And with it comes pumpkins, apple cider, football, soups and BOOTS.
(Hello, LOVERS. It’s so good to see you again!)
Now, before you start a love fest with your UGGS, remember too much UGG can end up looking F-UGG-LY. It’s like wearing yoga pants with a nice black jacket. Sure, you can do it, but people wonder why you didn’t try a little bit harder.
At the beginning of the Fall/Winter Boot Season, I make it my quest to put together a boots guide for 40 Year Olds that doesn’t include one pair of UGGs. The Boots Guide includes trends that are HOT right now (hello, stacked heel) and leaves out trends we 40 Year Olds should avoid (Pretty Woman-esque over-the-knee and lace-ups).
So get ready to click, Pin It, or take notes, it’s time for the 2015 Boots Guide For 40 Year Olds.
Boots Guide For 40 Year Olds
Trend #1 – Stacked Heel
How Do I Wear It? Stacked heel boots are the “it” boot this season. They are taller than booties, but shorter then riding boots. Wear them with sweater dresses, boyfriend jeans (make sure to show a bit of skin), cropped pants, gauchos, or culottes.
Why It Works? The stacked heel (which makes them sturdy) coupled with the tapered shaft elongates the leg. Plus, if you have “oversized calves”, you don’t have to worry about sizing…these boots don’t touch them.
Lusting After: FRYE Patty Gore Bootie
Trend #2 – Wedges
How Do I Wear It? Wedges go with about anything, including shorts, skinny, boot leg or flared jeans, leggings and skirts. Seriously, if it covers you lower half, you can wear wedges with it.
Why It Works? The wedge heel has been around for awhile (thank you Tom’s Desert Wedge), but this year it is everywhere. A wedge heel allows you stability and comfort while wearing a higher heel, plus they keep your pant legs out of snow and ice.
Lusting After: Toms Desesrt Wedges
Trend #3 – Chelsea
How Do I Wear It? The Chelsea Boot brings a bit of bad-ass to your work attire. Think of it like the motorcycling-riding brother of your prim and proper black pump. Pair it with tailored separates (think suiting) or slim trousers that are cropped.
Why it Works? Have you worn black pumps in the winter? It sucks. Your feet are cold and you might as well get out your insurance card when walking in a snow/ice covered parking lot. Thank you, Chelsea boot for making us look stylish while being safe and warm.
Lusting After: Naturalizer Jarrett
Snow Boots To Replace Your UGGS
How Do I Wear It? When you want to grab your tried and trusted UGGS, grab one of these boots instead. In most cases, they are just as waterproof, comfortable, and aren’t just the “same ole boot” everyone else is wearing at drop-off, kid’s games, or errand running.
Why it Works? There is a time and place for snow boots…usually when there is snow on the ground. And one shouldn’t have to give up style for comfort…and these boots deliver on both.
Lusting After: Sorel Cate The Great Wedge
Other Classic Boots That Should Be In Your Closet
It’s like bondage on a boot. Little dangerous. A few buckles. Looks tied-up…you get where I’m going.
Why do you need this boot? Because you wear leggings. And not every boot looks great with them. If the boot is too tall, it looks formal. If the boot is too short, it looks like you bought the wrong size leggings.
Best Buy: Steve Madden Damiannn (I own these and the look awesome with leggings or a sweater dress.)
It is a great overall boot that can be worn with anything (leggings, jeans, skirts or dresses).
Why do you need this boot? Besides that it goes with everything, it’s a classic. Finding a riding boot you like isn’t hard; deciding how how much money you want to spend is the trick. Remember, these are a classic boot you’ll have for years to come, so a few extra dollars is worth it for quality and comfort.
This is a boot that says, “I bet she has a good time!”. Why? Because fringe equals a little rock and roll.
Why do you need this boot? Because we had a life before kids…that probably included a little rock and roll. Plus, they look great with skinny jeans, cuffed above the ankle, and a slouchy sweater or jacket.
Best Buy: Sam Edelman Louie (I also own these and they look AWESOME with skinny jeans.)
What do you think? Will you be adding some of boots to your collection? Which boots would you put on the “lust-worthy” list? Leave a comment and let us know, we’d love to hear from you.
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