to trap your feet in hot leather. Look for low booties in fun colors or patterns, or find ones that feature an accent like a different colored toe or an exposed zipper. Pair these shoes with your fave current trend, since they’re meant to be flirty and fun. Think: Shorts with patterned tights, blouse, boyfriend cardi. Don’t be afraid to show off your legs with these, since the low silhouette can make your gams look super long.

Lace-up boot: With the nineties in vogue again, it wasn’t too long before low-heel lace-ups like the beloved Doc Marten came back on trend again. Try mid-calf lace-ups in fun pattern, bright colors or crisp patent leather to pay homage to the grunge staple. Pair these boots with leggings and oversized tunics or with skinny jeans and those 90s flannels or a leather jacket. With these, you can scale up the femininity by going heeled. Heeled lace-up boots work best with dresses and flirty skirts. Think ruffles, layers, asymmetry and the like.

Western boot: Cowboy boots went big a couple years ago, and you can still wear your pair. Expand your homage to Western styles with other fashion boots. Look for Western boots that have the same general shape as the classic cowboy, but go a little lower. Instead of embellished stitching, look for bright colors of suede or leather and Western embellishments like braids and tassels. These boots work well with skirts or dresses that showcase your legs, since they’re meant to be fun and flirty. You can also pair Western boots with trousers, just avoid anything that would make your look too costumey, like vests, cowboy shirts or denim oxfords.

Take advantage of seasonal sales and add some of these great boot styles to your wardrobe! Use the looks above to get started pairing your boots with outfits, and comb fashion blogs for additional ideas on what to wear.

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