I have to say that autumn is my favourite time of year. I love knitwear, coats, and layering up. The colour palette is also beautiful with rusts, forest greens, burgundies and deep mustards. I think that a lot of people struggle with different elements of dressing for this season though, from what types of boots to wears with jeans or dresses, and how to work all of the different colours together which layering ultimately involves. Also buying the right coat for your shape and height, and the correct material to head for (i.e acrylic versus cashmere etc.).
I am going to write a series of posts on how to dress for Autumn beginning with “How to Dress Boots” with different items of clothing.
This year in particular I have not made the best choices with boots, being drawn into the latest styles, and attempting to find the whole grail of slouchy boots. Here are my thoughts on what to wear, depending on your height and shape.
I am 5ft 3inches, I would say I am quite curvy, with a 34C bust, small waist and big bum. My shape is either a pear or an hourglass figure (due to my broad-ish shoulders). I have slightly longer legs, and a short body; my legs are quite thick, especially my thighs. I do however have small ankles which is something I try to emphasise. Ankle boots are my favourite friend come winter, as they keep my feet warm, but don’t shorten my body. I can also get away with a calf boot, but knee or thighs make my thighs look huge. Any let’s break down each boot at a time.
Ankle Boots – these are a fail safe for everyone. The boot can range from high on the ankle heading into the calf, to just above the ankle bone. It you have slim or long legs, than you get away with a higher cut, similarly if you do not have a defined ankle, a high cut, can give the illusion of a narrower one. Here are some examples of how I have styled my ankle boots, with some key styles:
Calf Boots – one to be aware of, they are again flattering for most sizes and shapes of leg, but what you were with it is important. If you have a slim/long legs wear them with short skirts, or tucked into jeans, or withe dresses of all lengths. For those of you who have more shapely legs like myself, I would suggest wearing them under a three quarter length dress, or under long culottes. If you are going to wear them with something short, make sure that there is at least a 0.5cm space between the boot and your calf on both sides, as this make your leg look slimmer (muffin tops on your leg is not a good look). Here are some examples of how I have styled calf boots:
Knee high or Over the Knee (OTK) boots – its the trickiest of all boots, because it basically cuts your leg in half. If you have larger thighs like myself, I would suggest giving them a miss. If you really do want a pair, I would wear them with a three quarter length or longer dress or trousers, so that the boot goes underneath. I think this especially works with a slouchy style. If you have slim/long legs than a knee high/ over the knee boot than you can probably pull of the footwear with short and long style garments. Here are some examples of how I have styled knee high boots: