Wednesday, March 4, 2015

How I Wear My: Booties

Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a budget).

Booties are such a wardrobe staple—we bet you have at least two pairs in your closet—that it seemed high time Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a budget) and I featured them in a “How I Wear My” post. They look great with pants, skirts, dresses, even shorts, and can be dressy, casual or anything in between. They may be the hardest working shoe in your collection!

Do note all the touches of animal print here, which really helped enliven the entire post. Enjoy!

Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a budget), above, my lovely “How I Wear My” partner, writes, “I am wearing an asymmetrical crewneck sweater by Stella Carakasi (from a couple of seasons ago) which I love, black faux leather leggings, and low-heeled suede booties from Boden that have really gotten a workout since I got them last fall. They are very comfortable and go with practically everything I wear.” She is carrying a wonderful Adora bag, handcrafted in Italy.

This is such a great outfit on Adrienne and I love all the accessories, from the booties to the jewelry to the bag. The accessory I may be most jealous of right now, however, is the sun!

Greetje of No Fear of Fashion.

Greetje of No Fear of Fashion says, “As I get older (nearly 61), I find it more difficult to style skirts and dresses. A lot depends on the shoes you wear with them. I happen to have a bad (old lady) taste in shoes, so I always opt for pumps, which seldom elevates a skirt outfit to a contemporary look. With these silver/bronze/golden booties I hope I have done well.”

I love this look on Greetje and I especially love those Hoss Intropia booties! The fact that she calls them silver/bronze/golden reminds me of an episode of The Rachel Zoe Project where one of her assistants joked Rachel’s favorite color was “gilver”—a blend of gold and silver. I love Greetje’s smile in this great shot her husband took of her featuring graffiti art in Amsterdam. Why not have Albert Einstein in your fashion photo?

Pam of Over 50 Feeling 40.

Pam of Over 50 Feeling 40 looks fantastic in this unusual print top worn with a multi-strand necklace, a pair of black pants and BP Trolley Booties. This is my new favorite picture of her!

Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb.

Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb is so ready for the city in this terrific ensemble of a Zara coat (half leopard, half black, 100% cool), denim, Asos booties and a baseball cap. I love this look!

Nora of Jacket Society.

Nora of Jacket Society writes, “I am wearing our own brand-new Stephanie jacket in off-white with my Zara fringe leather skirt and Trouvé booties, plus a couple of Jacket Society necklaces with pearls available on our website.”

You all know by now what a big fan I am of the 1920s look. This is like an updated and edgy Gatsby ensemble on Nora and I just love it!

Malia of Style by Malia.

Malia of Style by Malia says, “I love my leopard print ‘Jetset’ Booties from Nine West. I wear them a ton. I paired them for a work look with my navy ‘Kady’ pants from Eloquii and this spring green trench from Ashley Stewart.”

What a great look on Malia! I am a big fan of green with navy to begin with and the leopard booties kick the whole outfit up a notch. Malia’s outfit gives me hope that spring is coming…

Linda of A Labour of Life.

Linda of A Labour of Life says, “Leopard and Plaid are two of my favorite neutrals. On a serious note I do love the look of the two patterns together.”

I do too, there is something about red plaid and leopard that just works, and I like the way Linda has worn them here, especially with the addition of the big pearl necklace.

Susan of High Heels in the Wilderness.

Susan of High Heels in the Wilderness writes, “This is a shot of me trying to decide if I want to wear flared jeans again. Sooo not sure about that trend. Too many flashbacks to my university days in the 70s. I’m wearing my Paige boot-cut jeans (that look more like flares), my favorite Akris chocolate brown leather jacket, and my brown suede Prada booties. I invested in these a few years ago...and still love them.”

I vote that Susan stick with the flared jeans. They seem very modern to me and make her legs look a mile long! The Prada booties (And that jacket! And that scarf!) are the perfect addition(s).

Alice of Happiness at Mid-Life.

Alice of Happiness at Mid-Life says, “These booties are from Target and are my favorite shoes for walking all day.”

I really love this neutral look on Alice, especially that she punched up the glam factor with the great jewelry, dark manicure, and Tory Burch bag. Alice calls this her idea of a great weekend uniform and I agree!

Gracey of Fashion For Giants.

Gracey of Fashion For Giants is wearing a thrifted skirt, turtleneck sweater, and cape. Her belt is Michael Michael Kors and the booties are Sole Society. Such a feminine and elegant winter look on Gracey, I do love a gal in a plaid circle skirt!

Trina of Tea Time With Trina.

Trina of Tea Time With Trina says, “This is a pair of some trusty older booties which I put on when an outfit just needs a little fun edge. They just seemed to belong with the rest of the ensemble.”

