How to wear boots with your summer dresses

Just because cooler days are on the horizon, doesn't mean you pack up your summer dresses. Wearing boots with dresses is a fun and flirty way to transition your summer wardrobe into fall. Not only will they keep you warm and covered, the look is completely on-trend and fashion-forward.

Cowboy boots

Styling a pair of strong and masculine cowboy boots with a dress sounds intimidating to many. I was no exception. I realized that I could tone down the boyish feel of the boots by pairing them with a fun and playful baby doll dress or a flowy Bohemian dress. A feminine dress balances the whole look and keeps it stylishly together. Opt for a dress that hits above the knee and the boots that reach below for an elongated and slim feel.

Knee-high boots

Fall is the perfect time to flaunt this military-inspired look. Style a summer dress, preferably that complements the season (think jewel and earthy tones or take a safe route with neutral prints) and pair it with your favorite knee-high boots. Wear it with a lightweight, olive green military-inspired (preferably anorak style) jacket for a semi-casual look. Go bare feet if the weather allows or add a pair of opaque tights to the mix to remain fashionably warm.

Lace-up boots

When it comes to the hottest buzz in fall 2012 boots, lace-up boots top the list. Be the rocker chic by pairing a short dress with lightweight tights and lace-up boots. Combat the cool fall days by adding a cropped leather jacket. Make sure that the color of your boots and jacket complement each other, or be the conservative diva by choosing a black jacket.

Ankle boots

When it comes to being a fashion staple, ankle boots have established their position. Versatile among the myriad styles available, I feel that these boots are the easiest to pull off. Whether you like to wear it with stockings or without, you cannot go wrong sporting ankle boots with your dress. Wear it with a feminine dress or a sexy evening dress; the boots will carry you through in style.

Slouchy boots

Among fall's eclectic range of boots, slouchy boots are perhaps the most casual. To style these kind of boots, opt for something nonchalant and every day. Avoid over-dressy outfits to maintain the casual vibe of the look. Check out this fashionista's off-the-cuff styling where she pairs a floral dress with slouchy boots. The jacket is your go-to option to take this outfit from summer to fall.

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