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Wearing Boots with Dresses
September 12, 2014
It’s not uncommon for a lot of women to reach for a pair of jeans or casual pants when they’re looking for something to wear with a pair of boots. Here’s a thought though; wearing boots with dresses and skirts not only opens up your whole wardrobe to new possibilities, it also may even expand your fashion ‘comfort zone’, giving you more confidence to try something new, something different. Let me point out a few of the reasons why the combination works so well.
Firstly, and quite importantly, you get to show off your boots to the world. Now, I know that jeans and leggings can be tucked into boots, but it’s not always a good look, and let’s be honest here, skinny jeans are not always flattering. Leggings have their place too, but there are some events and occasions where something a little more dressy is required.
What else makes wearing boots with dresses or skirts a good look? Well, providing you have the right boots, it can be one of the most flattering combinations you’ll ever wear. This is particularly true with the taller boot styles. Taller boots help create a longer,
leaner, more connected look. Additionally, with women who are self-conscious about their legs, they will find that mid-calf, knee-high, and over-the-knee boot styles allow them to wear skirts and dresses that they might not otherwise feel comfortable in.
Finally, remember that the right boot/dress combination, whether it’s dressy or casual, can create a stylish, polished, and confident look. Once you’ve dipped your toes in those waters, you may actually find that look quite addictive. In fact, it may even leave you wondering how you ever got along without pairing the two before.
Okay, hopefully by now you’re convinced and ready to take the plunge into this whole new look. Let’s take a peek at some handy tips on how to wear boots with dresses.
[Pictures from Arbel Manners collection. AM high heel long boot, burgandy suede and curst leather that was hand coloured with leather outsole.]
Hot Tips for the Boots and Dresses Combo
With so many different kinds of boots, dress styles and body types, it’s difficult to offer suggestions that would work for everyone. Also, there aren't any hard and fast rules on this subject. However, here are a few helpful tips and suggestions for getting to grips with the boot and dress combination, and a little advice on how to find the right look that works for you.
Keep it Simple
Start off simply, with a simple dress - like, say, a sweater dress, or a wrap dress, or even a long tunic - and then pair it with a pair of simple, tall, flat boots. If you like tights or fancy stockings, then try adding them into the mix for a bit of razzmatazz. Initially, avoid really trendy boot styles, or anything dress wise that's too defined – in other words, don't start with a halter dress and a pair of cowboy boots.
Mix It Up
You could just stick with the advice in the first tip and live happily ever after with your boot and dress style combo, and that is perfectly fine. However, if you want to raise the stakes, you could try a half and half approach: Take half of a dressy outfit and wear it with something a bit more casual; something that is a bit frilly with something that is utilitarian; something a little glamorous with something really simple. There are many options but, again, avoid cowboy boots and sexy dresses because both of those items scream “attention seeker”. You could try a variation on that theme though, with maybe a pair of simple boots with a pretty cocktail dress or a pair of cowboy boots with a plain yet feminine dress.
Try to find a pair of boots that will work well with your body type. This shouldn’t be too difficult, as most boots do look good on most body types. Like ankle boots and booties for instance. They rock, and anyone can wear them with jeans, leggings, skirts or dresses.
Finally, remember that you don’t have to try so hard; a pretty pair of simple dress boots will work very well with just about any skirt, suit, or dress that you might normally wear to work, but don’t go overboard and toss a pair of Doc Martens into the mix just to wind things up. Experimentation can be good. Experimentation is your friend, and can certainly be fun, but it is not always necessary.
When it comes to boot and dress combinations, the short, fast rule is: if it feels good and looks good, it is good.