10 Ways to Wear Your Boots This Fall (and 15 Tips to Keep Those Outfits Balanced)Merrick White
A great pair of tall boots are a clothing staple that should be found in every woman’s closet. There are tons of different styles – heel, flat, wedge, over the knee, embellished, pointed toe, round toe, etc., not to mention all the color options, but I find that a simple brown riding boot is the most versatile. I purchased this pair at Macy’s last year for just under $100 and they are still in nearly perfect condition after wearing them constantly last year.
Here are 10 ways to wear them this fall, as well as 15 easy tips to making each look pulled together and balanced.
1. With Jeans
The number one way to wear your boots this fall is with jeans. So easy and classic!
Tip #1. To create a balanced fall look when it’s still not super cold, try a vest for a cute layered look. Then add an oversized necklace in a pretty color to add a bit of softness and femininity, as well as drawing attention up toward your face.
2. With Socks
Socks layered underneath boots can be a cute look for fall and winter, in addition to keeping your tootsies nice and warm. However, adding another line down there at your knee can easily cut the line of your leg up in weird places.
Tip #2. Don’t let more than an inch of your socks show to avoid weird color blocking and sectioning of your legs.
Tip #3. Keep the socks a neutral color so they add a little something but don’t draw a lot of attention. Keep the attention up at your face where you want it with a patterned top.
3. With Colored Pants
With all the colored jeans everyone owns these days, I’m sure you’ll be pairing them with your boots this fall and winter.
Tip #4. Choose your darker colors of jeans, rather than your neon pair. This will help the boots blend into your leg better and create a long lean look.
4. With Patterned Pants
I was kind of afraid to recommend pairing your boots with patterned pants because I thought it would be completely crazy, but it turns out that I love this look.
Tip #5. Pair your patterned pants and boots with a neutral, oversized top to help balance out the business in the bottom.
Tip #6. Add a brightly colored necklace to help draw attention up toward your face and away from the busy pattern on your legs.
5. Pencil Skirt
Pencil skirts are a great combination with boots, but you have to be careful with the proportions.
Tip #7. Choose pencil skirts that hit at, or right above your knee so that you have several inches of open leg. Don’t let the boots and skirt touch!
6. With an A-Line Skirt
Or A-Line shaped skirts are another great option. But again, make sure there is space between the hem of your skirt and the top of your boots.
Tip #8. Choose a top that’s darker, like my burgundy one here, to help balance out the big dark section on my legs and keep the outfit from being bottom heavy.
7. With a Dress
Dresses and boots are a great pairing for fall, and an exposed bare leg is a perfectt transitional look. Again, make sure you have plenty of space between your dress hem and your boots.
Tip #9. Use a scarf to add a bit of bulk toward the top of your outfit to balance out the heavy boots at the bottom.
Tip #10. Don’t be afraid to pair black and brown – they’re both neutrals so they go together just fine!
8. With a Dress and Tights
As you get into the colder months, tights with boots are a great combination. Since there are only a few inches of tights exposed, try a fun bright color like blue or pink or gold!
Tip #11. A jacket, like this denim one, is another good way to balance out your boots.
Tip #12. Try pairing your tights with the pencil skirts and A-line skirts!
9. With Leg Warmers
Leg warmers are a fun boot accessory, just like socks. You can wear them over jeans, or with a dress as shown here. You could even layer them over tights with a dress or skirt!
Tip #13. Try a pair of patterned ones, like a cute stripe or argyle, but make sure the rest of your outfit stays more neutral to create balance.
Tip #14. If your leg warmers are lighter colored and you’re wearing them with jeans, make sure you only let an inch or two be exposed over the top of your boots. Otherwise you cut up the line of your leg, just like with the socks. If they’re darker, like mine, you can let a few more inches show.
10. With Leggings and a Tunic
Tunics and leggings are a really versatile pair. This outfit would be perfect in the spring and summer with a pair of sandals, but also looks great in the fall and winter with a pair of boots.
Tip #15. Since there is a lot more leg showing than with the tights and knee-length dresses, go with dark or black leggings to create a long thin leg line.