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

Accessorizing Made Accessible

Living and working in New York can prove a very interesting study in human behavior, human intelligence (or, sometimes, lack thereof), and most importantly, human accessorizing. Now, everyone has their own style. My snide remark above is not to be taken in any hurtful way. But walking around city streets means taking in a lot of data on fellow humans. Some are brilliant! Charismatic! Charming! Some are, well, duds. Same to be said of their accessorizing, and here’s more on that.

I know a girl who works at a high end jewelry store and has amassed, over her several years there, several pieces of diamond jewelry. In addition to a whopping diamond engagement ring, a stunning diamond wedding band, and several anniversary or otherwise celebratory bands worn on her left ring finger, she always dons chunky gold signet rings, several diamond bracelets, whopping diamond crosses, anchors, and other symbols around her neck. Once I saw her in a long gold chain with several gold charms, worn AT THE SAME TIME as three different platinum and diamond necklaces. Too much, or just enough? On her, it works. And then there are the girls who wear one little necklace every day, and carry one little black cross-body pocketbook every day, and look lovely. So, this is all to say that there are many acceptable rules when it comes to accessorizing, and it’s up to you to decide what works for you.

While it might not be my personal style, I adore how she stacks on tons of gladiator-like sterling silver bangles and rings, does the headband, and the fringed boots. This girl is totally in character, and it totally works on her. Well done!

Forget the snow in the background and focus on the elegant simplicity of this look. Her entire outfit is neutral and sleek in all black. Her hair is pulled back into a bun. She has ONE and only one accessory speaking, and its message is brilliance. This is divine.

She is prim and proper and her accessories let you know it. A ladylike heel, classic Chanel bag and gold cuff and belt exude womanly confidence and New York grace. I love this look.

Bows remain major, and there are a million ways to get it right. I like her pink-on-pink, nearly over-the-top frilliness here, but less girly-girls can pull off a bow by sticking to more neutral colors, or wearing one with jeans and a tee. What matters is how YOU want to wear the bow.