Bootylicious: how to pull off any type of boot

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Always a winter staple, boots require some fashion savvy to pull off. Serisha Singh shows you how to work it...
Warm, gorgeous, and sexy boots are both functional and glam – proving that fashion need not always be painful! Unfortunately when it comes to footwear, a good boot can make or break your outfit.

Whether you prefer short boots, medium height, or above-the-knee styles, there is a perfect pair of boots out there for you!
Ankle boots

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Ankle boots and booties were a huge trend in 2010, and it doesn’t show any signs of cooling down. Ankle boots, like their name would suggest, sit at or slightly above ankle-height.

When it comes to boots, always choose your heel height wisely. While high-heeled, embellished ankle booties are the stylish, show-stopping choice of fashionistas, flat ankle boots will be a more practical option. These mink suede-style ankle boots from Foschini (R350) are perfect for dressing up an outfit.
Watch the proportions

Ankle boots are a great option if you’re trying to show off your legs, but look awkward with fuller silhouettes up-top (think a fuller skirt or wide leg pants).Wear your ankle boots with leggings, skinny jeans, short skirts and dresses. Add a cute pair of tights and a mini to your ankle boots for a surefire hit! Avoid wearing ankle boots with hemlines past the knee unless you’re aiming for the frumpy look.
Medium-rise, mid-calf boots

A unique cut that looks great with skirts of all lengths, medium-rise styles accentuate your calf muscles and stand out from the crowd of knee-high boots.

Very sexy, indeed. From casual cowboy styles to dressy heels and slouchy boots, mid-calf boots are always in vogue: a true classic that never goes out of style!
Fit for the occasion

As medium-rise boots come in a plethora of different varieties, it is essential that the occasion be considered when wearing these versatile boots. Slouchy and cowboy styles are more casual, whilst luxurious leather or suede boots, heeled or flat, provide a more formal option.

Skinny jeans tucked into mid-rise boots are a firm fashion favourite. Another option is to wear your boots under your favourite pair of boot-cut jeans: totally chic and effortless.
Fit is essential when it comes to calf-length boots! These boots should fit snugly but comfortably around your leg. If you have athletic or curvy legs, stretchy, slouchy, or zippered styles are a great bet to slim down! Try these brown studded wedge boots from Truworths (R525).
Tall Boots: Knee and Thigh High

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The thigh is the limit with these sexy, fashion-forward boots! This style of boot provides some extra coverage and warmth, so winter is the perfect time to try out a pair. When worn correctly, the boots add a trendy edge to your look, but get the look wrong and you’ll end up looking more tramp than vamp. Always ensure that these boots fit snugly around your leg; if the boot gapes open you may need to have it altered for a more mod look.
Keep it simple

Because higher boots attract attention, it’s best to keep the rest of your outfit simple and allow your boots to really make a statement. Minimal embellishment and detailing help to keep the look cosmopolitan, since the rise alone makes a huge impact. These dark chocolate brown tall boots from Nine West (R2 299) have minimal button detailing to keep it simple.
Although tall boots may appear daunting, they are incredibly easy to pull off and can really add sophistication to an otherwise basic outfit. If you would normally wear classic-rise boots with an outfit, then thigh highs are likely to look equally awesome.

Remember always to add tights or leggings if you’re wearing something short, as higher boots are already super sexy! If you're worried about going too sexy, flat over-the-knee boots (like those sported by Serena in the series Gossip Girl, main picture) are a more understated option.

// Tips to remember

If you remember nothing else: be seasonally consistent when putting an outfit together. Do not wear boots and a skirt with bare legs; tights, nylons, or even fishnet stockings help bridge the (temperature and style) gap between your knees and your hemline.

Don’t buy boots without walking in them for a few minutes to be sure they are comfortable. Think twice about buying high vinyl or plastic boots, as these could cheapen a nice outfit and your feet may suffer, too!

For more boot options, see the Shoe HQ catalogue, the Hub Club magazine, the latest Zoom shoes and the Kingsmead catalogue.

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Author info: Serisha Singh
Johannesburg Contributor Serisha Singh is loving fun and fab big city life! A fashionista at heart, she brings you the lowdown on what’s taking the fashion world by storm and practical advice on how to make trends work for you. A go-getter with extreme energy levels and a positive attitude, she's intrigued by everything from gender empowerment and legal developments to health and beauty. A fan of old school glamour and classy elegance, she’s a strong believer of the power of accessories: shoes, bags, earrings, rings – they can take your outfit from drab to fab! Follow @Serisha_S on Twitter or drop her a mail at serisha@all4women.co.za.

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