By Hayley Elisabeth Kaufman
Life breaks down in mysterious ways. There are skirt people and pants people, those who prefer cats to dogs, and there’s always those of us who live in four-inch heels and others who loathe teetering in platforms and opt for the practical yet chic flat. The same goes for the au currant boot trends, where personal height preference and personal style play a major factor. To wear and oh-so rock n’ roll ankle boot, or a daring over-the-knee pair might be this season’s most pondered shoe question, but being a lover or both trends I can make the case for having both in rotation this season.
When I think of the inherent toughness I associate with the ankle boot, downtown trendsetters, and lady-rocker Alison Mosshart’s fashionable androgyny come to mind. Popular footwear with the tomboy-chic set, when paired with the slimmest painted-on denim, a plain drapey Alexander Wang T-shirt and a perfectly boxy blazer, the ankle boot punks up basics and perks up recycled staples from seasons past.
The over-the-knee boot - a favorite here at StyledOn - is a much spicier trend. These seemingly mile-high boots conjure images of ’70s rock star girlfriends, and vampy vixens, while its slightly more risqué thigh-high cousin brings to mind a certain Pretty Woman. This doesn’t mean that over-the-knee boots must be donned with a barely-there body-con number. Oh contraire! Try these babies with tucked-in skinnies, a voluminous sweater and an arm full of bangles for a polished retro jet-setter look.
With the two dominant footwear trends for Fall we are given the rare opportunity to play dress up using our closet. One night you can be a ’60s ingénue-type in thigh-grazing Joie suede boots and the next night channel your inner tough girl with a cropped leather jacket and a pair of Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony wedge booties.
Think about it ladies, this season possibilities are endless!
Above image from AnOther magazine issue 17, which we love and you should get.