As much enjoyment as you may glean from teetering about in six-inch stilettos, autumn's hautest footwear is infinitely more down to earth. Fall 2015's Chelsea boot trend is both utilitarian and utterly insouciant, providing the wearer with rock n roll style and utmost comfort simultaneously. With their easy, ankle-grazing style, comfortably sturdy heel, and almond toe, Chelsea boots are God's gift to fashionistas suffering from stiletto overdose. Whether paired with slim-cut dark trousers or a mini skirt, one simply can't go wrong with the autumnal staple.
Celebrities, too, are jumping aboard the Chelsea boot trend wagon; the style has long been favored by such tastemakers as Alexa Chung and Miranda Kerr, not to mention the daringly insurrectionist vocalists who first sported the style. But what is the best manner of wearing the trend when one doesn't spend their days courting street style photographers and sprinting between auditions? The answer is simpler than you'd think. Thanks to its streamlined design, the Chelsea boot offers incredible versatility in terms of styling. The boots appear equally heavenly peeking out from underneath ebony skinny jeans and boldly printed maxi skirts, depending upon the occasion. If you're hoping to add Chelsea boots to your fall footwear lineup, scroll through for the best ways to style the trendy design this autumn.
1. '70s Flair
Blue Lapel Pockets Casual Denim Blouse, $23.09, victoriaswing.com | Joe's Jeans Slim Flare Leg Jeans, $179, lordandtaylor.com | River Island Tan Brown Suede Heeled Ankle Boots, $130, us.riverisland.com | Tory Burch Robinson Adjustable Shoulder Bag, $395, bloomingdales.com | Ray-Ban Round-Frame Acetate Sunglasses, $150, net-a-porter.com | Rag & Bone Boyfriend Belt, $160, fwrd.com
Style earth-toned Chelsea boots with a '70s-inspired ensemble composed of trendy flared denim, a crossbody bag, and a chambray button-down. Polish off the ensemble with elegant extras such as tortoiseshell sunglasses and a suede belt.
2. Urban Sophistication
J. Crew Classic Wool Turtleneck Sweater, $85, jcrew.com | Boohoo Roberta Textured Tab Detail Skort, $26, boohoo.com | Equitare Ankle Boot, $120, yoox.com | Milly Sienna Clutch, $189, barneyswarehouse.com | New Coming Mixed Color Oversized Cat Sunglasses, $8.90, romwe.com | Lancome L'Absolu Rouge in Delicate Lace, $30.50, lancome-usa.com
Take your Chelsea boots to the city streets by complementing your pair with a black skort and streamlined black turtleneck. A crimson and noir purse and nude lipstick lend additional oomph to the outfit.
3. Bohemian Beauty
Blaque Label Faux Wrap Romper, $128, ifchic.com | Tommu Hilfiger Chelsea Boots, $99.99, us.tommy.com | Patchington Fringe Crossbody, $48, simplysoles.com | Kayleigh Fedora Hat, $56, us.accessorize.com | Burberry Light Glow in Earthy Blush No. 07, $42, us.burberry.com
Give onlookers wardrobe lust at first blush by donning an ensemble rendered in shades of taupe, beige, and dusty rose. A fringed crossbody bag and a light dusting of peach-hued luminizer lend further allure to the ensemble.
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