Now that autumn has well and truly begun, it’s time to pack away your summer sandals and start investing in your winter footwear. Boots are a staple item come September, and a few decent pairs should last you until the end of the season. Once winter hits though, it’s typical to become slightly more uniform in your look; to forego your dainty dresses and fierce AF jumpsuits for something a little subdued. If this is your jeans-and-a-jumper-every-day season, then it’s time to mix things up. Sure, we love denim and knitwear as much as the next person, but there’s still a place for dressing up despite the cold – we’ll prove it.
The ‘Goes with Anything’ Ankle Boot
When it comes to everyday wear, you can’t go wrong with a low-heeled ankle boot. Choose a neutral colour (black or tan is your best bet), so that you can throw them on with almost anything. Daily denim? Check. Day dresses? Check.
Cosy up in an easy to wear jumper dress. Look out for something that you can layer for autumn; a simple crew neckline is ideal for wearing over a roll-neck top.
The Platform-Heeled Boot
Just because the weather’s cooled down, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t venture out at the weekends. Whether you’ve got a date night planned or you’re heading for cocktails with the girls, don’t let the British winter limit you; stand tall in a statement pair of platform-heeled boots that’ll stop your toes from getting frostbite. Yes, even in a pair of 5-inch heels, practicality still comes into play!
Do modern disco dressing just in time for party season by pairing your platforms with a glitzy jumpsuit. Whether you go for head-to-toe sparkle or a subtle smattering of sequins, a wide-leg silhouette or culotte bottoms will prevent your 70s-inspired outfit from looking outdated.
The Statement Shoe Boot
Shoe boots are the perfect day to night shoe. Depending on how you wear them, they can be low-key and conservative or stylishly high-impact. So, whether it’s cocktail hour or the first hour of work on a Monday morning, a statement shoe boot will see you through this season with ease.
If you’re looking for real versatility, a midi dress will work wonders. Choose something that’s fairly understated and keep the silhouette simple (so that you can wear it in the office). Go for a muted colour and keep your prints subtle too; make a statement south of the ankles instead (with a killer pair of shoe boots).
The Fringed Suede Boot
Suede boots are a firm (and annual) favourite. Ever since Kate Moss stepped out in her Minnetonka moccasin boots for the very first time a decade or so ago, the fringed suede boot has become synonymous with carefree bohemian fashion. Stick to classic hues like tan or black; there’s enough going on here without adding garish colours into the mix.
Embrace the haute hippie trend in its entirety by pairing your bohemian boots with a pretty smock blouse and some off-duty denim à la Kate. On milder days, swap out your jeans for a pair of denim cut-offs; wear with opaque tights and layer up with knits and a jacket to stay warm.
The Buckle Boots
Buckle boots are ideal if you’re looking for something that’s both eclectic and versatile. Choose a flat-heeled pair so that you can wear them on a normal day, but bear in mind that you can easily dress these up too; they’re perfect for toughening up smart-casual mini dresses if you’re in for a low-key night out.
Go from flower child to Victoriana by pairing an embroidered dress with your buckle boots. After all, a pointed toe and two-tone patent finish just begs to be worn with moody florals and black lace accents.