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fall boots

Photo: Fervent-adepte-de-la-mode

I love summer for its abundance of sundresses, strappy sandals, and sea salt sprays. But for me, nothing could possibly beat fall’s wardrobe possibilities. Think of the snuggly sweaters, oh-so-adorable tights, and boots. Oh, the boots. Has any fashion item ever been so chic and practical? Who doesn’t wish to forego shaving their legs for a couple extra days? These are my top boot picks for cute fall boots, and some creative ways to style them. Pumpkin spice latte and crunchy leaves not included.

1. L.L. Bean Boots

ll bean boots

$139, amazon.com

Nothing says fall is here quite like iconic boots from L.L. Bean. And the very best part? You can wear them straight through fall and into winter.

Style these boots with classic, Northeastern flair. L.L. Bean is based in Maine, so their fashions suit the outdoors-y, yet put-together style that’s synonymous with New England. A pair of skinny jeans are a classic piece that let your boots shine. A comfortable button down layered with a practical (yet so on-trend) down vest, is the perfect combination for fickle autumn weather. Finally, a slightly embellished gold bracelet adds just the right amount of polish. Warning: this outfit is so stylish and comfy, you may find yourself wearing some iteration of it all season long.

2.  Rain Boots and Wellingtons

Fall can be many things, and rainy is certainly one of them. If you’re going to have to step into rain puddles, make sure you’re doing it in style!

When you’re dressing for a downpour, fun and sweet patterns are a great way to combat dreary, gray skies. Get extra wear out of a sundress and pair it with a timeless trench coat. Dresses are a good choice for rainy days and let you bypass the whole wet-jeans situation. I can’t be the only one who hates wet jean cuffs, right? A lightly tinted lip balm and some whimsical jewelry are the ideal finishing touches for an outfit that will keep you smiling through the storms.

3. Chelsea Boots

I love the Chelsea style of boot because it has a really edgy, chic vibe. Incorporate girly touches that offset the boot’s militaristic style.

Wear shorts in the fall and pair them with fun, quirky tights. For extra shorts inspiration, see Rachel Bilson in Hart of Dixie. She absolutely rocks them. Opt for a sweater with an eye-catching design detail like a bow pattern in a knit fabric for a very tongue-in-cheek way to wear an extra-girly piece. A book clutch and some understated gold heart earrings top off this look, but feel free to really have fun with your accessories. There are so many unique clutches and pieces of jewelry on the market right now, especially on crafty sites like Etsy. Can you say shopping spree?

4. Riding Boots

frye women's riding boot

$347, nordstrom.com

The riding boot trend has been around for awhile, and for good reason! These things are ridiculously comfy on days when your bed is so warm, and the outside world is so cold. Pair them with one of the hottest runway trends of the season and give this wardrobe staple a whole new look.

Fair isle and Nordic-inspired sweaters have been all over the runways for the fall and winter shows from designers like Burberry and Tommy Hilfiger. If you opt for a slouchy, over-sized sweater, pair it with a skirt that highlights your legs. It can be easy to lose your figure in sweaters and sweats once colder weather comes around. But, you can wear skirts in warm materials like wool, and definitely stay fashionable and warm. Cute stud earrings and a swipe of neutral nail polish top off this versatile look that you can rock from a shopping trip to a coffee date.

What are your favorite boots for fall?

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