Monday, 22 September 2014

Style Advice: Skirts and ankle boots

Morning, hope you had a lovely weekend. We dodged the showers on Saturday to make it to a final barbecue of the year at a friends and then on Sunday we went for a long bike ride which was a lot of fun.

This morning's post is for a friend who lives in a beautiful part of rural France. A busy mum with her own thriving business, she emailed me a couple of weeks ago just as I was in the middle of my computer headache with a question about autumn skirts and boots:

"I have just bought a lovely A line skirt from H&M (black, textured cloth that is quite thick and so holds it's shape beautifully). I have no idea what ankle boots to put with it though! On the M&S site (as they can be delivered), there is a pair of Autograph heeled chelsea boots in black and also a pair of Indigo suede charcoal grey boots. They need to be suitable for daytime walking in City and to be flexible to wear with other things too..........should I stick to black or change up with a dark other colour. I've always found matching footwear to outfits tricky. Also, although i have a fitted black posh cardi for evenings, what to wear with it for a more casual look?"

I've speculated here a little with regards and the skirts and boots that Lisa is talking about here, but M&S have a great selection of boots [just a few below] this autumn, and at really reasonable prices.


And again, the skirt Lisa is talking about I think is number 3 below, but I've also included a few other great skirts that have a similar feel from Ted Baker and Dorothy Perkins.

This style is really flattering and wearable for when the temperature gets a little cooler. Just below the knee and slim at the waist, but wide at the hem, it is a really practical alternative to trousers as it doesn't restrict you and gives you the coverage you need running round after the kids. 

With the boots I think Lisa is spot on, the styles above from M&S are great for wearing with skirts. For most of us a little heel on an ankle boot will look more flattering than completely flat, and go as high as you are comfortable during the day. The shorter style boot can sometimes give the appearance of cutting your legs off short. If you have the confidence a flat boot will look really modern, but can be a little trickier to pull off. Go for a style that is more fitted to the ankle like styles 2, 3, 4 and 5 below, anything too welly-like will look bulky and heavy with the feminine skirt. A pair of dark, preferably thick denier tights looks better in my opinion than anything too sheer or shiny, unless you have the confidence to go bare [as below!].

In terms of the colour, black is always the safe bet, but the maroons, navys and greys this season are really versatile with most colours and as always this depends on how confident you are about mixing and matching your colours. [Lisa, stop worrying about mixing - you have a great eye and always look lovely!].

1. Plum zig zag waffle midi skirt, Dorothy Perkins | SHOP NOW |
2. Rosiah full ballet skirt, Ted Baker | SHOP NOW
3. Textured skirt, H&M | SHOP NOW |


1. Low suede back boot, Hush | SHOP NOW
2. Grey side zip ankle boot, Dorothy Perkins | SHOP NOW |
3. Petra navy boot, Dune | SHOP NOW
4. Suede navy ankle boots, Marks and Spencer | SHOP NOW |
5. Black Lexi pointed boot, Mint Velvet | SHOP NOW |
6. Gold zip boot, La Redoute | SHOP NOW

Finally a great alternative to the fitted cardigan for the weekend is the waterfall card, the coatigan, or the biker style zip cardi all below. To avoid the longer line cardigan looking too frumpy, you can always belt it with a contrasting coloured belt which will accentuate your waist and look modern.

Phew, hope that covers your question and you can find a few ideas here

1. Cosy coatigan, Boden | SHOP NOW |
2. Grey long line card, Mint Velvet | SHOP NOW |
3. Moss stitched cardigan, Farhi by Nicole Farhi | SHOP NOW |
4. Knitted double zip biker, Jigsaw | SHOP NOW |


  1. love this look so much - classic!

  2. Wow! It's a nice post over all. Ankle boots are my favorite kind of boots but my recent concern is buying best work boots for men for my husband. Can anyone provide me any link!please.


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