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.