5 Fresh Ways to Wear a Lace-Up Ankle Boot

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.  

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    PHOTO: Luke Wooden

    Give predictable outfits the boot with these fresh looks. There’s not a Doc Marten in the bunch.


     
    Shoot Credits:
    Photographer: Luke Wooden
    Sittings Editor: Nicky Deam
    Hair and Makeup: Michelle Mungcal at Atelier Management
    Model: Nina at Photogenics
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    PHOTO: Luke Wooden

    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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    PHOTO: Luke Wooden

    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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    Combat Zone

    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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    PHOTO: Luke Wooden

    Open Wide

    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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    PHOTO: Luke Wooden

    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.

     

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Zara Masculine Double Breasted Coat

Zara Masculine Double Breasted Coat

Zara, $189
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Levi’s Made & Crafted Denim Shirt

Levi’s Made & Crafted Denim Shirt

Levi’s Made & Crafted, $149
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Tory Burch Kennedy Skirt

Tory Burch Kennedy Skirt

Tory Burch, $425
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Diesel Bigiorgi Belt

Diesel Bigiorgi Belt

Diesel, $78
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Hue Opaque Control Top Tights

Hue Opaque Control Top Tights

Hue, $14
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Sarah Chloe Lana Petite Signet Ring

Sarah Chloe Lana Petite Signet Ring

Sarah Chloe, $498
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Derek Lam Maxine Lace-Up Boots

Derek Lam Maxine Lace-Up Boots

Derek Lam, $875
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Schott NYC Bomber Jacket

Schott NYC Bomber Jacket

Topshop, $300
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Tucker Tie Neck Silk Dress

Tucker Tie Neck Silk Dress

Tucker, $352
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Love Quotes Italian Linen Scarf

Love Quotes Italian Linen Scarf

Love Quotes, $88
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Trade Salome Bracelet

Trade Salome Bracelet

Trade, $46
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American Apparel Solid Knee-High Socks

American Apparel Solid Knee-High Socks

American Apparel, $10
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Report Signature Allon Booties

Report Signature Allon Booties

Report Signature, $120
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J Brand Taylor Jacket

J Brand Taylor Jacket

J Brand, $450
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Paul & Joe Lace Detail Blouse

Paul & Joe Lace Detail Blouse

Paul & Joe, $486
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Theyskens’ Theory Pedry Footh Slouchy Pants

Theyskens’ Theory Pedry Footh Slouchy Pants

Theyskens’ Theory, $395
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Gerard Yosca Pebble Bracelet

Gerard Yosca Pebble Bracelet

Gerard Yosca, $110
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Hue Cotton Tissue Socks

Hue Cotton Tissue Socks

Hue, $7
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French Connection Shasha High Heel Lace Up Booties

French Connection Shasha High Heel Lace Up Booties

French Connection, $160
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Sandro Voltige Crackled Leather Jacket

Sandro Voltige Crackled Leather Jacket

Sandro, $1385
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Sandro Surprise Mohair Sweater

Sandro Surprise Mohair Sweater

Sandro, $305
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Madewell New York New York Tee Shirt

Madewell New York New York Tee Shirt

Madewell, $42
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Moto Ripped High-Waisted Jeans

Moto Ripped High-Waisted Jeans

Topshop, $68
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Hue Socks in Mini Stripe

Hue Socks in Mini Stripe

Hue, $16
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Modern Vice Benni Suede Boots

Modern Vice Benni Suede Boots

Modern Vice, $225
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Veda Genuine Calf Hair and Leather Vest

Veda Genuine Calf Hair and Leather Vest

Veda, $880
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Topshop Knitted Fluffy Sleeveless Top

Topshop Knitted Fluffy Sleeveless Top

Topshop, $100
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Joe’s Rolled Tux Tee Shirt

Joe’s Rolled Tux Tee Shirt

Joe’s Jeans, $88
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All Saints Embers Ashby Jeans (

All Saints Embers Ashby Jeans (

All Saints, $150
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Rebecca Minkoff Wallet on a Chain

Rebecca Minkoff Wallet on a Chain

Rebecca Minkoff, $225
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The 2 Bandits The Rigby Bangle Set of 3

The 2 Bandits The Rigby Bangle Set of 3

The 2 Bandits, $98
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The 2 Bandits Double Stick Ring

The 2 Bandits Double Stick Ring

The 2 Bandits, $78
SHOP
American Apparel Solid Knee-High Socks

American Apparel Solid Knee-High Socks

American Apparel, $10
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