Booties for All

I’ve always been anti-ankle boot. Throughout my teens and early 20′s I found the style tended to truncate the leg, making women look shorter and thicker– who wants that? But it’s always been one of those things I wanted to like, so I’m thrilled that with this year’s moto boot, it’s happening. Bonus: these short boots inherently use less leather than high styles, so they often cost much less than standard boots of the same brand.

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Hers are from Giorgio Armani. Photo from lookbook.nu

In desperate need of black boots, I hightailed it to Bloomie’s on Monday and was sad to discover that the only pair of high boots I liked were over a thousand dollars. Oops. However, tons of shorter styles were everywhere, so I decided to try them.

In my quest, I discovered that I personally do not like anything with too much hardware, or a label. That ruled out Tory Burch, Marc by Marc, and a few others. But I did find a pair from Kelsi Dagger for a reasonable $200 that I loved. When I slipped them on, I noticed the looser style actually made my legs look thinner–not quite swimming in there but plenty of room and easy to tuck jeans into. With leggings? Perfection.

Sadly, my favorite pair were too large and there were none left a size down, but I promptly found a similar style on the website and had them overnighted. Can’t wait to try them on! Here are some styles you might want to try:

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Suede with fringe brings a fun, cowgirl-esque appeal. Sam Edelman “Louie” booties, $160, bloomingdales.com

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Rough-and-ready with buckles and a solid construction. Frye “Valerie” sheepskin moto boots with shearling lining, $428, shopbop.com

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A hidden wedge adds subtle height. Nine West “Metalina” booties, $109, piperlime.com

Springspiration…

The weather has been allergy- (and frustration-) inducing. It’s warm one day and cool the next; if you wear pants and a light jacket you’re sweating in the sun but if you opt for bare legs and a cardigan, you’re a shivering mess. So, how to make the transition work so you can stay warm-ish and still look springy? Here are some ideas:

Dark tights and a floral dress:

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A floral dress (especially one with a black background) looks great for spring when paired with black, navy, or dark gray tights. Add cute little lace-ups like these and a small mix-hued bag to keep the look cool and understated.

Break out your neon jeans… warmly.

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Shorts and tights and silk, oh my!

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The shorts-and-tights look is totally working for me. Make sure you're covered head to toe with a long-sleeved blouse and cool booties, and you won't feel cold at all in a cute little outfit like this.