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You’ve already mastered styling ankle boots. But what about something that hits mid-calf or over-the-knee? (And, while we’re on the topic, is there really any way not to look frumpy in a pair of snow boots?) Here, some sage styling advice for every type of boot.

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Knee-High Boots

Longer hemlines (think midi skirts and even maxi styles) work best with higher-cut boots. Just make sure your dress or skirt completely conceals, or drapes over, the top of your boots.

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Over-the-Knee Boots

Didn’t think you could get anymore wear out of those miniskirts after fall? Think again. Taller boots offer warmth while still looking stylish. Tip: Make sure the bottom half of your body is dressed in the same shade (in this case, black) to create one, long silhouette.

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Mid-Calf Boots

This is definitely one of the trickier styles to pull off (unless you’re naturally long-legged). For the rest of us, always opt for a heel if you’re wearing them with a skirt or dress. Or wear them with this season’s trendy pair of cropped-flare jeans.

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Flat Ankle Boots

Whereas a mid-calf style requires a little more consideration, an ankle boot is pretty much guaranteed to work on anyone—and with any outfit. Replace last year’s scuffed-up joints with something a bit more fun (perhaps a pair with graphic cutouts) and wear them with your favorite pants. Or skirts. Or dresses. Again, this cut of boot is extremely versatile. 

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Heeled Ankle Boots

If you’re the type of lady who prefers a bit of extra polish—even, or especially, in the middle of winter—opt for a pointed toe and a sensible heel. Wear them as you would a pair of pumps (meaning bring on the perfectly fitted slacks and blazers). You are basically swapping one for the other so you still look dressy without subjecting your toes to frostbite.

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Combat Boots

Fact: A pair of combat boots can add edge to any outfit. Pair them with jeans (just make sure they’re cropped or cuffed slightly above the ankle) for a more casual look—or wear them with your frilliest dress and moto jacket for an unexpected contrast.

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Snow Boots

Keep big, furry boots in check with a streamlined color palette—and balanced proportions. Roomy poncho, meet fitted leggings. Tan shearling, meet tan knits. And so on.

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