Aside from a new winter coat, there is little that gets us as excited as new boots. The thing is, though, as much as we love boots, they can often result in some tricky decisions. By the time you've made up your mind whether you're going to opt for knee-high boots, chunky Chelsea boots or this season's key style, cowboy boots, their versatility means we then have to rack our brains for what to pair them with. When these moments hit and I find I have too many boot outfits to choose from, I always head back to basics.
Be it a pair of comfy leggings elevated with a pair of glossy knee-highs or your favourite straight-leg jeans that sit just over your new pair of ankle boots, classic items are sure to take all the stress out of getting dressed. To make things ever easier for you, I've compiled six boots-and-basics outfits that just work so well. The best part? With these easy outfits needing minimal effort, you can hit snooze one more time on these chilly autumn mornings. Ten more minutes in bed and a stylish look? We're sold.
1. Straight-Leg Jeans + Heeled Ankle Boots
Style Notes: Queen of wardrobe staples, Aïda is of course one to follow for effortless styling tips. Here, she gives a lesson in wearing your straight-leg jeans with heeled ankle boots. As with Aïda's look above, your jeans hem should fall slightly over the top of your boots so not to flash any ankle, and I often opt for slightly taller ankle boots to help with this. Add cosy separates for a polished yet weather-appropriate look.
2. Leather Shorts + Over-the-Knee Boots
Style Notes: Who What Wear contributor Jessica Skye always manages to make basics look trend-led. Combining simple leather shorts with more weather-appropriate, suede over-the-knee boots is an easy way to make shorts work for throughout the chillier seasons and beyond.
3. Leggings + Heeled Tall Boots
Style Notes: The epitome of comfort can be delivered by a great-quality pair of leggings. For an easy yet elevated look, add a sleek heeled knee-high boot over the top, just like Marilyn did. And make sure you keep the vibe polished rather than sofa-ready by wearing with a more premium jacket and accessories.
4. Black Jeans + Chunky Ankle Boots
Style Notes: A classic autumn/winter outfit combo that'll never fail is a trench coat with black denim and chunky boots. Francesca looks so cool in her pair from The Row, and I love how she's added a cap for extra preppy points.
5. Midi Skirt + Cowboy Boots
Style Notes: Let's just start by saying there's no better autumn/winter combo than a midi (skirt or dress) with knee-high boots. The fail-safe pairing never fails to look put together, and Renia shows how to make it feel fresh with a graphic knit and white cowboy boots.
6. Knit Dress + Chunky Boots
Style Notes: The knit dress has secured its place in most capsule wardrobes by now. With iterations that can be adapted to each season, for autumn, it's all about cosy, slouchy styles. The fact is, they look great with any boot going, but Isabel makes a case for the thick-tread stomper boot we most likely all own from last year.