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Boot kickin’ Know-how: Dos and don’ts of wearing boots

Creators Syndicate
Modified: November 23, 2012 at 11:25 am •  Published: November 23, 2012

Boots are getting a quick fashion kick into fall - from classic equestrian styles to va va vroom biker boots, pumped-up wedge platforms and gem-encrusted evening peep-toes - there's a boot for every occasion. Laces, spats, buckles and buttons all make this year's collection a huge hit. With all this "booty" out there, one pair of boots is never enough!

But there are a few dos and don'ts when it comes to getting the most bang for your boot bucks. Fashion expert and author Amy Goodman knows a good boot when she sees one. In her latest book, "Wear This, Toss That," (Simon and Schuster, $27) she kicks around a lot of advice on what to wear with all kinds of boot styles. Here are some of her tips:

The Under-the-Knee Boot - Do slide on with nearly everything, she says. "It is the go-to, save-me option for women, as it slims the calf." Don't pair this boot style with knobby or chunky knees. "Because of where this boot ends, it draws attention to that area," she says.

The Mid-Calf Boot - Do slide on with a shorter hemline to create leg length. Don't pair with a knee-length skirt because this style bisects your calves at the meatiest part of the muscle, making uncovered legs look stumpy.

The Ankle/Peep-Toe Bootie - Do slide on with skinny leggings or opaque tights in a matching (for playing it safe) or bright (for making a statement) color, jeans tucked into the boots, or frilled dresses that end at the knee and miniskirts. Don't pair with cropped or Capri pants, cocktail dresses, skirts or dresses that hit below the knee if you have shapely calves.

The Over-the-Knee Boot - Do slide on with dark, opaque tights, tucked-in leggings or jeans, skirts or dresses that fall a few inches from the top of the boot. Don't pair with skirts or dresses that hit right at the top of the boot. "And beware if you dare to go bare," says Goodman. "Thighs might look larger than you'd like."

The Rocker/Biker Boot - Do slide on with the shortest hemline you can muster, with leggings to show off the boots. Skinny jeans also hit the mark for a complete rocker chic ensemble. Goodman advises not pairing these chic boots with wide-leg trousers, which give too much of a clunky feel on the bottom half.

The Equestrian/Riding Boot - Do slide on this classic favorite with leggings and other tailored pants that are tucked into the boot. Also wear with short skirts paired with leggings. Don't pair with wide-leg pants or three-quarter-length skirts or dresses, as they look frumpy with flat boots.

The Western Boot - Do slide on with all types of denim (tucked or untucked), long skirts, floral printed frocks, any casual look to rope in the cool factor. Don't pair with other Western pieces - the goal is not to look like an actual cowgirl. Whoopee!


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