Chelsea boots, cowboy boots, ankle boots, knee-high boots—all these chic footwear options are trending for 2022, but the most popular versions of each all have one thing in common. They’re all bright white. Yes, this Mod-era trend is back in full force, though this time it has expanded well beyond the little white kitten heel bootie. According to Pinterest, searches for white cowboy and Chelsea boots in particular, along with more general interest in “white boot outfits,” are on the rise with no signs of slowing down. But while we know how to style this wardrobe staple for the warmer months of the year, bright white boots pose a bit more of a challenge mid-February. Here are ten fabulous outfits—fit for errand running, dinner with friends or days at the office—that show exactly how to style white boots in winter.
What to Wear with White Boots, Pinterest’s Top Winter Shoe Trend
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1. easy Blazer + Classic Denim
Let’s start with the basics: You can’t go wrong with a structured blazer, white tee and dark-wash denim. But for 2022 specifically, try swapping your skinny or straight-leg jeans for a wide-leg silhouette that hits right at the ankle to ensure your boots are still the stars of the show.
Shop similar styles: GibsonLook blazer ($98); Brooklinen T-shirt ($28); American Eagle Outfitters jeans ($60); Marc Fisher boots ($100)
2. white Straight-leg Jeans
White boots and white jeans are a match made in sartorial heaven and can make your legs look miles long. A straight leg and ankle boot is our most favorite combination, but you could also try a cropped kick-flare with cowboy boots or a boyfriend jean with a sleek sock bootie. And don’t worry too much about trying to get your whites to match exactly; as long as they’re within a few shades of one another you’ll be good to go.
Shop similar styles: Dualist jacket ($395); J.Crew turtleneck ($37; $22); Banana Republic shirt ($90); Citizens of Humanity jeans ($198); MIA boots ($70; $52)
3. midi Sweater Dress
Sweater dresses are one of our top go-to winter staples because they look wonderfully chic while feeling as comfortable as our beloved pandemic sweatsuits. But long chunky knits in dark colors can sometimes feel overwhelming, particularly on petite frames. Adding a pair of solid white boots brightens and lightens your outfit. (P.S. Adding a light-colored scarf, cropped jacket or handbag doesn’t hurt either.)
Shop similar styles: Apparis scarf ($60); Monki sweater dress ($79); Steve Madden boots ($150)
4. floral Midi Dress
Who says you can’t rock floral prints mid-winter? Choose boots that overlap by at least an inch with the hem of your dress, then top your ensemble with a cropped jacket in a dark hue or pattern to make the whole ensemble feel more appropriate for colder months.
Shop similar styles: Blank NYC jacket ($98); Reformation dress ($248); Marc Fisher boots ($100)
5. cabincore Staples
Dark flannels and brown corduroys feel much more modern when worn with Mod white booties in place of lace-up hiking boots. Add a few other glam touches, like gold hoop earrings or a colorful leather crossbody, to really amp up those city vibes.
Shop similar styles: Wilfred Free shacket ($198); Yvonne Koné belt bag ($478); Cider pants ($28); MICHAEL Michael Kors boots ($175)
6. matching Handbag + Bright Solids
Not too long ago we would’ve said matching your handbag to your footwear was an outdated fashion rule and a major no-no. Oh how the times have changed. Now, coordinating your outfit extras feels posh, not antiquated, and can help tone down super-vibrant colors or busy prints.
Shop similar styles: Baum und Pferdgarten coat ($489); JW Pei bag ($89; $79); Public Desire boots ($63)
7. lots Of Layers
In much the same way that white boots help lighten the look of a long, chunky sweater dress they can also help prevent your frame from being swallowed whole while layering up.
Shop similar styles: H&M sweater vest ($13; $10); J.Crew shirt ($80); Proenza Schouler White Label skirt ($450); RAID boots ($48)
8. oversize Knit + Slim-fit Pants
You may assume that a dark sweater and olive-hued pants would work best with black, brown or even leopard print booties. And you’re not wrong—all those options would look great. But bright white adds an unexpected pop that feels fresh and exciting, and is sure to bring in way more compliments.
Shop similar styles: AMI sweater ($580; $406); L.L.Bean pants ($70); Coach boots ($250)
9. neutral-hued Sweater + Leather Pencil Skirt
This combo would work with just about any style boot, but we think it works best with white cowboy boots. A sleek leather skirt and cozy knit help to offset the rugged vibes of Western-style boots and make them feel more appropriate for dressier environments, like the office or a nice dinner.
Shop similar styles: Madewell sweater ($80; $55); L’Academie skirt ($368); Wandler bag ($810; $567); Journee Collection boots ($85)
10. embellished Sweater + Dark-wash Jeans
Sometimes, all you really want to wear is a comfy sweater, your favorite jeans and an easy pair of ankle boots. To make things feel a bit fancier, however, why not try sporting an embellished knit and stark white footwear? Just a few small tweaks is all this outfit combination needs to go from simple to stylish—without sacrificing comfort.
Shop similar styles: Aqua sweater ($198; $99); Levi’s jeans ($98); 42 Gold boots ($160; $120)