I recently inherited (from a living relative, don't worry) a gorgeous pair of burgundy riding boots. They look something like this, but in mint condition and redder:
The only thing is: what the hell do I wear with them? They're way sexy for school, so how do I tone them down but without looking like I'm about to jump on a horse? Help!
First of all, sweet mother of jesus you have the best living relatives ever! My grandma got me a dieting book once and I thought that was good. But anyway, I adore riding boots and wear my black ones to bed every night because I can't bear to part with them. I've been looking for a pair this color for awhile, and therefore am almost too overcome with jealousy to write this post.
But I will for you, dear Hannah.
My very favorite (and quite specific) styling for riding boots is to pair them with thick textured tights, a girly dress, and a baggy cardigan. Depending on each specific piece you use with this look, it can be really funky and casual or dressed up.
For example, start with this dress:
Soda Blu Bubble Dress, $72 (15% off with the coupon in the sidebar!), janescloset.com
Add these tights:
MP ribbed cotton tights, $32, sockdreams.com (if you're on a budget, similar styles are available for less at Target, Nordstrom Rack, etc)
And top it off with a slouchy comfy sweater like this one:
I can't guarantee that this cardigan will look as cute over a dress and tights as it does over a naked hipster, but we can hope.
Solid Rib Oversized Long Pocket Cardigan, $38, American Apparel
If your style is a little more boho, try the same combination with a dress like this:
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40's Caplet Dress, on sale for $30, urbn.com
If that idea still feels too dressy, tuck some tight jeans into your boots and wear something on top that's casual and comfy. For fall and winter, a cute hoodie or a baggy sweater (have you picked up on my latest obsession yet?) are perfecto.
Even my readers with cold black hearts have gotta admit that this would be so cute with jeans and burgundy riding boots:
Trees Hoodie, $44.50, delias.com
It doesn't get any better than a cozy men's sweater. Oh, unless it has stripes. And is on sale.
University Stripe Merino Crewneck Sweater, on sale for $50, jcrew.com
Godspeed, my lucky, fabulous-booted friend!