A boot is a boot is a boot is a boot, right? Wrong! Find out why some boot types can make you look shorter and bulkier than you truly are, while others, which you might have disregarded altogether until now, even stand to make you look long, lean—and, most importantly, stylish.
Ankle boots first came up in women’s fashion mags and style blogs a few seasons back, when the trends turned their attention to footwear inspired by the 1980s. Ever since, we’ve had a wide range of ankle booties gracing shop windows, runways and catalogs. Essentially, there are two distinct types of such boots: those with a wide ankle and those which hug the ankle (and are usually lace-ups). Lean, long-legged girls should be able to pull either of them off, but everybody else should consider themselves forewarned – ankle boots will visually ‘section off’ the leg at the ankle. Unless you’ve got very thin ankles, consider wearing a high-heeled model of such women’s boots, or pair them with leggings or pants that are the same color and hue as the boot, to create an elongating optical illusion.
Mid-Calf Boots & Knee-High Boots
Lots of short women complain they hate the way these boots’ end hits right at the thickest part of their legs. This, can, indeed, be the case, but it’s no longer a problem when you wear such boots with an A-line skirt or dress, whose hem ends right where the boot begins. This is a textbook case of ‘less (skin) is more (appealing)’. The wonderful part about this type of boot is that it comes in an exceptionally wide range, from stiletto heels to cowboy boots, omnipresent UGGs, combat or biker-style boots, etc.. One key point you will need to consider when shopping for such boots is that they absolutely must hug the calf properly, which can be a problem if your body weight falls on the lower side of the scales. Invest in a pair from a good designer, which will not only last longer, but will also wear out and become loose in a longer span of time.
Over-the-Knee and Thigh-High Boots
Women complain that such boots will only make them look cheap and that they’re strictly suited for tall, long-legged women. Nothing could be further from the truth; in fact, these boots will flatter just about any body type, since they cover lots of leg ‘real estate’. By creating a color block, they can actually make the leg look longer, especially if they run tight. Feel free to pair them with a mini skirt or dress, but do avoid wearing them with jeans, leggings, or shorts, in order to also avoid looking like someone who keeps a night job as a pole dancer.
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