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.”
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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.
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‘Three Fangs’ by Skechers, $179.90: These have serious attitude and would work with Strangelove's pieces.
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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.

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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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