I hesitated when booties first hit the scene. They looked so odd and awkward and stumpifying. But then my eye adjusted to the look, and I swung around to the bootie-love camp. I started snapping up pairs left and right, and amassed a nice little collection. And THEN I realized they were still tricky to style.
I still can’t quite do ankle boots and a skirt or dress. I love the look on others, but whenever I try it myself, I feel unfinished. Off. Wrong. But I’ve found a few ways to keep my booties in rotation, and I’d love to hear some more suggestions, too!
Wear them with pants
I know: Obvious. But worth mentioning, since all options are worthy of consideration. Some women tuck skinny pants into their booties and look extremely cool. I look bizarre. I prefer to let my pant hem drape over the bootie top.
Wear them with like-colored legwear
Ankle boots and booties often look odd and mess with your leg-line because of the unexpected contrast: We expect to see shoes that end below the ankle, boots that end at the knee. Other spots along the calf are less traditional, and can monkey with your proportions. Choosing like-colored tights or hose decreases the contrast and makes booties seem like a more natural choice.
Wear them with socks
I adore this sculptural pair of booties, but they are pretty tough to style. I found that adding a pair of black ankle socks makes them seem more casual and softens their line. I’ve also done scrunched socks with booties worn with leggings, and the addition of the visible sock creates a more unified look.
And that’s it. That’s my tiny bootie-wearing arsenal. So, obviously, I’d love to hear a few more ideas! Do you wear this style of footwear? Find it to be challenging? How do YOU style ankle boots and booties?