I am writing about how to wear booties (aka ankle boots) today because it is something that I struggled with for a long time. I was so happy when high boots were popular because they tend to make shorter girls look like they have longer legs. However, in the past few years, booties has taken the world by storm and it is hard to find a good selection of taller boots unless you want to pay the big bucks. The other day, I noticed that Target only had 2 pairs of tall boots (insert gasp)!
To add to my delimna, I loved the look of booties but just never thought I could pull them off. After 2 years of tweeking with the bootie phenom, I've finally come up with tips to share that can help you achieve a long legged looking even in this leg chopping trend.
The skinnier the pant the better:
I've seen girls pull off a boyfriend jean with booties but I just can't see how that looks good with my short legs. The benefit of tall boots was that it thinned out your look and made your legs look more streamlined. With booties, you will see the entirety of your pants which makes them less forgiving. I feel that I look best when I wear a very fitted jean or leggings. High socks (I should have worn higher socks with this look, it would have enlongaged the leg) or a monochrome boot and legging also give a nice streamlined effect.
I stole this picture below off the Ruby Claire Boutique website to show you how these can be pair with a higher sock. I didn't realize these socks were falling into the boots until I left the house!
Cuff- don't tuck or scrunch
Short girls tend to have extra material at the bottom of their pants (if you don't want this, shop for ankle jeans). With tall boots, we just tucked that into the boots and were done with it. However, with ankle boots that won't work. I think scrunching the jeans near the ankle looks terrible. It makes the ankles look fat and the legs look stumpy. Instead, cuff the end of the jean.
Show the ankle
Showing your ankle inbetween the pants and the booties is also flattering. It shows the skinniest part of the leg and breaking up the lines of the legs looks wonderful. That little bit of ankle actually elongates the leg.
Boots: ThredUp (Use my link to get $10 store credit if you are a new user)
Pair with a dress
This is the easiest and most obvious way to wear ankle boots. In fact, short women look better in ankle boots then tall boots when it comes to dresses because it shows off more of their leg. When wearing booties with a dress, I suggest always going with a heeled boot.
Boots: Molly Green Boutique
So if you are short, don't be scared to try the ankle boot. Hopefully it won't take you 2 years of trying to figure it out!
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