Over the weekend I received an e-mail from reader Ginny, who’d found a great pair of biker boots and was wondering how to style them for the workplace, taking into account a daily commute that includes public transport and some walking.
Provided you don’t work in a very conservative environment, today’s more relaxed dress codes make boots, even more edgy styles like these, a viable option. (Once I’ve found my perfect pair, I certainly plan to wear them to the office!) The looks above are a starting point; here are some additional thoughts:
- You’ll want to keep the look balanced. The “tougher” the boots, the less refined or fussy the other pieces should be. But that doesn’t mean you should wear leather and studs head to toe; rather, as with animal prints, we probably want to stick with one biker-esque piece at a time especially at work. I’d opt for knits rather than strictly tailored pieces to soften and balance the overall look. A bit of texture helps too, but it doesn’t need to be as pronounced as what I’ve shown above.
- Keep the legwear lean and narrow. Skinny or slim-leg jeans, jeggings (if you can tolerate them), slim ponte knit pants, leggings or opaque tights will work best.
- Accessories that are too dainty, traditional or structured will look out of place. While I’m all about mixing up masculine and feminine elements, that single short strand of pearls won’t work here. (Check out yesterday’s guest post by Duchesse for some great jewelry options.) Bags should be a bit “laid back,” not too conservative, ladylike, structured or polished, and keep the detailing simple.
- Remember to treat and waterproof your leather boots if you’ll be wearing them in wet or snowy weather.
All of this reflects my own style aesthetic; YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary) of course. Do you wear biker or equestrian boots to work? If so, how do you style them?
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