STRONG STRIDES

How to style this season’s best boots and hit hem lengths for a powerful wardrobe update.

Words by Connie Chamberlayne

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Forget talking the talk. Welcome to the season of walking the walk. Whether you dare to reveal your latest ankle adornments or choose to conceal with calf grazing hems, there is a happy marriage between boot and hem that can be made with sophisticated styling and foolproof combinations. Here’s how to do it for FW17.

Chic Calf Boots + Floral Midi Dress

Anchor a romantic midi dress with luxurious leather calf length boots. No tooling or embroidery necessary here. Opt for sleek, minimal styles instead to balance out the feminine frills and florals of your frock.

Dress by Mother of Pearl; Boots by Gianvito Rossi; Bag by Prada
Dress by Mother of Pearl; Boots by Gianvito Rossi; Bag by Prada

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Pleated Midi Skirt + Edgy Ankle Boots

Reach for sharp, punky black booties (bonus points for exposed metallic embellishment) to give your preppy pleats some edge. Add a slightly oversized knit and colour pop bag into the mix to really drive the point home.

Jumper by Hellessy; Skirt by RIXO London; Bag by Theory; Boots by Alexander Wang
Jumper by Hellessy; Skirt by RIXO London; Boots by Alexander Wang

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Ankle Boots + Boho Maxi Skirt

For autumnal bohemian bliss, nothing does it quite like a pair of Seventies inspired ankle boots and a billowing maxi skirt in a vintage style print. Opt for a style with an intriguing heel for added haute hippy impact.

Dress and Boots by Stella McCartney
Dress and Boots by Stella McCartney

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Adorned Booties + Tailored Trousers

This winning combination really speaks for itself, providing a modern take on after dark dressing. Superlatively slick and sensationally stylish opt for chain detail shoe straps for an opulent touch with crisp cigarette pants.

Robe by F.R.S For Restless Sleepers; Pants by Prada; Boots by Jimmy Choo
Robe by F.R.S For Restless Sleepers; Pants by Prada; Boots by Jimmy Choo

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Thigh High Boots + Knee Length Hems

This clever boot coupling allows for a totally covered effect in the chicest possible way. Juxtapose rich dark velvet boots with light, botanical print skirts and dresses for the ultimate unexpected twist.

Dress by Johanna Ortiz; Boots by Jimmy Choo
Dress by Johanna Ortiz; Boots by Jimmy Choo

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