Boots in spring-summer is not a new concept. Think back to Vivienne Westwood’s iconic pirate boots, Isabel Marrant lusted-after fringed leather boot and of course the vintage styles adored by icons such as Kate Moss and Sienna Miller. Gone are the days when the seasons define what we wear with textures and finishes being mixed endlessly not only to maximise the cost-per-wear of our wardrobe staples (which has become a trend itself – we’re all about sustainability now-a-days) but to create our own statement styles to stand out from the crowd.
I’ve always been a boot fanatic. Despite my shortness I’ve forever embraced the ease of ankle boots over a heeled court or a platform. Theres a place and a time of course but for the most part, I favour not only the comfort but the juxtaposition of a floaty dress or skirt with a harder footwear option.
Over recent seasons the luxury design houses appear to have invested time and effort into the detailing of flat ankle boots: think Balenciaga’s sold out Ceinture boot and Givenchy’s studded Pure boots which have filled our insta-feeds recently – and of course, wherever the design houses go, the high street is sure to follow.
Now, I’m aware these boots aren’t particularly new out: The Topshop Amelia Studded Boot has been whirling around the internet (and in my head) for a few months but having purchased a gorgeous chelsea boot from Kurt Geiger at the start of Autumn, I didn’t feel I had room…until now. They’ve been sat in my shopping cart for a while and every time I made a return to the website, my heart would palpitate with the thought of the little red writing appearing advising me Id been too slow “Some items in your basket have sold out. Please remove them to continue”
I took the plunge. And Im not disappointed. They’ve added a new dimension to my already overcrowded wardrobe and offered a new lease of life to some of last seasons items that I can’t bear to part with just yet.
They’re versatile, perfect for the upcoming festival season and super comfy.
Look 1. Tailoring mix – simple and easy. Mixing seasonal coloured Topshop tailoring with distressed denim and a white ASOS shirt.
Tailored blazer from Topshop (circa 2011), Exaggerated sleeve blouse, Fairleigh High waist slim leg mum jeans (customised) and fishnet ankle socks all ASOS (current season). See the list below for links to actual (where possible) and similar items from both high-end and high street.
NB – anyone vertically challenged like me I’d strongly recommend going for the petite version of these featured ASOS jeans – those worn are the standard range and far too long in the body for my 5’3 frame!
Topshop AMELIA Studded Boots • Topshop • £85
Givenchy 20mm Prue Studded Leather Ankle Boots • Givenchy • £900
Sandro Slim-fit woven blazer • Sandro • £280
Blush bow sleeve blazer • Miss Selfridge • £39
Asos Soft Lux Longerline Occasion Blazer • Asos • £16.50
Pimkie Tailored Blazer • Pimkie • £24.99
Asos Blouse With Exaggerated Sleeve • Asos • £34
Asos Farleigh Slim Mom Jeans In Prince Light Wash With Busted Knees • Asos • £35
Asos Petite Farleigh Slim Mom Jeans In Prince Light Wash With Busted Knees • Asos • £35
Asos Micronet Fishnet Ankle Socks • Asos • £4
Asos 2 Pack Oversized Fishnet Ankle Socks • Asos • £6
Look 2. Check mate: By simply adding a shirt dress (possibly the oldest high street piece I own – H&M circa 2004) over the jeans, boots and socks and a pair of prada sunnies, the look is transformed into a cool take on both gingham and layering trends for the season.
I’ve found some similar gingham tunics/shirt dresses below – sunglasses also linked too. For the jeans, boots and socks see look 1 links.
Gingham tunic • J.Crew • £44
Vero Moda Gingham Smock Dress • Vero Moda • £30
Toga Gingham cotton-blend dress • Toga • £695
Warehouse Gingham Popper Dress • Warehouse • £42
Altuzarra Yuma gingham crepe shirt dress • Altuzarra • £1,180
Fred Perry Authentic Gingham Shirt Dress • Fred Perry • £90
Therapy Lacey gingham cold shoulder frill dress • Therapy • £38
Prada PR51SS Mirrored round-frame sunglasses • Prada • £222
Look 3. Toughened hardware from the boots makes this folk embroidered Zara dress less feminine and instantly more wearable. I’ve had this dress in my closet since last autumn and I’ve yet to wear it, but now the perfect pairing has been established I can see this being given the light of day it deserves. Plus, Zara have released a newer version of this which I’ll link below for you.
