Riding Boots, Ankle Boots, and the Low Cut Ankle Boot: What they are and why you need them!
With so many beautiful footwear options available it can be hard to narrow down the right style to update your wardrobe this fall. While all three of these styles can complete a look, it is important to know which is the best strategic option to add value to your style. That’s where Brandie Price, Image Consultant comes in. She’s taken the guesswork out of your shopping experience by compiling proportion information and a few tricks I’ve learned over the years.
The Classic Riding Boot: This style has been completing outfits for decades. The Classic Riding Boot has a shaft that hits at mid-calf to just below the knee and has a way of leveling up any outfit that she is placed with. The Classic Riding Boot works best worn over skinny jeans or with the book ended extremes of skirt length. Mini dresses and Maxi dresses both love a good classic boot and this will keep your proportions in an ideal perspective. If you have pair of jeans that you would like to wear with a Classic Riding Boot but are having issues with stuffing all that denim into the boot, consider drawing upon your 1988 tight rolling expertise, that will normally do the trick. If you have athletic calves like I do, look for brands that carry what is called an extended calf, this has nothing to do with the boot shaft height, but the boot shaft circumference. Extended varieties usually allow for a quarter inch or more of breathable room.
The Ankle Bootie: The Ankle Bootie a shorter version of your well loved boots. These are a jack of all trades and a master of many outfits and can be easily worn with pants from flares to skinny jeans. These are definitely a must have for ladies who wear mostly denim. They also look great with dresses with a mid to maxi length, but are a little off proportioned with a mini skirt styling. This style will elongate your leg too much making your torso look shortened with a mini skirt.
The Low Cut Ankle Bootie: The low cut ankle boot is usually accompanied by a stiletto, or kitten heel. This style work best with a skinny leg or boot cut jean, and has a way of proportionately elongating the leg when worn with dresses that hem around the knee or midi length. This is a great way for a lady of shorter stature to appear longer in the leg, which might help her feel more comfortable in a mid length skirt.
All of the styles shown today are available at J.Crew and on sale right now. Starting at just $48, these styles will go fast!
Brandie Price is an Award-Winning Celebrity Makeup Artist and On-Camera Image Consultant for Television and Film.