Invest in great classic boots
Boots are a great investment in your wardrobe from both a style and price point of view. You don’t buy them every year, but rather when you need a new pair either because the old ones need to be retired or a life event has changed the size of your feet. Since their tenure in your closet will be several years, your best bet is to go for an ageless design, i.e. a classic style that can’t be pin-pointed to the year you bought your boots.Invest in a pair of classic tall boots as your workhorse. #agelessstyle Click To Tweet
Tips to find the right boots
Here my tips what to look for when you buy boots.
- Skip styles that end at the widest part of your calves. Remember that any horizontal line draws attention to the point where it occurs. The widest part of your calves is surely not where you want the attention.
- Stay away from boots that are too wide at the top unless they are slouchy. You should be able to put two fingers into the top of the boot when you intend to wear them also over jeans. Otherwise one finger is enough for comfortable fit and style. Great fit at the leg is important to avoid a cold gap. You also do not want to look like you are “standing in your boots.” You are not Grandma Duck. That look is reserved for wellies and rain boots.
- When the boots are the only pair you will own, go for sturdy heel leather boot in a neutral color and classic style. This design will work for the commute to the office, visiting clients/customers, having a work lunch with your boss and walking on snowy sidewalks.
- Let the colors of your wardrobe be the lead in the choice of the neutral.
- Go with black or gray when cold colors dominate.
- Tan or brown are good options when most of your clothes are in warm colors.
- Only go for a statement color or style, when the pair is your second pair, i.e. not your work horse.
- The fit on your feet is critical. Your toes should not be squeezed to avoid cold feet. Recall air is a good insulator. Thus, you want a thin air layer between any winter footwear and your feet.
- When you live in a cold climate region, there should be enough room for wool socks and a shearling or foam insole for insulation.
- Waiting for the bus or tram can be uncomfortable when due to lack of insulation to the ground your feet get cold. A thick sole is also a factor to consider.
- On very cold days, you may consider to add boot toppers as they elongate the boots and close the gap between the leg and the boot. See this post for how to style boot toppers over 40.
- In cold climate regions, over-the-knee boots are great to keep your knees warm. When buying OTK boots look for a classic style with sturdy heel and stir away from patent leather (wrinkle alert) and stiletto heels (pretty woman alert, dangerous on ice). Leave stiletto patent leather OTK boots for exotic dancers like Jasmine Dubrow in Independence Day and women in the horizontal profession like Vivian Ward in Pretty Women.
When buying OTK boots look for a classic style with sturdy heel. #OTKboots #agelessStyle Click To Tweet
Styling boots over 40
Here are a couple of styling ideas, dos and don’ts for work appropriate looks with boots.
- Unless the 70s are a trend, avoid to wear a midi skirt that covers the upper part of your boots. Well, this look is so 70s and ages every woman over 40. Thus, if you go for the trend keep everything else modern.
- It is so much sexier to show some skin between the boot and the hem of the skirt. However, be aware that this glimpse of skin – even when covered with tights – is a cold gap. Thus, make sure to wear a long coat.
- When wearing a leather skirt go for suede boots.
- Over-the-knee boots look great with skinnies under a long tunic length sweater or a tunic dress.
- Going for a riding-style or over-the-knee boots are other great option. Pair them with slim pants (skinnies or riding pants), a button-down shirt, blazer and scarf. Add a pearl necklace and diamond studs for a posh casual business winter outfit.
- When your legs are your favorite/best feature try knee-high tall boots with an above the knee-skirt. Don’t go shorter than 4 inch (10 cm) above the knee. You don’t want to be mismatched from behind with your daughter. 😉
Here are some outfits with boots for visual inspiration.
Example slouchy Vince Camuto boots (own)
Example Dior OTK boots with long Orvis chunky sweater (all own)
Example Hunter rain boots (own)
Example East European style
Example equestrian style with skirt
Example American West equestrian look with Dior OTK boots (own)
Example Double-H lace-up booties
How do you style your boots? What kind of boots do you need? Let me know, I am curious.
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