Boots and socks as before
New SS17 white version from Zara here
Alternatives in black below:
Temperley London – Mini Aura Embroidered Silk-blend Chiffon And Lace Mini Dress – Black • Temperley London • £995
Lottie Embroidered Smock Dress • Boohoo • £22
Isabel Marant Maggy embroidered suede tunic • Isabel Marant • £650
Frock And Frill Petite Premium Embroidered Cold Shoulder Mini Shift Dress • £125
Sister Jane Embroidered Dress With Bow • Sister Jane • £72
Plus Danni Embroidered Swing Dress • Boohoo • £22
Club L Rose Embroidered Skater Dress • Club L • £25
Matthew Williamson – Sakura Embroidered Silk Crepe De Chine Midi Dress – Black • Matthew Williamson • £595
Look 4. Frills and feminism…what a juxtaposition! This Tee & Cake t-shirt (sold in Topshop) is super instagrammable and the flattering form of these H&M studio knit frill hem trousers falls so seamlessly over the Amelia boot. Made more casual by a denim shirt (ASOS) worn as a jacket or simply tied around the waist.
Boots and socks as before.
H&M Studio trousers featured in a previous post (click here to see this) sold out – alternatives below. Ive also included some more high-end logo tees from Prabal Gurung if Topshop isn’t your cup of tee! (pun intended).
Feminist T-Shirt by Tee & Cake • £18
Emma Feminist Slogal T-Shirt Dress • Boohoo • £12
Prabal Gurung This Is What A Feminist Looks Like jersey T-shirt • Prabal Gurung • £155
Prabal Gurung My boyfriend is a feminist jersey T-shirt • Prabal Gurung • £155
Prabal Gurung My girlfriend is a feminist jersey T-shirt • Prabal Gurung • £155
Altuzarra Taos ruffled wide-leg crepe trousers • Altuzarra • £615
Topshop Mermaid Frill Flare Trousers • Topshop • £22
JOHN RICHMOND Casual trouser • John Richmond • £87
Sofie Ruffle Hem Cord Cropped Trousers • Boohoo • £9
Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini Gathered Stripes Viscose Pants W/ Lace • £405
Diesel Wide Leg Cotton Jersey Trousers • Diesel • £130
Ellery Revolver Flared Textured Silk Pants • Ellery • £318
Sandro Frilled-hem cropped trousers • Sandro • £175
Asos Denim Shirt In Cali Light Wash • Asos • £20
Asos Denim Shirt With Stepped Collar And Hem • Asos • £30
Denim and Supply Ralph Lauren Boyfriend fit denim shirt • Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren • £40
Tommy Hilfiger Denim Western Shirt • Tommy Hilfiger • £80
Look 5. Mixing up a Parisian outfit with studded boots adds a second dimension to this look. Whilst a block heeled mule or a court shoe would look particularly chic, I love the combination of the Amelia boot with the more delicate fabric of this H&M skirt and Zara breton stripe top. This vintage trench creates a cinched waist and adds a layer of protection for spring time in the UK.
Boots and socks as before.
H&M’s newest version of this skirt is here.
Alternatives here for the Vintage trench and stripe top:
Sharon Wauchob Double-breasted satin trench coat • Sharon Wauchob • £1,295
Brave Soul Belted Trench Coat • Brave Soul • £30
Jaeger Classic Trench Coat • Jaeger • £227
Asos Trench With Split Back • Asos • £32.50
Asos Petite Mac With Waterfall Detail • Asos • £70
Selected Femme Laureen Trench Coat, Roasted Cashew • Selected • £115
Ymc Classic Trench Coat • YMC • £175
Burberry The Sandringham long cotton-gabardine trench coat • Burberry • £1,295
Miss Selfridge Crepe Mac, Camel • Miss Selfridge • £38.50
Miu Miu – Belted Cotton-blend Gabardine Trench Coat – Sand • Miu Miu • £1,240
Saint Laurent – Striped Cotton-jersey Top – Red • Saint Laurent • £385
Burberry Unisex Pallas Heads Motif Breton Stripe Cotton Top • Burberry • £295
Rag & Bone Arrow striped jersey top • Rag & Bone • £150
MADE IN FRANCE Striped T-Shirt, Made in France • £35
R essentiel Striped T-Shirt • £11.40–19
R essentiel Striped Heavyweight Cotton T-Shirt • £19
Look 6. The White Dress. Self Portrait Frill Shoulder dress (SS16). Newer versions available now (also on my hit list!) The delicate crochet – the chiffon frill both work a treat alongside the hard, studded details of the Amelia boot.
Boots and socks as before.
Self-Portrait High Neck Star Lace Panelled dress • Self-Portrait • £255
Self-Portrait – Guipure Lace • Self-Portrait • £280
Self-Portrait Dress with Lace and Ruffles • Self-Portrait • £229
Self-Portrait Dot Mesh Lace & Crepe Mini Dress • Self-Portrait • £240
Self-Portrait Cotton Poplin & Lace Mini Dress • Self-Portrait • £250
Hope you enjoyed this post – enjoy the rest of your bank holiday weekend if you’re in the UK