Now that the weather is cooling down and fall is just around the corner, it's time for all of us to put away our sandals and break out our very best boots. Personally, boots are my favorite type of shoe, and when it comes to the most versatile style for everyday wear and for transitioning into autumn, I always go for ankle boots. I'm not alone: Fashion stylist Sarah Nearis also loves a good ankle boot, calling it her "personal favorite" and defining the style as one that "covers the whole foot and reaches up to or a little past the ankle."
Nearis also says that ankle boots are one of the easiest types of boots to wear, and that there are endless fashion possibilities to pair them with. "Ankle boots are so versatile depending on the style and design," she says, adding that "there are so many ways to style them."
If you're in need of more outfit inspiration, read on for our stylist-approved tips and tricks to bring your ankle boot ensembles to the next level.
For a polished look, Nearis recommends styling your ankle boots with a high-quality pair of trousers. "I love pairing a pointed toe heel bootie with a great trouser or suit," she says. I, too, love this look, and find that ankle boots' short height lends itself to being worn with a pair of tailored pants.
With a Suit
As Nearis said, ankle boots look fabulous with a pair of trousers or with a suit. After all, if you're committing to this Abbey Road-inspired look, why not go all the way? Nearis recommends a pointed toe boot but also likes opting for a "classic heel" to give you a height boost and add a feminine touch to a potentially androgynous look.
With a Slip Dress
A slip dress is one of the ultimate fall staples, no matter what the season is. Its simplicity allows it to be paired with a number of accessories and shoe styles, including the ankle boot. Nearis says that she loves pairing her Western boots with slip dresses, in particular. Personally, I'm a devotee of the lace-up ankle boot, and love embellishing the slip dress with a flash of yellow gold jewelry.
Many ankle boots are already made of leather, but Nearis says you should consider adding leather elements or accessories to bring out your boots or toughen up an otherwise ultra-feminine outfit. For instance, she says loves throwing a leather jacket over her slip dress when she wears it with boots. You can also pair the boots with leather pants, jewelry, or hair accessories―the possibilities are endless.
Meet the Expert
Sarah Nearis is a fashion stylist and creative director. She is based in Los Angeles and Nashville.