I just returned from a wonderful trip to France – and even though its been twenty years since my last visit – French women still have “it”! They look like they spend no time on their makeup or clothes and yet they all look amazing – like they just stepped out of a fashion magazine! How do they do it?
It just looks effortless! Here is what I saw over and over – a black leather jacket, a pair of well fitting jeans or pants, a scarf, and a pair of boots – that’s it! I wore the same thing and I assure you – I did not make the same statement. Its got to be the attitude – I wonder how you get it? My guess is if you have to ask – you don’t have it and probably never will!
For years the most exciting thing about picking out a new pair of boots was the “heel” style – and whether you wanted black, brown and if you were really adventurous – cordovan. That is no longer the case. Now you pick out your next pair of boots by “shaft” length. (The height of the shaft measured from the middle of the arch up the outsole of the boot to the top of the boot shaft in inches. (Definition taken from Zappos measurement guide).
Ankle – boot shaft height is 3″ to 8 3/4″
Mid-Calf – boot shaft height is 9″ to 13 1/2″
Knee-High – Boot shaft height is 13 3/4″to 17 3/4″
Over – the Knee – Boot shaft height is 18″ or higher
This table is taken from Nordstrom’s Measuring Guide. They use a women’s size 8 1/2 to measure their boot shaft heights.
I admit, I have a boot obsession – after having to wear black pumps most of my adult life – nothing sounds better to me than slipping into a comfortable pair of boots!
I try to limit myself to one pair of new boots for the spring and summer time and one pair for the fall and winter. So its time to look for my fall/winter pair! I don’t like to decide too quickly or it will make for a long wait before I get to shop again. So I decided to start with an online search to see what was out there this season.
I stopped after my first 2 searches – Nordstrom’s had over 125 pages of boots and DSW had over 30 pages – and no – I did not scroll thru all of those pages to see if they were really all boots!
But I looked thru enough to know that there are a lot more types of boots than when I was young. Here is a sample of what we women now have to choose from:
- Over the knee boots – I would love to try on a pair – but where do you wear them?
- Booties – more styles and colors than I could possibly try on in a weekend shopping trip!
- Cowboy Boots – now who hasn’t wanted to be a cowgirl at one time or another?
- Riding Boots (even though most of us don’t ride and probably never will!)
- Moccasins – they look so soft and comfy – but so far I have not succumbed!
- Classic Black Boots – these have gone from necessary winter accessories to the focal point of your outfit.
- Industrial looking boots – I do remember these from my youth!
- Motorcycle boots – yes I do have a pair – and no I have never sat on a bike!
- Combat Boots – I haven’t really been drawn to this style yet – but you never know!
- Snow boots – no longer worn just in the snow – and some are probably better off getting nowhere near the white stuff!
Where has winter gone? Yes, I know a bunch of you are in the middle of snow and miserable weather – including my partner Julie. But I live in the South and last winter cold weather was almost non-existent, and so far this year, our weather seems just as mild. While I appreciate the mild weather for the most part, I do realize that we need the cold to limit or control some of the insect population. Also, I know retail depends on changes of the seasons to support new clothing sales. I know last year was a disaster for retailers in the South due to both a warm fall and winter. Hot or cold, it seems mother nature has been a little confused on what season to show us.
Post script from Julie: Speak for yourself Steve – Mother Nature knows exactly what she’s doing in my neck of the woods! We did have a mild fall but she is working overtime the last few weeks! My sweaters, heavy socks and boots are getting very good use!
OK – the beautiful fall Colorado weather has left us and will be replaced by frigid cold – tomorrow night will be a low of 20 degrees bottoming out at 7 degrees next Wednesday.
So, I was looking for ideas as to how to stay warm but still look stylish. Went to my favorite website for fashion tips – Stitchfix – it advised to brighten up winter by wearing burgundy, cobalt blue or bright fuschia, and mix and match it with neutrals. They say wearing a cherry color may even be a mood lifter.
Another idea was to try a statement scarf – its versatile, practical and very stylish – wear it around your next or wear it over your outer layer – the more casual way you wear it – the better!
Finally – for that outer layer – consider wearing a vest (super warm, less bulky and very chic) or a puffer coat – they are back in style in again! Look for a cinched waist style and pair it with over the knee boots.
Over the knee boots – can you say “Pretty Woman”? Would love to try on a pair – but not sure I have the nerve! But I’ve got 3 long months to get my courage up! In the meantime, I guess I’ll just be wearing my ankle boots.
Post from Julie:
Just got another Stitchfix update – 5 Ways to Wear Plaid and I can’t wait to give them all a try!
- How to wear Plaid every day
- How to wear Plaid like a professional
- How to Wear plaid on the weekend
- How to wear Plaid low-key
- And my favorite – How to wear Plaid like a rebel
I think I can wear my beloved boots with almost any of these looks! Hope you’ll check out their site and enjoy this article as much as I did!!!! I think I am becoming a little “Plaid Obsessed!” Anyone else feeling the Plaid?
According to Stitchfix – this fall’s top 10 essentials are as follows:
- Chunky Sweaters
- Ankle Boots
- Sleek Leggings
- Fall Dress
- Cozy Ponchos
- Relaxed Moto
- Textured Scarves
- Plaid Button Downs
- Puffer Vests
- Colored Denim
And what did my latest Stitchfix box contain – a beautiful, soft and comfy plaid shirt – great job Tia!
I expect to make great use of it this fall – most especially with a worn pair of jeans and my favorite boots! They suggest to make this more of a 9-5 type piece – that you wear it with a tonal pencil skirt – never would have thought of that – but willing to try it out! For more info – check out Stitchfix and their blogs.
Post from Steve
The hottest new trend for Fall and Winter 2016 is Fringe. Let me give you a little more detail on the type of fringe I’m seeing – it’s the type of fringe you might remember from the past that decorated an old western style jacket. Yes, that leather jacket that was lined with leather fringe on the sleeves, on the back yoke, anywhere they could put it – that’s what I’m talking about…..But take it one step beyond that to other accessories. Purses, boots, pants, all with fringe are the hottest new trend.
And for those of you, not into leather or suede – we’ve seen it in all type of faux -leather and faux suede – enjoy!!
It’s that time of the year; things are finally cooling off and best of all……football. Yes, America’s favorite sport. Just about everyone has a team they follow. For some, it’s all about their college team, while others are diehard followers of one or more of the professional teams.
I still don’t fully understand how Soccer is considered football in just about any other part of the world. And more curious, soccer is much more popular than our football. One fact you can’t deny, Soccer is an international sport where our Football is more U.S. based. Just look at the Olympics….no Football there.
Maybe one of these days we’ll see the adaptation of the world to our Football…..time will tell.
Post from Steve
Boots…. the new sexy. I am amazed at the trend for women’s boots to be worn year round, but then again, maybe I’m not when I think about it. From a guy’s perspective, a boot stacks almost equal with a stiletto heel when it comes to being perceived as sexy. Both the stiletto and the boot do the same thing, they stretch the woman’s profile, and add height. While many women can’t wear stilettoes, the boot offers the same benefits but yet gives more support which opens up the amount of women that can sport this new trend. Needless to say, the fashion industry has embraced this trend and all you need to do is visit your local mall and observe the number of women wearing boots, both young and old.