From some of Rihanna’s and Kim Kardashian West’s most iconic outfits to cementing London’s best dressed It-girl scene, super-stylist and creative director Avigail Collins is known in fashion circles for being the go-to when you’re a celebrity looking to craft an exciting new look. She’s the mastermind behind ingenious ensembles for Lorde and is the force behind some of Daisy Lowe's sassiest getups, but Avigail’s wardrobing skills extend even further: See her own streetwear-inspired line, Silver Spoon Attire, for starters. Founded in 2013, alongside her husband (and fellow sought-after stylist) Damian Collins, her high-profile music clients—and a global street style following—make up a pretty impressive fan club. If anyone can spot the next big thing, it’s Avigail, which is why we’re thrilled to have her on board at Who What Wear UK to bring you a monthly column about what's hot now.
Lucy Williams wearing Proenza Schouler Suede Boots ($990)
This month, I'm sharing my footwear knowledge with you, specifically the most reliable shoe brands for cool-looking, practical winter boots. It's all about classic pairs that you can pull out each and every year, without fail, and still feel comfortable and stylish in. Once upon a time, such clever, flat, versatile boots didn't really exist within fashion circles but these days there are top-quality footwear purveyors who really specialize in them. I'd say this is one part of your winter capsule wardrobe that deserves a little extra money. A well-made pair of winter boots will last a long time, and now that you can wear them as a trend-driven item, you'll get even more opportunities to style them out differently—hiking boots with a '90s slip dress works just as well as chunky-soled ankle boots worn with your favorite jeans.
Shop from my edit of the best winter boot brands below…
Yes, I do have a thing for chunky lace-up boots! I can't help it; I love them. They just look good with everything, whether a simple denim look, a tracksuit, or a vintage floral dress. At least that's what I keep telling myself so I can justify the cost of these flat Prada logo boots (below). They're one a hell of an investment, but this is a brand that's known for its chunky-soled shoes and for crafting them to the highest quality… so I guess I could wait/risk for them to go on sale?
Like I said, I tend to buy higher-heel and trend-driven options from the high street, so this is where Zara really steps in to provide. I will definitely be purchasing these python-print boots (below) as they are the perfect nod to the cowboy boot trend that's happening right now, without being OTT. Also, they have the potential to be a great day-to-night option. So, I will be wearing mine with hoodies, cropped jeans, and oversize tailored coats, but they would also look great with a miniskirt and sheer black tights.