We recently returned from our trip to Iceland, and this outfit is what I wore – on repeat- in Reyjkavik. I’ve been patiently waiting for the white boot trend to hit a lower price point (trends seem to start high and trickle down), and after lusting after $1200 booties for over a year….YES: We. Have. Options. Soooo many white boot options, at varying price points.
Reyjkavik was the perfect backdrop to test out this trend. I picked a pair with a chunky, walkable heel, and I’m now completely obsessed. They give fresh life to my old uniform (black skinnies, black leather jacket), and have a 60’s mod-rock vibe that’s seriously fun to wear.
I was worried that white boots would skew too costume-y, but when paired with my usual skinnies and tshirts, the look was unexpected, but effortless. My only word of caution is that white booties do cut your leg line horizontally, and they can make your legs look shorter.
But to be honest…..we all complained about this exact issue when skinny jeans and black ankle booties first became a thing. Remember? And then we (collectively) became used to the silhouette. It often takes time for our eyes to adjust to a new trend.
So. My top tips for wearing white ankle booties – especially if you are new to the trend – are:
- Choose your bootie carefully – I think it’s especially important to find a white bootie with a longer shaft (or vamp). Your ankle bone should be covered by the boot. You’ll want minimal socks (or skin) showing when paired with pants – it’ll help keep the leg line long.
- Go monochrome – All black is my normal uniform when the weather turns chilly, so that was obviously my first choice. But I think that any sort of general tone-on-tone will keep the leg line long, regardless of the white boots. And they’ll still provide that sort of mod-rock vibe regardless of what color you are wearing. (Like red, for the brave.) In any case, I’d match socks to your pants (unless you can rock the quirky, contrast-sock look.)
- With Sporty Stripes – white boots were made for stripes. Classic nautical stripes work, but I’m especially loving varsity stripes with white boots. The stripes are *almost* preppy, and the resulting look is very cool-collegiate.
sweater: Etre Cecile Merino Wool Sweater (xs for reference)
jeans: AG Skinnies in 10 Years Well Worn (my fav black skinnies of allll time – size 24 for reference)
jacket: Iro leather jacket (mine is from a few years ago, so I linked to a current one. Size 38 for reference – has enough room to fit over a sweater.) The IRO jackets are pricy. For a more affordable (yet fabulous) alternative, Madewell’s are pretty amazing. There’s the Madewell original version (with a similar belt as mine), or the newer one – Madewell’s washed leather jacket. It’s rumored to be super soft.
bag: Rebecca Minkoff Medium Julian in putty (mine is actually ‘taupe’ from last year, but the one linked is similar)
hat: mine is Under Armour, but a here’s a similar one (comes in a bunch of colors, too)
On the boys:
Hudson Knit Terry Jeans – these are amazing. They’re skinny jeans, but knit, so they’re super stretchy and comfortable
Adidas superstars (always)
Shop White Booties
Shop Sporty Striped Tops
A whole Fall trends article is coming soon – promise! But I had to talk about white boots – they’re easily my favorite Fall trend. Which trends are you the most excited about? Which one are you hoping will be covered in more detail on TME? Spill, you babes.
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