Spring is a strange time for fashion. On one hand, the stores are packed with fun clothes best suited to a beach vacation, while outside, the weather can be chilly one day, dumping rain the next, and hot enough for shorts and tee shirts the day after that. The fluctuating temperatures, coupled with the fact that many of us put our warm weather clothes away for winter, can make getting dressed a daily conundrum.
As the rainy season usually leaves the ground pretty squishy, one thing’s for certain: it’s definitely not sandal weather quite yet. Here are a few tips for getting just a little more mileage out of those trusty winter boots.
Consider Your Socks
Have a pair of tall boots that served you well through the cold weather months? They can be just as cute with a short spring dress. If temperatures are too warm for tights but too chilly to go bare-legged, consider a pair of knee or thigh-high socks in light spring colors to both keep legs warm and soften a pair of black or brown boots.
A pretty pair of shorter socks can also make a pair of flat leather booties look more cheerful for the warmer months. Just make sure they clear the top of the boot by about three or four inches, and if the booties have a side zipper, leave it down for a fresher look.
Those over-the-knee boots that did you so right in the frosty winter months have still got a few days left. If it’s not too hot, wear them with skinny or straight leg jeans, but pair them with a light-colored bag and breezy top. Perfect for getting through the puddles left by those April showers.
Booties look great any time of year and can be worn with dresses, skirts, and jeans. But to avoid looking too wintery in those ankle high boots, especially when you’re still wearing jackets and light sweaters, showing some skin does wonders. Cuff those jeans and let an inch or two of ankle show over the tops of your booties. Just a little touch can make a whole outfit look a little more seasonally appropriate.
Boots With Shorts: Can It Be Done?
The short answer is yes, but the real answer is more complicated. Instagram fashionistas are all about pairing denim shorts with ankle boots, but in real life, it can look like a fashion mullet: party on the top and business on the bottom. If you’re dying to try it, pick short (at least mid-thigh) denim shorts and make sure the top tonally matches the boots: think army jacket with white tee shirt or a mid-to-long sleeved tee shirt or blouse. A summery top with shorts and boots can just look too seasonally confusing. Finding a good blend of spring and summer is the key. It’s not a look for the fashion faint of heart, but if you’re feeling daring, go for it!
Don’t let anyone tell you that just because Easter is approaching you’ve got to break out your kitten heels. Get a bit more use out of those trusty, broken-in boots and save your money for sandals!