How to wear: Ankle boots

17:00, May 04 2013
How to wear ankle boots
Briarwood Monty, $299: Marketing manager and all-around stylish woman Catriona Stewart says, “I love the Briarwood Monty suede boot with a soft, drapey floral skirt for a whimsical, bohemian look.”
How to wear ankle boots
Kate Sylvester styled her soft flowy skirts and dresses with ankle boots at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.
How to wear ankle boots
Kathryn Wilson ‘Vernon’ boot, $369: This has a definite Outback mood.
How to wear ankle boots
Navoi boot, $459: From Danish brand ECCO, this is an ankle-high, tight-fitting bootie.
How to wear ankle boots
Ruby Babysham, $399: A suede boot with a thick, stacked leather heel, a slight platform, suede laces and an alligator-embossed leather toe detail.
How to wear ankle boots
‘Three Fangs’ by Skechers, $179.90: These have serious attitude and would work with Strangelove's pieces.
How to wear ankle boots
Dunedin label Strangelove pairs sports-style boots with its Sugarkane dress, $255 and Factory bomber, $335.
How to wear ankle boots
Ziera Stanford boot, $235: The label's new senior designer Laura Boulton says “The Chelsea (elastic-sided) boot is Winter 2013’s "wear anywhere” boot. Ziera’s ‘Stanford’ is our go-to boot and can be worn with any skirt from mini to maxi.”

Noticed how many glossies and catwalks are showing ankle boots with skirts? 

It's a fabulous, contemporary pairing that looks like it will be sticking around for a while.

Acclaimed local stylist Karen Inderbitzen-Waller accessorised Kate Sylvester's recent Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia show with ankle boots - and that's for next summer. 

"I enjoy pairing dreamy looks with a touch of androgyny, hence the pairing of skirts and boots," she explains. "It is also a look that I favour for myself - I love to pair a classic pencil shape skirt with a pair of boyish boots. The key I think is the actual boot."

Inderbitzen-Waller warns against "a typically frumpy combination" of calf length boots and skirts in "predictable" black.

"I prefer brown and dustier tones of boots that look better as they age. I feel they are easier to pair with skirts, black can be limiting," she says.


For the Kate Sylvester MBFWA collection, fresh summer white, tan and dusty grey boots were chosen. They had a small high heel, lending shape to the leg and adding height.

"Boots cut around the ankle are super flattering and easily paired with skirts of different cuts, says Inderbitzen-Waller.  

"We paired boots with sun-ray pleat skirts and leather pencil skirts; they added a cool nonchalance to the super-dressy dresses and this is the effortless look we were going for." 

Karen Inderbitzen-Waller's recommendations:

- If you have the height, pair a flat ankle boot in a classic 'R.M. Williams'-style cut with skirts

- If you are short, opt for a small heel

- Avoid super chunky boots in black

- Avoid drawing a heavy silhouette below your hem line

- "Break away from predictable calf hugging boots and show some leg!"