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26 December 2008

I woke up this morning, following my daily routine (I think I can skip through the whole brushing my teeth process): brewing a cup of tea, eating a banana, checking my e-mail. Upon scanning my inbox, I saw a rather urgent email, titled H E L P ! Of course I opened it, to read this:

dont know where to start with these boots. What do I wear with them. Could you help me with an outfit .. PLEASE?!?!?!?! (-her-)

I present you with the boots behind the urgency. Drumroll please…


First my darling (sorry I don’t know your name!), take a deep breath. Of course I will help you to the best of my abilities with what to wear with these boots! We all have these moments where we buy a wonderful statement piece, bring it home triumphantly, and cannot hold in the excitement to wear them. Come time to actually wear it, we don’t know what to wear with it!

Second, I love these boots. The shape is fantastic; the little wedge perfect, the material giving just enough shine, and the straps adding the right amount of detail. I applaud you for choosing such a unique colored boot – not many would have been brave enough to! Since this boot is not your ordinary black-brown-what have you colored boot, it’s best to make this shoe your statement piece.

Casual: First try by keeping your outfit simple – tee, jeans, bag. It’s the easiest way to not overwhelm yourself and show off those great new boots! Tuck a pair of medium or dark wash skinny/fitted jeans into the boot. The first outfit below with the white tee-shirt instantly gives the outfit a bohemian vibe, with the help of a brown leather belt, aviators, and a fringe bag. Any brown bag would work well. And if you’re feeling brave enough, add a hippie inspired headband for a true boho look! The second outfit, pictured with the black tee gives the entire ensemble a different vibe; a bit more sophisticated, with a fun touch.



Accessorize: This is the perfect time to go shopping for some new accessories; costume jewelry comes in hand! When wearing a statement piece in a bold or unusual color, accent it with jewelry of the same color. For example, turquoise rings or a necklace would finish off the entire look, bringing together the entire palette. Piling on colorful bangles from affordable stores like Forever 21 would be great addition the the outfit. With this particular color, I’m envisioning either a Givenchy-inspired look with layers of gold chains over a plain top – gold contrasts and highlights the teal. A pop of this aqua-teal color would bring fluidity to the look, tying the boots into the ensemble as a whole.


Dressing Up: These boots are a bit casual on their own, but nonetheless, they can be dressed up for a more formal occasion (or if you choose to, just because). This is when the versatile little black dress comes in handy. There are so many different shapes and styles out there to choose from; and if you like a myriad of options, then, once again, Forever 21 is your best friend! The tee-shirt dress is always a super fun alternative to a regular dress; its cheeky, a bit playful; and would look perfect paired with those boots! Cinch your waist with a skinny belt; I think the look is best achieved with the longer ones where it wraps around twice. For regular dresses, I suggest sticking with jersey fabrics; they are the easiest to work with, and give the LBD a more casual feel. Look for dresses with bubble hems or a looser fit around the waist; not only does it work well for any body shape and type, but it also contrasts the leg-hugging boot! Sweater dresses would be quite adorable as well. The options:


So, don’t fret my dear! I hope this helps the little rut you’re in; if you’re looking for a more specific outfit, feel free to ask anytime!


La C.

35 Comments leave one →
  1. 26 December 2008 11:36 am

    Perfect help. The boots are cool. ;)With a simple costume the best ones. (first pic) I adore the owls. I desire single Chanel owl necklace. LOL!

    Happy Holiday La C!

    xoxo: Janet

  2. 26 December 2008 12:45 pm

    Hi there-what a perfect reply to this dilemma!! I love the choices you’ve shown, particularly the accessories, all so gorgeous! Hope you had a good xmas too!

  3. thebaglady permalink
    26 December 2008 12:50 pm

    i agree with shannon rose! this was a perfect advice! i love how your advice is always so well written & so kind! & it’s general too; i’ll definitely look to this post for help in the future!

    hope you had a great xmas!

  4. 26 December 2008 1:26 pm

    I know this problem! but you had some amazing solutions! I like the mix btwn the blue and gold…and mis the boots with the classi black dresses!

    u did a great job


    wish you some nice rest christmas day

  5. 26 December 2008 3:04 pm

    i love the color of the boots, the look great

  6. 26 December 2008 3:57 pm

    thank you for your lovely comment honey!! 🙂
    and yes, I definitely recommend the book, full of lovely things!

    and ahh I love this post! you’re like a little agony aunt! 😀
    great ideas by the way!

    hope you had a great chistmas!

