I love that you guys think so much of me that you send me emails and tweets asking me where to find things or how to style stuff in your closet that you can't figure out how to wear. It also makes me question your sanity, as you seem to forget that I am also the one constantly suggesting stupid stuff for you to wear just for the fun of it.
I’ve gotten a few requests for biker boot recommendations recently. The babes that asked me are clearly very smart, because I am a boot connoisseur. I wear boots year round, with any outfit, to any event. I also wear them for safety at work on set. (If you'd had a wardrobe rack stuffed full of clothes rolled over your foot, you’d be wearing boots every day too. Clothes are HEAVY.) Biker boots in particular have been big for the last few seasons, and they aren't going away any time soon.
It's not often that a fashion trend actually also has some functionality behind it -- boots protect your footsies from all sorts of mishaps: rattlesnake bites, broken toes due to kicking a rock while running barefoot, having your foot crushed by a horse who stepped on it, or dropping a giant jar of pickles on your foot, resulting in a week on crutches. These are all injuries requiring medical attention that have occurred to either myself or persons in my immediate family, every one of which could have been prevented by simply wearing some cool boots!
Photo via Mode Prive.
My friend Ashley Argota has been bugging me for months now to help her find a replacement for a pair of brown motorcycle boots I gave her years ago.
Ashley and I at the wrap party for our last show.
Here's the photo she sent me along with this message:
"Do you remember giving me these? I LOVE them and have worn them almost to death. I don't know what I'm going to do when they eventually fall apart! Can you help me find a replacement? PRETTY PLEASEEEEEE!!!"
I originally bought those boots for her at Target, can you believe it? They have held up so well! Ashley is a petite girl, so she loves a boot that hits her mid calf. A good mid-calf height boot flatters and elongates shorter legs.
Ariat brown mid calf boot, $182.69.
This is a slightly more grown-up version of her boots. I love the suede and leather contrast as well as the buckle detail on this pair. The late 70s feeling of cognac colored leather is a nice addition to your wardrobe if you don't already have a pair in this shade.
I see why she loved the original boots I gave her -- their utter simplicity makes them easy to wear with anything. This pair adds an extra strap to the mix, but otherwise are just as simple.
Brown suede shortie motorcycle boot, $47.99.
I also got a tweet from the lovely @librarian_anna looking for motorcycle style boots for her impending move to rainy Seattle.
I knew instantly what to suggest -- as these are my personal go-to boots for the handful of rainy days we actually have here in Los Angeles.
Frye shortie harness boots, $228.00
I think the classic harness style boots by Frye are great for the rain for 2 reasons: 1) they have a stacked heel that gives you a lift above the rain puddles, and 2) the heavy leather is actually very water-resistant against stray raindrops. You can’t stomp in a puddle and expect them not to be soaked, though -- that’s what plastic rain boots are for. I coat my leather boots in Obenauf's Heavy Duty Leather Preservative, it works wonders to repel the elements.
I love the square toe of harness style boots, as they are a great contrast to a super-feminine outfit. They are as cute with dresses as they are with cropped ankle length jeans. Frye boots are not cheap, but you only have to buy them once. They last FOREVER! These are another cute choice to bring a little fun into a gloomy Seattle day:
Steve Madden studded boots, $149.00.
I keep thinking that I am SO OVER everything being all studded out, but now I realize that I will probably never get sick of studs when they are on boots.
All of this looking at motorcycle boots for other people led me to these amazing cowboy/motorcycle boot hybrid beauties:
Frye tall pull-on boot, $398.00.
I'm not sure how long I can put off buying them.
If you are looking for something specific or have an item in your closet that you don’t know how to style, ask me! Send me your ideas, thoughts, questions, photos and conundrums. I'm all ears.