Bonfires, hot cider, crisp apples, colorful leaves…there are lots of elements that make up the perfect fall day, and just as many that make up the perfect fall outfit. As much as we love a cozy beanie or perfectly tailored jacket, when it comes to fall dressing there’s nothing that beats a good pair of boots! You probably have a few pairs in your closet already, but it can be tough to think of fresh, creative ways to wear your favorites. Luckily, we’ve rounded up five of our best styling tips for fall boots right here.
Over-the-Knee Boots: When it comes to this bold boot style, keep the rest of your look short and sweet. Over-the-knee boots have been a major trend for several seasons, and one that shows no signs of slowing down. Though we love this look, it can be one of the most challenging boot silhouettes to style. When wearing an OTK boot, the most important thing to keep in mind is balance. Try matching a pair of tall boots in soft suede with a short, flowy tunic, or skinny jeans and the perfectly draped poncho. Avoid fitted dresses and stick with OTK boots that fit snugly on the leg to avoid awkward bunching and slouching as you move or sit.
Cowboy Boots: If you haven’t added a pair of cowboy boots to your wardrobe for fall, giddy-up and get yourself to the shoe store! Western-inspired boots are the hottest style of fall 2018, spotted across the runway and in countless trend reports. If you’re not much of a country girl, you might think this trend is difficult to try, but cowboy boots are surprisingly simple to incorporate into your existing wardrobe. We love contrasting their rugged details with surprisingly feminine items, like a flowy silk maxi dress in a moody floral. (P.S. These boots are also the perfect starting point for a killer Halloween costume when paired with a ruffled skirt and a frilly blouse. Go get ‘em, cowgirl.)
Mid-Calf Boots: When it comes to boot heights, ankle boots and knee-high styles are the standard. You might shy away from mid-calf styles thanks to their reputation for an unflattering fit, but we think that reputation is undeserved! Mid-calf boots have become a welcome addition to our wardrobe when paired with another tough-to-wear look: midi skirts. Choose a skirt that overlaps just slightly with the top of your boot for a look that’s both fashion-forward and surprisingly flattering. Another surprise: this combination works well with a wide variety of mid-calf styles, from super-fitted sock boots to the slouchy, 80s-inspired looks that are popping up this season.
Hiking Boots: Echoing the cowboy boot trend, another rugged style is taking the fashion world by storm this fall. We’ve spotted lots of ankle-height boots inspired by practical hiking styles; think sturdy lug soles, utilitarian materials, and high-contrast laces. If you’re not so keen on the great outdoors, you might be tempted to tell this trend to take a hike. But these woodsy boots are surprisingly versatile, no matter your style. For an understated fall look, wear hiking boots with a simple pair of skinny jeans and a slouchy sweater. For a high-fashion take on the trend, pull out your best 90s-style slip dress to create a study in contrast (worn-in denim jacket and/or flannel shirt around the waist optional).
Ankle Boots: The final entry on our list is a classic silhouette with an of-the-moment update: ankle boots in eye-catching materials. The humble ankle boot is getting all dressed up this fall with unique design details, like kitten heels, sequins and an array of statement-making fabrics that range from animal print and calf hair to houndstooth and all-over glitter. (We’ll take one of each, please!) While there’s an ankle-height style for nearly any outfit, we’re especially loving the playful contrast of a bold boot with your most broken-in denim. The high-low combination of sparkling boots with a pair of ripped and cuffed boyfriend jeans is an effortless way to step into the season’s trendiest look.
Which boot look do you love the most? Share your favorites with us in the comments!