I love these unusual boots on Trina—check out that pointed toe, as well as the sharp cut in the vamp!—and I like how the coloring mirrors her tipped blazer.

Ana of Mrs. American Made.

Ana of Mrs. American Made writes, “This is a neutral-colored outfit featuring a #madeinUSA snuggly sweater with a hand-knit hat and scarf and casual skinny jeans - these booties are everyday brown leather with a medium heel height. This is a perfect example of what I would wear on a regular day running errands around town and picking up kids.”

I can tell you from my many years’ experience as a stay-at-home mother that Ana is one chic mom-about-town. I wish even a quarter of the moms I see day in and day out looked like this at school pick-up. It would give me such a lift!

Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun.

Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun is wearing a pair of calf hair Steven Madden zebra booties. She says, “When I wear these wild boots, I tend to keep everything else simple (and take a pair of flats with me).”

These are such great booties Dawn Lucy owns, I really like them on her, and I can appreciate why flats would be a handy thing to have on hand!


Our new friend Armuta pairs her booties with black tights and a vivid red plaid dress. I like the addition of a long necklace, a chunky bracelet, black bag, and dark manicure to give this romantic look a hint of edge.

Jane of Toronto Shopoholic.

Jane of Toronoto Shopoholic says of her open-toed booties, “It will be wishful thinking that I will be able to wear these in March but you never know!”

Fingers crossed that she gets to because I think Jane (and I) could use some warm weather. I love her neutral coat paired with these booties and the glamorous touch of a leopard clutch, dark sunglasses, big bracelet, and a bright red lip. J’adore!


Dianne is wearing a pair of boyfriend jeans with her cage booties, as well as a gorgeous Anthropologie silk jacket she found on eBay! She wore this when she was the live auctioneer for a fundraising event to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She writes, “I am a three-time survivor of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and we raised a ton of money that night!”

Raising money in style for a great cause, as a survivor—it doesn’t get any better than that!

Teresa. Photograph by Denton Taylor.

Teresa, wife of photographer Denton Taylor, is wearing a pair of Rag & Bone booties, a Christmas gift from Denton a couple of years ago. The white silk pants are by Jennifer Capriati.

Since Teresa lives in Manhattan she’s probably inside because it’s been freezing (and snowy!) in NYC for many weeks now. As for the Rag & Bone booties, they are so cool, and I bet they are the exact ones I read all the moms in Tribeca, not to mention supermodel Christy Turlington, love to wear (Actually, Christy is the one who said this. I read it in a magazine.).

Amy of Denim & Dots.

Amy of Denim & Dots writes, “These red booties from Sole Society have been a go-to this season! I’m only disappointed I wasn’t able to get them in more colors before they sold out. So comfortable and the red helps add a pop of color to neutral outfits.”

I never get tired of black and white (do note that beautiful jeweled collar) so I love this outfit on Amy, especially with the unexpected addition of red booties!

Jodie of Jodie’s Touch of Style.

Jodie of Jodie’s Touch of Style writes, “Living in Denver, Colorado we have warm weather one day and cold the next almost every month! I like wearing my booties at this time of year with ankle gets me in the mood for spring, yet keeps me toasty (the scarf helps with that also.). These are some of my favorite booties because since they are low around my ankle I can wear them with dresses too.”

I think this is great transitional style from Jodie—a bit of winter and a bit of spring, rolled into one. I especially love that blue scarf around a neutral striped top and those neutral booties!

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo.

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo writes, “I am a bit of a bootie and boot hoarder. I dare not count just how many I own. I often wear them year-round. I find them much easier to wear than most high-heeled shoes as my narrow heels don’t slip out of them.”

I not only love Suzanne’s boho vibe here but I also completely understand what she is talking about regarding the fit of booties—I too find them a lot easier to wear since there is no chance I am going to step out of them, which has happened with other kinds of shoes! Has that ever happened to you?

Deja of Une femme d’un certain âge.

Deja of Une femme d’un certain âge says, “I’m counting these peep-toe slingbacks as booties. Here in Southern California, these are wearable nine months out of the year. These are Clark’s from last year, and I love that wooden heel.”

I love that wooden heel too, and in fact I love this whole ethereal look on Deja, especially that amazing scarf!

Here is the Brooklyn (and 25 degree weather) take on what Deja is wearing:

Photo by G. Keresty.

Booties are my go-to shoe when I’m going out, whether it’s meeting friends for drinks or going to a press preview at a museum. They look so great with pants and are a lot easier for me to walk in for long city blocks than a high-heeled pump.

These wedge booties are from Calvin Klein and I’m wearing them with a coat from J. Crew, black Gap pants, a L’Wren Scott for Banana Republic peony print scarf (a lucky eBay find), and my YSL Tribute tote in aubergine patent that I love for it’s slim side profile. The red leather gloves are from Lord & Taylor and lined in silk. They always cheer me up in late winter!

