In my heart of hearts, I’m a rule follower. I don’t know if it is because I’m a first-born, a Virgo, or simply a goodie-goodie (as my elementary school nemesis once aptly called me). Whatever the reason, when I learn a rule, I follow it, and if *god forbid* I decide to break the rule, it is utterly terrifying.
This fear applies to fashion rules too. We all know the classics:
- Don’t wear socks with sandals.
- Don’t mix black and brown (I was told this, but maybe it isn’t really a rule. I break it all the time now).
- Don’t mix patterns (also a fun one to break).
- Don’t wear white after Labor Day.
It is this last one that I have had the most trouble breaking, but I am proud to announce that I’ve finally done it. I’ve been wearing white boots during the first few weeks of September. Gasp!
These Chloe boots are the ones I’ve been wearing:
I’m in love. I’m so in love, in fact, that there was no way I could wait until spring to wear them. Also, I kind of went for broke on the white boots I picked, so I pretty much need to wear them every damn day to justify the price.
Let’s pause a moment to talk about how amazing the Chloe Susanna boots are. I am by no means the first person to declare how wonderful these boots are. In fact, many very smart and fashionable women have said all you can say about these boots. Simply put, they are the most comfortable boots you’ll ever wear, they jingle when you walk (I love that), and the details are amazing. The only downside is the price (ouch!), but if you are quick about it, you can find various colors on sale at different times of the year and by checking different retailers (e.g., Ssense, Mytheresa, or even Nordstrom). While we’re on the subject of these boots in particular, I’ll tell you that I bought a 39, and I wear a 39.5 in Jimmy Choo, 40 in Valentino, and 38.5 or 39 in Gucci. I hope that helps.
Okay, back to white boots in general. I live in Denver, where it gets cold beginning in September/October, and it stays cold until April/May. That means I wear a lot of boots. Now, Denver isn’t Canada cold, so ankle boots generally are my go-to. Still, it can get boring after months of wearing the same ol’ thing, so I like to diversify my boot collection by changing up height, material, color, etc.
As for colors, I wear a lot of black boots. Don’t get me wrong, black boots are amazing, but it can kind of get old just wearing black. I also have a few pairs of brown boots I love. I wear taupe boots all the time in fall and winter. So why not white too? It helps that other very fashionable folks have already come to this same conclusion, and there is sometimes fashion safety in numbers.
So far, my white-boot efforts are going swimmingly, if I do say so myself. Here are some of my favorite pics:
And here are a few quick shots of how they look with leggings, black jeans, and light jeans, respectively:
In addition to pants and leggings, I’ve also worn my white boots with dresses, skirts, and shorts. For example:
This is the same dress and scarf combo from my post on why silk scarves are the best. I tried the outfit with the white boots, and I loved the retro go-go girl look. If I added tights, I could even wear it for Christmas!
Here are a few tips I’ve come up with over the last few weeks:
- I like having a gap between the boot and the pant leg. I tried tucking my black leggings into the boot, but it wasn’t my favorite. I might try again with some socks to see if that helps tucking work.
- I’ve been wearing mine with my trusty no-show Smartwool socks, which means you don’t ever see the sock poking out. That’s my general preference.
- Opt for a pointed toe. I think that helps slim your ankles and feet.
- Mix other colors and prints into your outfit. A white top is great to pair with white boots, but I’d avoid white denim or a white jacket. The contrast is what makes them so awesome.
And if the Chloe boots aren’t your jam, here, here, and here are a few other options. I would say to avoid these. I thought they might work as a Susanna dupe, but I returned them because the heel was so freaking uncomfortable. Maybe I got a bad pair, but hey, you’ve been warned.
I’ll be sure to update this as I continue my white-boot adventures over the coming months. In the meantime, I’d like to encourage all of my fellow rule followers out there to break the rules and wear white this fall. Good luck!