We've already mastered fall's unofficial uniform with some insanely chic sweater-and-skirt combos (23 of them, in fact), but every great look mandates equally great footwear. And to find the best possible pairing, we took style cues from Hollywood's chicest and chronicled every kind of boot, from over-the-knee to ankle-high, that work best with varying hem lengths.
Taylor Swift’s gingham print Oscar de la Renta number may seem demure, thanks to its below-the-knee hemline, but the musician took matters into her own hands and stepped into a pair of sleek Oxford booties. The shape and the skinny heel elongated (rather than shortened) her stems, creating the illusion of enviably long, lean legs.
From shin-grazing frocks to mini thigh-baring shift dresses, find out which complementary star-approved boots go hand-in-hand.
1. Below-the-Knee Pencil + Oxford BootiesGet Taylor Swift's enviable long legs, even in a demure below-the-knee pencil skirt, by stepping into sleek Oxford booties-the shape and heel elongate (rather than shorten) your stems. Shop the look-alike pieces below:
Top: Mango, $40; mango.com
Skirt: Zara, $60; zara.com
Booties: Burberry London, $850; mytheresa.com
4. Tea-Length Column + Center-Slit BootieShin-grazing hems are one of this season's hottest silhouettes. Create the illusion of more leg with a sexy split-front bootie, like Lizzy Caplan's. Shop look-alike pieces below:
Top: Jonathan Simkhai, $445; net-a-porter.com
Skirt: Sandro, $315; sandro-paris.com
Bootie: Vince Camuto, $325; vincecamuto.com
5. Striped Shift + Thigh-High BootsInvite a sliver (just a sliver!) of skin with a mini shift dress and thigh-high suede boots for a casual off-duty look, a la Diane Kruger. Still too revealing for your taste? Shrug on a long overcoat to top it off. Shop look-alike pieces below:
Dress: Cos, $69; cosstores.com
Boots: Sigerson Morrison, $795; sigersonmorrison.com