Photo by G. Keresty.

We had a rare sunny day last week and while hunting around for Gwynne’s car (a time-honored tradition in Brooklyn, wondering where you parked your car), Gwynne got these shots over the Prospect Expressway. A little urban grit for you!

Love these booties, love this YSL tote! Photo by G. Keresty.

For April, let’s focus on layers! If you start with a basic shirt or dress and begin piling on a sweater, a jacket, a scarf and jewelry until you have a beautiful and unique look we want to hear from you! Join us for “How I Wear My: Layers” by sending a photo to us at by March 30, 2015. Don’t forget to include a few details of all the lovely layers you are wearing!

Do swing by Adrienne’s to see even more fabulous looks featuring booties.

And THANK YOU to all the fine foxes who participated this month!


une femme said...

So many great booties here and ways to style them! Thanks again Jill for hosting this monthly party, and you look fabulous. Love that YSL.

Suzanne Carillo said...

Lots of bootie inspiration.

I must say you are doing wonderful layered look Jill! LOVE it.

I'm kind of in love with Trina's look too.

I walk out of my shoes all the time. That is why often I wear Mary Janes, or boots as I mentioned : ) I think people with narrow heels are more prone to this problem.

Alice Warren said...

i love all the different booties and looks. Thank you for putting this together.


Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

Adrienne Shubin said...

Wonderful looks this month. I love Suzanne's fringed shawl look and Dianne's caged booties are so hot!
And I adore your street style photos. I bet you turn lots of heads walking around NYC!
Thanks for all your hard work. Here's to Layers next time!
xoxox, A

Amy Affronti said...

Love all the looks with booties! Makes me want to pull my leopard pair out. Thanks so much for hosting!

jodie filogomo said...

How fun to be included in your monthly looks! Can't wait for the next one!! Jodie

Anonymous said...

Can you believe all those fun and stylish boots? Wow! I so enjoyed seeing a few more photos of you this time and especially in action. The boots are a perfect fit with your cropped pants, so very very stylish and I would agree a much easier way of walking around town. So glad the sun decided to come out for a day.
Thank you Jill for this monthly get together.

No fear of fashion said...

This is an impressive list of booties. Fantastic to see all the different styles. I love the ones of Trina (yellow and blue) and the ones of Dawn Lucy (zebra) as I am always drawn to unusual, outspoken clothes and shoes. Which, by the way, is not very clever as you end up with a wardrobe full of stuff competing with each other for attention.... sigh.

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Boots are so much fun to wear and accessorize and I have enjoyed seeing how the gals have styled theirs this month. Great photos too!

Nora Minassian said...

Thank you so much for putting this together, love seeing all the fabulous looks and looking forward to next month's post.

Dawn Lucy said...

Loving your look here, Jill! Thanks for hosting another fun edition of HIWM!
Dawn Lucy

Anonymous said...

:-) Oh, I just adore the different styles of booties worn by so many lovely ladies!
Great pictures - great inspiration!
Looking forward to the layered edition :-) xo

Denton said...

Hi Jill, thanks for including us again, and what a great collection!

"Since Teresa lives in Manhattan she’s probably inside because it’s been freezing (and snowy!) in NYC for many weeks now."

Haha, you know that's the truth. But also imo as a photog the best way to shoot footware is sitting down, then the subject can fold up a bit and you can get more emphasis on the booties. See, for example, Dawn Lucy's fab photo.

PinkCheetahVintage said...

Love all the booties!! I especially agree with the lady at the top about booties with dresses or skirts... A great way to make an outfit contemporary. Forgo heels and add booties!

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

Love the booties but oddly I don't have any but it does make me realize that most people do look good in them which is nice!! x

GSL said...

Great selection here Jill and especially liked Deja's peep-toe slingbacks. I can't bring myself to say "bootie' aloud.
Forgetting where I parked my car is how I got myself on the boot list here in Chicago. You forget and with street cleaning days, block parties, etc. you have to move it and the tickets pile up.

My Rose Colored Shades said...

I'm still drooling over Dawn's zebra print booties and I love Nora's as well. I love wedge booties and I like the fact that your pants are high enough that you can see them. Wedge booties just seem more comfortable than regular heeled booties. Thanks for another great edition of HIWM! ~Cynthia

Catherine Summers said...

Jill thank you so much for including me here as well as Adrienne!! These round ups are so good for inspo and, of course, seeing some awesome pieces like Dawn's zebra booties (LOVE)!!!!!!!!!!

You've got your trouser length/boot length spot on... I don't envy all your cold weather! Sending some spring your way, it's gloriously mild and sunny in the UK today :)

Catherine, Not Dressed As Lamb x