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How to wear: Ankle boots

JULIE ROULSTON
Last updated 05:00 05/05/2013

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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!"

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