This season's street style abounds with lace-up ankle boots, but volume doesn’t always mean variety. Weary of encountering one of fall’s It shoes within the same old skinny jeans/boyfriend sweater context, we put our heads together and devised a fashion-forward batch of ideas purely for your styling pleasure. No strings attached.
5 Fresh Ways to Wear a Lace-Up Ankle Boot
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Give predictable outfits the boot with these fresh looks. There’s not a Doc Marten in the bunch.
Photographer: Luke WoodenSittings Editor: Nicky DeamHair and Makeup: Michelle Mungcal at Atelier ManagementModel: Nina at Photogenics
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Hue's on First
We say flat red boots, you think: Ronald McDonald. Think again. Worn with boyfriend jeans, slouchy socks, and a structured moto jacket, these Modern Vice Benni Suede Boots ($225) in Pumkin are the epitome of chic. The secret ingredient, of course, is the animal print sweater, which echoes the shoes’ color in a more muted shade.
Also on the model: Sandro Voltige Crackled Leather Jacket ($1385) in Black; Sandro Sauvage Sweater ($375, available in October) in Red (similar style: Surprise Mohair Sweater, $305); Madewell New York New York Tee Shirt ($42) in Grey; Moto Ripped High-Waisted Jeans ($68) in Mid-Stone; Hue Mini Stripe Socks ($16) in Ivory.
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Skirt the Issue
Polish up your 9-to-5 rotation with a wine-hued pencil skirt and patent leather booties like these Derek Lam Maxine Boots ($875). The shoes’ wedge heel and pointed toe effect the same sophistication as a stiletto, while the black tights maintain an understated, straight line from the skirt’s hem to the boot’s sole.
On the model: Zara Masculine Double-Breasted Coat ($189) in Grey; Levi’s Made & Crafted Denim Shirt ($149) ; Tory Burch Valentina Skirt ($325) in Dark Plum; Diesel Biceslete Belt (similar style: Diesel Bigiorgi Belt ($78) in Cinnamon Brown); Hue Opaque Control Top Tights ($14) in Black; Sarah Chloe Lana Petite Signet Ring ($498) in Gold.
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The combat boot’s more stylish sister, this pair of Report Signature Allon Booties ($120) ups the sophistication factor with a chunky heel and sleek patent finish. To soften up the shoes’ inherent hard-edge, opt for a flowy maxi dress and pale pink palette.
Also on the model: Schott NYC Bomber Jacket ($300) in Navy; Tucker by Gaby Basora Asymmetric Dolman Dress in LuLu’s Fish Pond ($478, available in store; similar style: Tucker Tie Neck Silk Dress, $352, in Jelly Candy Cactus); Love Quotes Italian Linen Scarf ($88) in Beach; Trade Salome Bracelet ($46) in Gold; American Apparel Solid Knee-High Socks ($10) in Truffle.
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Get creative with shapes and pair high-heeled ankle boots like these French Connection Shasha Booties ($160) with wide leg trousers and a fitted blazer. Resist your impulse to drape the pants over the shoes and instead cuff them above the ankle for a defined and proportionally-harmonious silhouette.
Also on the model: J Brand Taylor Jacket ($450) in Black; Paul & Joe Vascours Button Down Top (available in store; similar style: Paul & Joe Lace Detail Blouse, $486, in White); Theyskens’ Theory Pedry Footh Slouchy Pants ($395) in Black/White; Gerard Yosca Cat’s Eye Flip Top Bracelet ($90) in Golden Rod (similar style: Gerard Yosca Pebble Bracelet, $110, in Charcoal); Hue Cotton Tissue Socks ($7) in Black.
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A Vested Interest
If you do go the skinny jean route, throw a styling curve ball and wear them with combat boots like these Frye Veronica Boots ($258), a loose leather vest, and scrunched socks. Most importantly, only tie the laces halfway and haphazardly roll up your jean hems. It’s a look that says, “I didn’t even try here and I still look fabulous”. (And who are we to say otherwise).
Also on the model: Veda Genuine Calf Hair and Leather Vest ($880) in Black; Sonia Rykiel Angora Tank (similar style: Topshop Knitted Fluffy Sleeveless Top, $100, in Ivory); Joe’s Rolled Tux Tee Shirt ($88) in White; All Saints Embers Ashby Jeans ($150) in Grey; Rebecca Minkoff Wallet with Chain ($195); The 2 Bandits The Rigby Bangle Set of 3 ($98) in Antique Silver; The 2 Bandits Double Stick Ring ($78) in Antique Silver; American Apparel Solid Knee-High Socks ($10) in Black.