Before a (Rain)fall in Boots and Bare Legs
Occasion: Client Shopping
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Outdoor Temps: 70°F
Activity Level: Moderate
Wearing: Vince dress (flea market), Mackage jacket (Ebay), Zinda boots (Yoox), turnlock crossbody (flea market)
Yeesh, we sure went zero-to-winter instantly here in Los Angeles! It's been cold and rainy here for a few days but, before the rainfall, I got to get in one glorious day wearing my boots with bare legs.
If you're wondering how to wear tall boots with bare legs, I always follow these steps to ensure a balanced and flattering outfit:
- Make sure there is a gap (at least 2 inches) between the boots and the dress (or else battling hemlines will make your legs look bulky and wide).
- If you're wearing over the knee boots with a longer skirt (as opposed to a mini), make sure the boot comes up a good few inches above the hemline of the dress.
- Avoid tall boots that end at the very widest part of your calf. A boot that hits above or below will be more slimming on your legs.
- Make sure the shaft of a tall boot fits your leg without any significant gap at the top (you should only be able to squeeze about 1 finger in the top for comfort). A gaping boot makes you look like you stepped in a bucket and creates a clunky look that is bad for dresses. Lace-up boots often allow you to adjust the fit and enable you to wear the same boots with either bare legs or tucked-in jeans/leggings.
- Look for boots with proper ankle fit. They should be loose enough to allow you to walk comfortably, but there should not be any obvious bagging and sagging.
I hope you all had an awesome Thanksgiving! Now it's onward to Christmas and New Year's!