Hi Hayley, I'm looking for some ankle boots for work. I would like a bit of heel that I can wear under my longer trousers instead of court shoes, but also something that would look nice with skirts. Can you help?
Ankle boots have become a wardrobe staple over the past few years. They're versatile, going with anything from skirts, shorts to jeans. They're much more flattering on most people than mid-calf styles and it's much easier to find a pair to fit than knee high styles which have to fit around your calves aswell, which can be a challenge in itself!
Here are a few quick tips to bear in mind when choosing ankle boots:
Choose a pair which replicate the size of your legs. If you are slimmer legged, a pair of chunky wedges or thick platform will make your legs look twiggy and feet boat like, so opt for a lighter weight pair. If you have heavy legs, a delicate heel will make them appear thicker, whereas a chunky heel will balance them out.
Broader on the top half? A pair of statement boots with colour, pattern or embellishment will distract and draw attention away from your top half.
Larger on the bottom half? Opt for simple styles which will not draw attention. Try to match the colour of your boots to your trousers or hosiery which will provide the illusion of a longer and therefore slimmer bottom half.
Basic boots in neutrals colours will go with everything and are a good start to your wardrobe. It’s ideal to have a dark pair such as black and taupe or brown and tan to wear with tights in the winter or bare legs when it’s warmer. Also consider incorporating details which reflect your style. So if you like bold and dramatic, try a bright colour. If you like rock inspired elements, look for zips, studs and metal details. A cowgirl at heart? Go for a contemporary western inspired boot.