5 Ways to Build Your Outfit Around a Pair of Boots

Every morning, we wake up, do our skin-care routine and stare into our closet for what feels like an eternity. Why do we have so many clothes and nothing to wear? Ugh! This fall, we’re making a change and starting from the bottom. After all, footwear has the ability to make or break an outfit. Here, we demonstrate five ways to build an entire outfit, starting from a pair of trendy fall boots. Consider your mornings handled.

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Play With Proportions

This rule is simple: Want to wear tall boots? Opt for a shorter hemline. Dying to wear some new ankle booties? Try a maxi or cropped jeans. It’s the only trick you need to remember to look put together at all times.

Get the look: Sam Edelman boots ($250), Sandro skirt ($280), Topshop top ($25); Cupcakes & Cashmere blazer ($168)

head to toe leather

Rock Leather From Head To Toe

One of fall’s biggest trends involves a whole lot of leather. Start with a pair of buttery soft boots and pile on more leather from there. Bonus points if you play with multiple colors in your outfit.

Get the look: Marc Fisher LTD boot ($189); Tibi shirt ($395); Lovers + Friends pants ($498)


Opposites Attract

We love the sweet and sassy vibe of rugged combat boots paired with a frilly dress. It ensures that neither aesthetic overpowers the entire look, so it never comes across as too cutesy or edgy. Next time you want to wear an insanely comfy pair of lace-ups, reach for a puff-sleeve, ruffled frock for the ultimate balance.

Get the look: Linea Paolo boots ($140); Rachel Parcell dress ($89)

victorian trend

Try A New Trend

Not into military-inspired kicks? Try fall’s other lace-up style, straight out of the Victorian era. With thin, spaghetti-like laces and an ankle-hugging fit, they pair perfectly with wide-hem jeans and a collar that borders on giant.

Get the look: By Far boots ($550), Agolde jeans ($198); Ganni top ($145)

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Go Matchy Matchy

Sure, a glorious pair of snakeskin boots has the power to shine on its own. But imagine how much more impactful it’ll look with a matching dress. Just think of it as an advanced take on the monochromatic trend and it will negate all fears.

Get the look: Schutz boots ($232); French Connection dress ($158)

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Brianna Lapolla


Brianna Lapolla formerly held the role of Senior Commerce Editor at PureWow covering all things shopping across beauty, fashion, and lifestyle. Now, she's putting her 12 years of...
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