It’s bootie season and I couldn’t be happier. Ankle boots are some of our comfiest footwear options for cooler weather. They’re stable around your ankle which provides more support than a shoe and will keep your feet warmer and dryer during nasty weather. There are plenty of flat and low heeled versions with flexible soles so there’s no need to sacrifice comfort for style with booties.
I’ve shared how long your pants should be here. Today I’m sharing five ways to wear booties over 50 and the right pant length for each.
Ankle boots with a higher shaft (higher on your ankle) are great for tucking your leggings into. It gives a long lean line when the boot and leggings closely match in tone or color. For extra staying power, you can tuck the bottom of the legging into a pair of short socks first. This look is great styled with a longer sweater, jacket or tunic which covers the top of the leggings and your backside. If you’re a workout instructor, you may be able to wear leggings with a short jacket, but those days are long gone for me;)
With Skinny Jeans
Tucking skinny jeans into ankle boots isn’t usually effective because they come untucked as you sit and move around. Skinny jeans are also notorious for bunching against the top of ankle boots which makes your legs look shorter. Here are two solutions-
- cuff them up to have 1/2″ of ankle between the boot and your ankle. You can fold over twice to have a narrow cuff or one large fold. Be aware, the wider the cuff, the shorter your legs will look. If you cuff your jeans, wear a shorter top to help elongate the look of your legs.
- You can also simply hem your jeans which I prefer for my short self.
With Straight Jeans
Straight jeans look great worn over the top of the ankle boot. Be sure your jeans are long enough to cover several inches at the top of your ankle boot. This works best with ankle boots that have a narrow opening on top.
With Cropped Jeans
These are a great option to wear with ankle boots because it leaves a little leg showing between the ankle boot and hemline. Just be sure they aren’t so cropped that you have 5 inches of shin showing.
With Bootcut Jeans
This is the easiest of all. Make sure your jeans reach the top of your arch. You can also hem them longer than usual to cover a small heel which elongates the look of your leg.
Booties also look great worn with a skirt or dress. The height of your ankle boot matters here. You want the maximum amount of leg to show so in general, choose a low cut bootie. Another great look is to bridge the gap with tights the same color as the bootie which helps make your legs look longer. Maxi dresses look fabulous with ankle booties. Choose a bootie with a narrow top so the skirt doesn’t get caught on it.
Lower Shaft Booties
The crop of booties this year is extensive so there’s plenty of options to chose from.
Are you a fan of booties?
How do you like to wear yours?
Thanks for reading and be sure to wear what makes you feel confident.