Booties. A love story.

While out at dinner the other night, a lovely new friend asked me about booties. She had some valid concerns regarding how to wear them, and if they’re flattering in general. I absolutely love booties (also referred to as ankle boots), and want to spread that love around! So I was more than happy to discuss. Booties, both flat and heeled, can serve as total outfit game-changers in the best way possible. It all depends on how you rock ’em.

A few of her questions below:

Bootie concern #1: Won’t they make my legs look shorter?

Answer: Not necessarily! If you don’t have the longest legs on the block, then try pairing a heeled bootie with tights of the same color.

This will create a monochromatic look that elongates. Plus, the bootie will give your ensemble more edge than a simple pump would. Playing with different textures works too… for example, grey heathered or cable knit tights with soft suede booties. Since the colors are the same, the mix of textures will add depth to your look.

Bootie concern #2: Are flat booties ‘in’? If so, how do I wear them?

Answer: Yes, yes, and yes. Flat booties are most definitely in and here to stay.

If you’re a skinny jeans fan (which my new friend was) then pull on a pair of booties wtih your skinny jeans and either leave the hems long and bunched at the bottom, or roll them up to just above the top of the shoe. If you’re looking for a bit of height, there are tons of flat-esque booties out there with a very low heel–either kitten or thick. I just found this amazing pair at Aldo. The color goes perfectly with all of my fall neutrals.

Style note: If you want to flaunt a bold colored pair, then keep the rest of your ensemble in a more muted color family. That way, the booties won’t compete with anything else that you’re wearing. 

Have a sartorial concern? If you don’t catch me at dinner, then just hit up Facebook or Twitter! I’m always there.

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