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Ankle Boot Mystery Solved?

I love ankle boots. I own 3 pairs of them. I have an issue with wearing them with jeans… I don’t know how. Every time I put them on feel like it looks all kinds of wrong. I thought maybe it was a proportion issue ( maybe my legs are too fat ).

After combing through tumblr, pinterest and the sartorialist I think I have found the reasons.

  • Jean/Pant Length. I think you have to have the pant skim the top of the boot or show a little skin to break up the line… or
  • Contrast and Color. I think the boot and the pant have to be close in color and contrast or it draws too much attention to your feet which when it’s a block of color like a ankle boot makes it seem too heavy. If you choose to ignore this you must have straight thin legs, which I don’t and won’t have.

What do you think? Do you even think about this stuff? It’s strange that I do considering that it’s 9:30am and I’m still in my pajamas.

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5 Comments

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    torrie
    November 7, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    okay… i really, really appreciate this. i have YET to purchase them because i never like the way they look (as a whole) when i try them on. and i refuse to purchase in light of past purchases of products that i like the "idea" of, but not the reality of.

    NOW i realize what the issue has been!! (& my legs are not straight & thin either, so ignoring is not an option). thank you! & thank you for a lighthearted post in the midst of "election heaviness." 🙂

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    Desi McKinnon
    November 7, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    I'm glad to be of service. Any time I can lighten things up I will 🙂

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    180|360
    November 7, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    I keep purchasing ankle boots only to return them as soon as I try them on. I don't think it has so much to do with skinny legs (although that certainly can't hurt!) as much as it does with me not having long legs! I feel like my legs are too short for them. Similarly or oddly enough, the same goes with capri pants. I definitely think you are onto something with the tone on tone look though.

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    torrie
    November 8, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    interesting… something else to consider…

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    Colleen
    November 8, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    hmmm…I only have one pair that seems to work, but I think I've only tried it with the combo you suggested (not because of any knowledge or sense on the subject– just by chance!). I can always count on you to let me know about this stuff though 😉

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