How to Make UGG Boots Look Cool in 2023

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Look, we know that UGG boots, or at least the classic short booties we all wore in the early aughts, don’t necessarily have a reputation as the most fashionable shoes. But there’s no denying they’re just about the comfiest, coziest things we’ve ever put on our feet. And in recent months, we’ve suddenly started seeing the chunky Australian style on inarguably stylish celebs like Hailey Bieber, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Ratajkowski, Katie Holmes and even Rihanna. So we set out to find the absolute best ways to wear our beloved Y2K-era classic short UGG boots in 2023 to look cool, chic and not like we just walked out of the mall, Orange Julius in hand. Thanks to the help of stylist, Meg Gallagher, we now feel fully prepared to rock our shearling-lined booties like the fashionable adults we are.

Meet the Expert:

  • Meg Gallagher is a personal stylist based out of L.A., San Francisco and New York City.

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how to wear UGG boots in 2023 monochrome
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1. Go All in on One Neutral Hue

Monochrome outfits are a fabulously easy way to look incredibly posh with minimal effort. And in the case of UGG booties, a single-color ‘fit can help elevate the casual footwear, especially if you opt for classically elegant silhouettes. Think long wool coats, straight or wide-leg trousers, tailored button-up blouses, etc. “A monochromatic look exudes luxury and elegance, even when styled with a traditionally casual boot silhouette,” says Gallagher. “The head-to-toe color is flattering and elongating, whether you choose all gray, black, navy or ivory.”

Shop similar styles: UGG Classic Short Boots ($170); Theory Belted Wool Coat ($795; $477); Jenni Kayne Cashmere Cocoon Cardigan ($445); Everlane Long-Sleeve Tee ($40); Agolde ‘90s Pinch Waist Jeans ($178); Cuyana Small Tote Bag ($288)

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2. Try Non-Distressed Denim in Looser Silhouettes

Despite the protests of Gen Z, skinny jeans are still a staple in many of our wardrobes. However, the combination of UGG boots and skinny jeans is one best left in the past for now. “Whether your denim is cropped or puddles on top of your boot, wide-leg stylesover top of your UGGs is the way to go,” advises Gallagher. We would add that clean washes with no distressing (save maybe a raw hem) are also better than acid wash or holey knees for ensuring you look chic and put together.

Shop similar styles: UGG Classic Short Boots ($170); ASOS Faux-Leather Patchwork Jacket ($108); Madewell Northside T-Shirt ($19); AE Baggy Straight Jeans ($50; $30)

how to wear UGG boots in 2023 sweatpants
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3. Get Comfy in Sweatpants and Cashmere

“Traditional sweatpants or matching sweatsuits paired with UGGs still reign as a casual fit for every day,” Gallagher tells us. “Adding an oversize, structured coat and handle bag elevate this outfit from sloppy to fabulous.” You can also swap your gray, cotton sweatshirt for a simple cashmere pullover for a bonus dose of luxury.

Shop similar styles: UGG Classic Short Boots ($170); Reformation Downing Coat ($368); Everlane Alpaca Turtleneck Sweater ($175); Buck Mason Vintage Interloop Sweatpants ($85); Lesportsac Small Hobo Bag ($95)

4. Combine Cozy and Chic in a Sweater Dress

“Suede UGGs are a natural complement to soft sweater dresses, whether you prefer maxi or mini lengths,” says Gallagher. “The addition of a leather jacket and jumbo scarf take this look to another level in term of layering textures and proportions. And don’t forget the tights!”

Shop similar styles: UGG Classic Short Boots ($170); DISSH Ada Knit Dress ($160); Steve Madden Quinn Faux-Leather Jacket ($139); ASOS Extra-Long Scarf ($22)

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5. Gussy Up an Old Favorite

Leggings and UGGs—two of the comfiest wardrobe staples—are still a great weekend-ready pairing, so long as you finish the look with the right 2023-approved pieces. “Styling neutral colored fitness wear with a double-breasted topcoat, scrunch socks and stylish accessories keep this pre-/post-workout look feeling fresh and sharp,” says Gallagher. So go ahead and swap that belt bag for a leather crossbody and your puffer for a long, wool coat instead.

Shop similar styles: UGG Classic Short Boots ($170); Maje Double-Face Coat ($795; $398); Athleta Get Set Sweatshirt ($109); ALO Airbrush Leggings ($98); Tory Burch Mcgraw Camera Bag ($298)

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