Street Style: Ankle Boots
In need of an instant style update this dreary January? Enter the not-so-humble, but ever-classic, ankle boot. An inherently flattering and attractive shoe, this is a shape that can work with every fashion scenario you might throw at it. Smart, sassy and with plenty of style – read on to discover how to work this fashion favourite. Create long, lean lines The shorter cropped height of an ankle boot can sometimes look clumpy and curt leading to that dreaded ‘cankle’ shape – certainly not a look that anyone ever wants. But simply tucking in your favourite skinny jeans or a classic pair of leggings into your boots at the top will create an instantly elongating line, giving you enviably gorgeous long, long legs. Add a smart heel How high will you go? A well-turned heel on a smart ankle boot ups the style quotient, making them an ideal alternative choice for work. Combine them with an elegantly cut short skirt or dress and opaque tights, for a fantastic uplift on a winter-ready look. For added flair, choose an ankle boot with just a hint of colour. A bright block heel or the subtlest of details will stand out spectacularly against an otherwise sombre look. Flat out Conversely, for a touch of tomboyish flair, stay close to the ground with flat booties. There’s something sharp and tough about a pair of flat ankle boots, perfect for finishing off a man repellent look with a touch of polish. Transform a slim suit by cropping the trousers to reveal a flash of ankle. Or go for contrast with close cropped denim shorts, an oversized jumper and a toughened pair of moto boots in matt black leather. Bohemian magic Bring a delightfully whimsical turn to your outfit by contrasting well-loved ankle boots with an ethereal floral maxi dress. The floatier, the better! Bring it back down to earth with a heart-warming chunky knit, a deliciously oversized scarf, a snug jacket and an all-important peek of woolly sock just above the edge of the boot. Even if you are in the heart of a concrete jungle you will feel grounded with a practical, country style. How will you style your favourite ankle boots? Share your ideas with us – we’d love to hear them!