3 Genius Ways to Style Your Booties
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3 Genius Ways to Style Your Booties

Call it what you want. Whether you refer to it as a bootie or an ankle boot, you can trust that the inimitable shoe with undeniable staying power is one of the most versatile pieces you will ever own. Consider it the alternative to the delicate ballet flat or the sporty canvas sneaker. It’s the fill-in when you realize you want to look a little more pulled together and give your ensembles an edgier finishing touch. 

How to make them work for you? Take your cue from these creative suggestions.

1. Go for Denim

akira City Girl Chunky Heeled Ankle Booties

akira City Girl Chunky Heeled Ankle Booties

$15.00

Styled the right way, booties have the potential to establish a lean silhouette and truly flatter your figure. Sure, some theorize that the low-profile shoe may make petites appear even smaller in stature. Wearing a pair with a sleek, high heel and skinny jeans or leggings promotes a taller appearance. 

If you’re already tall, grab a pair of hyper-neutral ankle boots in a shade like tan or beige and slip them on with cuffed jeans and a slouchy, tucked-in camp shirt. It’s the ultimate earthy-girl-gone-glam look.

2. Slip Into a Dress

Few outfits are as safe and fuss-free as a pretty dress and a pair of booties. The beauty of this look is that the possibilities are absolutely endless. If you’re rocking a pair of tan suede ankle boots, for example, then you’re good to go in a floaty, casual shift dress and a couple of statement necklaces

Love your pointy-toed black booties? Pair them with a white dress for a show-stopping look that creates just the right balance of edgy and sweet. You could even wear a vibrant dress and match them to a pair of jewel-toned boots.

Herzensangelegenheit Ohm Printed Silk Tunic

Herzensangelegenheit Ohm Printed Silk Tunic

$319.00
Rosetta Getty Embroidered Satin Shift Dress -40%

Rosetta Getty Embroidered Satin Shift Dress

$1485 $891.00
Oscar de la Renta scarf detail shift dress - Green -40%

Oscar de la Renta scarf detail shift dress - Green

$2190 $1,314.00
Diane von Furstenberg Tie-Front Tunic with Linen -40%

Diane von Furstenberg Tie-Front Tunic with Linen

$398 $238.00
Carven Printed Silk Tunic Dress -40%

Carven Printed Silk Tunic Dress

$1109 $665.00
Alberta Ferretti oversized roll neck maxi dress - Black -50%

Alberta Ferretti oversized roll neck maxi dress - Black

$5495 $2,748.00
Self-Portrait Crochet Tunic Dress -40%

Self-Portrait Crochet Tunic Dress

$369 $221.00
SheIn V Back Tartan Plaid Swing Dress

SheIn V Back Tartan Plaid Swing Dress

$24.00
BB Dakota Women's Jazlyn Crepe Shift Dress

BB Dakota Women's Jazlyn Crepe Shift Dress

$88.00
Y's shift dress - Black -30%

Y's shift dress - Black

$954 $668.00
Comme Des Garçons Pre-Owned padded shoulder shift dress - Black

Comme Des Garçons Pre-Owned padded shoulder shift dress - Black

$356.00
Victoria Beckham side drape tunic - Black -30%

Victoria Beckham side drape tunic - Black

$1454 $1,018.00
Emilio Pucci Pre-Owned sleeveless shift dress - Black

Emilio Pucci Pre-Owned sleeveless shift dress - Black

$415.00
P.A.R.O.S.H. draped detail sweater shift - Purple -20%

P.A.R.O.S.H. draped detail sweater shift - Purple

$377 $302.00
Proenza Schouler sheer panel long shift dress - Black -70%

Proenza Schouler sheer panel long shift dress - Black

$3250 $975.00
Stella McCartney lace insert shift dress - Yellow -50%

Stella McCartney lace insert shift dress - Yellow

$3265 $1,633.00
Mugler v-neck shift dress - Blue -50%

Mugler v-neck shift dress - Blue

$1400 $700.00
Dolce & Gabbana tailored shift mini dress - Pink -50%

Dolce & Gabbana tailored shift mini dress - Pink

$1399 $700.00

3. Try Some Shorts

Warm weather permits you to finally shove your winter coat in the closet and lose the fuzzy sweaters. While booties do feel decidedly cool weather-friendly, they’re mercifully versatile enough to wear year round. That alone is reason enough to add a pair—or two or three—to your spring wardrobe. The proof? Booties look amazing with denim cutoffs, as Aimee Song and Kendall Jenner have shown us time and again. 

Opt for an open-toe style so you can show off the pedi and let your feet breathe when temperatures rise. Another option? Try some flat booties with a grandpa cardi, a pair of relaxed shorts, and an airy white tee for a high-fashion take on off-duty style.

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