The dos and don’ts of boots
DO try the equestrian look
It’s both cozy and cool to pair your favorite riding boots with a tailored blazer and slim-cut jeans.
DON’T overdo it
If you’re going to go for the gold (boots), you should keep the rest of your, um, ensemble simple.
DON’T be a rubber maid
Yes, we know that rainy weather is sometimes fun for your puddle-stomping inner six-year old, but that’s no excuse to wear childish cartoony rain boots. As an alternative, try the equestrian look from slide 1. It’s just as chic (and waterproof!) in the rain as in the sunshine.
DO remember the classics
A classic rain boot is just as important as a classic trench: Both are timeless pieces you will wear proudly—and stylishly—for the rest of your life.
DON’T double up
Yellow boots and a yellow slicker? Not unless your style icon is a rubber ducky. Plaid boots and a plaid sweater? Um, no. Fur-trim boots and a fur-trim parka? No way, Jose, and the same goes for any other matchy-matchy look.
DO shift into neutrals
When shopping for a new pair of boots, look for a pair you can wear with everything you own. Choose a neutral color to get the most mileage out of ‘em.
DO watch your hemlines
Don’t wear a dress or skirt that hides just the top of your knee-high boots—unless, of course, you are trying to achieve that boots-as-pants look. (Which, last time we checked, wasn’t a good look.)
DON’T be afraid of the mid-calf boot
While the trendy calf-hugging boots can seem scary, if you pair them with a sleek and simple skirt or coat that hits at the knee, they can actually have a sveltering effect.
DO know that a little color goes a long way
Bright red boots like these spice up a simple outfit in mere seconds.
DON’T let your boots dictate your whole look
Lady, don’t get us wrong: We love your pink boots—we just kinda wish you hadn’t worn pink everything.