Goodbye open toes, hello boots. The autumn leaves are falling and it is time to get crunching and for that we need boots, lots of boots. And the good news is there is a length and shape for everyone and every wardrobe this season. From slick ankle boots for offbeat elegance, chunky midis for daytime cool and suede over-the-knees for the epitome of sophistication (yes, you can wear your boots thigh high and look chic) we guide you into the new season and what to wear with which boots...
Ankle boots are without a doubt the most wearable style this season. Why? Because this autumn they step out in many guises from slick second skin grippers to luxe bikers, patent glossy numbers to animal print show stoppers and buckled flats to the chunky heels. There are so many wearable styles to choose from this season, and they really can be worn with everything. Ankle boots are no longer relegated to just skinny jeans and trousers, but this autumn must be worn with skirts and dresses and hemlines of pretty much any length. From left: tan boots: Michael Kors, black leather boots: Isabel Marant, skirt: Acne Studios, blouse: Marc Jacobs
Bring a tough-luxe edge to feminine print dresses with a pair of buckled biker boots, or add some height to that seventies suede midi skirt ensemble with a pair of glossy chunky heeled leather boots. For everyday elegance a pair of animal print Chelsea boots will pep up skinny jeans and a tee or shirt. And after dark, a metallic heel or glitter finish will certainly up the glam levels.
The midi boot
Racing up the leg and into second place on the autumn style charts is the mid-calf boot or the midi, as it is known amongst the style set. Think of the classic cowboy boot length and this is where you are aiming for – somewhere teetering above the ankle and below the knee. A boxy shape is most flattering, so not gripping the calf but leaving some air to breathe, and choose the right length to suit your legs (for bulky calves go for a style that sits just under your widest part).
These gorgeous Louboutin boots are super flattering and leg lengthening and look fab paired with autumn’s must-have midi hemline as well as knee length hems, mod inspired minis and of course skinny jeans. Don’t play it safe with these beauties either. Be sure to max out on texture, colour and pattern and add a block heel for extra va-va- voom.From left: black boots: Victoria Beckham, tan boots: Christian Louboutin, blouse: Anna Sui, skirt: Helmut Lang
Over the knee
Riding high and skimming the thigh may not be a length you feel particularly comfortable with. But there are elegant, sophisticated and cool ways to wear the over-the-knee boot this season. To keep things chic, go for flats in grey, tan or biscuit shaded suede. Wear them over skinny jeans or if you are willing to embrace your thighs, pair with a delicate and floaty floral mini dress or A-line mini and flash just a little flesh. Black tights and thigh high boots are best buddies and will keep your look subtle and sophisticated whatever length hem you choose. If you do opt for a heel, for the upmost elegance, keep it chunky or block.