Although I am decidedly a summer person, there are upsides to the time of year when the days start getting shorter and the temperatures lower. My favorite of them is the chance to shop for gorgeous new autumn fashions.
Perennial favorites include thigh-length dresses and opaque tights with boots, casual suits, and big cosy jumpers with maxi skirts or slacks. This year, luscious fake fur is very much in, along with animal prints and sheepskin (either real or fake).
As far as ladies footwear is concerned, autumn will always mean boots to me: knee length, thigh length and particularly ankle length, plus ‘shoe boots’ that are a hybrid between the two kinds of footwear.
Continuing the animal theme found in clothing, fake reptile skin is ‘in’ for ankle boots this year, and in general the watchword is ‘flamboyant’. Don’t be afraid to rock it with bright colors, interesting shapes and – if your arches can bear it – sky high heels. Or bling it up with jewels, interesting buckles and other embellishments.
The catwalks have felt a number of all-metallic styles at this year’s shows, but it remains to be seen to what extent this will translate to the high street.
Even if you prefer something plainer, consider a two-tone design. As well as being bang on trend, ankle boots in more than one color will go with a wider variety of different outfits and so potentially save you money (or that’s my excuse, anyway!)
One style I was surprised to love is UGG’s new ankle boots. I always imagine the big chunky womens UGG boots, which are great for staying warm and toasty on a cold winter’s day, but less good for showing off my legs in my favorite autumnal outfits. This year, however, they have branched out by offering a range of elegant heeled ankle boots that look gorgeous with a short skirt and opaque tights.
Another favorite autumn 2012 trend of mine is military styling. The coats and jackets have been around for several seasons now, and footwear is starting to join them. Look out for two-colored styles in traditional red and black or other more exotic combinations, with frogging, piping and bright brass buttons.
Plainer Victorian style boots are harder to find than they were last year, and low to mid heels are also in shorter supply. On the other hand, all these styles are pretty timeless, so if you prefer to go for something like this, you don’t need to worry too much about looking unfashionable.
Essentially, though, Autumn 2012 will be a great season for those who like their footwear, and particularly ankle boots, to take pride of place as the most striking item in their ensemble.
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This post was written by a guest blogger for DangerousLee.Biz.