How To Choose A Pair Of Women’s BootsOur guide to choosing the right pair of women's boots will see you through any occasion. Read the full guide online at Harvey Nichols today.
If you’re trying to perfect your capsule wardrobe, a great pair of boots will see you through just about any occasion. Ideal for transitioning from season to season and versatile enough to take outfits from the day to the night, finding the right pair is easy with guidance. We’ll take you through the most popular styles of women’s boots and how to make them work for you.
When it comes to ankle boots, you can’t go wrong with the right pair of Chelsea boots. Tan leather styles remain a foolproof choice, but the classic Chelsea boot has had a chunky update – and we’re here for it. We love the Bottega green platform sole and pastel shades from Bettina x Emili Sindlev. Why not play around with a colourway that complements your wardrobe or, alternatively, contrasts your monochrome palette?
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HOW TO STYLE CHELSEA BOOTS
The beauty of a great pair of Chelsea boots is that they can be styled with virtually any outfit. If you want to show off your footwear, why not tuck your trousers inside of the boots? This looks particularly stylish with loose-fitting trousers, as the tucked-in look creates a unique silhouette. When styling alongside denim jeans, consider a heeled pair of Chelsea boots and a minimalist blouse to achieve an effortlessly chic ensemble.
This season there is a knee-high boot for everyone – from classic riding boots to chunky soles and stiletto heels for heading back to the office. Combining these longer-length boots with your wardrobe favourites is guaranteed to keep you looking fresh and put together with minimal effort required. If you’re a fan of flat boots but want something with a twist, chunky tread-sole boots in a range of pleasing hues from Gia Borghini are for you. Want to take your look to the next level? A black leather pair of heeled knee-high boots from Paris Texas will have you looking like an off-duty model in no time.
HOW TO STYLE KNEE-HIGH BOOTS
An easy way to style knee-high boots is to dress accordingly with the season that you’re currently in. During the spring, these boots look great with bare legs and a mini skirt in a light, playful fabric. Opt for nudes and beiges to keep things bright and easy to mix-and-match. When the temperature drops, knee-high boots are still your best friend. Team a leather pair with your favourite skinny jeans, a classic white shirt, and a chunky-knit jumper for a casual look to take you through the transitioning weather.
Sometimes your outfit needs something to give it more of an edge. Enter, biker boots. This highly favoured style has been a wardrobe staple amongst fashion-conscious dressers for years. Now, tonal studs and crystal buckles give us a luxe update to the classic combat boot. Designs from Valentino sit just above the ankle, giving you the freedom to play around with different cuts and silhouettes on your bottom half. Want to gain a few extra inches? Dr Martens' iconic Jadon boots have achieved cult status in recent years thanks to their chunky, grunge-inspired look.
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HOW TO STYLE BIKER BOOTS
We don’t want to state the obvious, but biker boots and leather are a match made in heaven. For the sustainable dressers out there, why not opt for vegan leather leggings or trousers? If you’re a die-hard dress fanatic, combat boots can still work for you. Finish off your maxi dress with statement jewellery – think chunky bracelets and rings – and a pair of even chunkier boots.
Not to be mistaken for wellington boots, rubber boots are the new must-have style on the scene. Marrying both practicality and fashion in one aesthetically pleasing bundle, it’s time to give your wellies a high-fashion upgrade with the trend of the season. If you’re a fan of statement hues, look to designs from Bottega Veneta and Ganni. Both fashion houses feature low-cut waterproof boots, perfect for pairing with denim or leggings during the colder months.
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HOW TO STYLE RUBBER BOOTS
If you’ve chosen a knee-high pair of rubber boots, be bold and team with bare legs while the weather is still good. Don’t forget to accessorise with statement sunglasses and a clutch to match. When winter strikes, rubber boots will see you through the elements by keeping you warm and dry. For a look that is both cosy and catwalk-ready, pair your boots with an oversized wool coat, leather trousers and a roll-neck jumper.
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