  7. 26 December 2008 4:12 pm

    Wow, I love how you’ve styled the boots!

  8. 26 December 2008 4:57 pm

    I agree! The boots are beautiful. If only I could wear boots – my calves are a bit too *ahem* robust! Hehe.

  9. The Seeker permalink
    26 December 2008 5:16 pm

    Wow great solutions!!
    Love those accessories.
    Hope you’re having a happy hplidays season


  10. 26 December 2008 5:46 pm

    Love all these solutions! Those boots would look fantastic with dark skinnies too…

    Hope you had a fabulous Christmas, darling La C! Mine was splendid; thanks for your wonderful well wishes and consistently thoughtful and insightful comments!


  11. 26 December 2008 5:53 pm

    Love your outfits. The owl pendant is perfect!

  12. 26 December 2008 6:24 pm

    those boots can be great accessories to add a pop of brightness. great choices.

  13. 26 December 2008 9:31 pm

    now i know who to turn to when i have fashion dilemmas hahah 😉

  14. 26 December 2008 10:36 pm

    Ooo i LOVE THOSE Boots! Too cute!

  15. 26 December 2008 11:01 pm

    love those boots, the color is great–great choice, love the first one the most or the black sheer tank. hope u had a great xmas. xo

  16. 27 December 2008 12:27 am

    email her back and ask where we can get those darling boots!

  17. 27 December 2008 1:03 am

    those boots are so fabulous! what a dilemma to have!

  18. 27 December 2008 2:02 am

    Great advice post!

  19. 27 December 2008 2:12 am

    i think it’s so sweet that you helped this reader with her wardrobe dilemma! i like all of your ideas!

  20. 27 December 2008 2:18 am

    I love that turqoise color.
    I certainly think you managed to help her. Very thorough post. 🙂

  21. 27 December 2008 4:41 am

    oh my gosh, such a fun post! i am for sure going to email you the next time i buy something amazing and then have no idea how to fit it into my wardrobe. which is something i do quite often, actually. wonderful, adorable suggestions! i also think the boots would look great with colored tights (say in a rosey or plum hue) and a slightly funky grey or brown dress. but i always go for color.

  22. 27 December 2008 10:34 am

    I want boots like that also now! I love the outfits, both the casual and the formal ones<333

  23. 27 December 2008 11:05 am

    wow I think you helped her so much. these boots are really really lovely and your outfits are perfect for wearing them. Wonderful my dear!

    ❤ melmo

  24. 27 December 2008 12:14 pm

    that is so sweet of you – only you would give such on-point (and visual) comprehensive styling

  25. 27 December 2008 12:30 pm

    wow. what fab advice. 🙂 forever 21 is everyone’s best friend, even if they don’t know it.

  26. 27 December 2008 12:36 pm

    Me and Rach are doing a “how would you wear it?” post soon! And it features boots too! How timely! Perhaps you would offer some of your awesome fashion sense for when we do post it?

    Your ideas are great! That colour is quite tough to work with, but you made it work! Cheers to you babe! :)))

    SEAH! :p

  27. 27 December 2008 3:18 pm

    these boots are amazing and your help is very useful! xOxO

  28. 27 December 2008 3:42 pm

    How nice of you to help her. You give great tips and make very noce collage´s 🙂

  29. 27 December 2008 5:15 pm

    Turquoise. Always a beautiful touch.

    You’re welcome for the email, dear. 🙂

    I heart that photo of Hilary Rhoda below. xx

    Merry Noel! 🙂

  30. 27 December 2008 11:14 pm

    oh gosh, LOVE the color of that boot and i heart the first dress. love all the details on an all black dress.

  31. 27 December 2008 11:45 pm

    i love your idea of brown and turquoise together:) those boots would be great with a short brown floral print boho dress:) i especially like that cute little turquoise owl pendant:)

  32. 28 December 2008 1:10 am

    all great picks
    i love the owl necklace especially.

  33. 28 December 2008 6:03 am

    to all: thank you for leaving such sweet comments! i do hope it helped the particular reader!

    La C.

    wishing you all a lovely weekend!

  34. 28 December 2008 2:07 pm

    wow. i absolutely LOVE the 2 sets you put together!!! ‘m tempted to get some turqoise boots myself.:p you added just the right touch of everything. maybe i’ll come to you for fashion advice next:p


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