HOW TO WIN AT STREET STYLE

The rules the fash­ion elite abide by

Cosmopolitan (UK) - - Contents -

Em­brace the sea­son’s most aes­thet­i­cally chal­lenged footwear

1 WHY IT WORKS

Think of the biker boot as your stead­fast sar­to­rial saviour, here to in­ject some edge into the sea­son’s girli­est looks. There’ll be plenty of oc­ca­sions that call for sky-high courts and an­kle-twist­ing plat­forms this spring, so when you can, revel in the cool girl’s walk-any­where op­tion that goes with ev­ery­thing.

2 DREAM BOOTS

Dr Martens, CAT Footwear and Blund­stone are the clas­sic, can’t-go-wrong brands for tough boots, so start there. Or trawl Ebay for vin­tage ver­sions of this sea­son’s Chloé army boot. Black is best but deep ch­est­nut brown and navy blue are un­ex­pect­edly chic, too. Avoid brights at all costs – un­less you want to look like an ex­tra from The Dis­ney Club.

3 WEAR WITH

Our favourite way to wear the tough boot is with con­trast­ing frilly flo­rals and granny tweeds (rule of thumb: the more fem­i­nine the style, the bet­ter the pair­ing), but streetwear and fish­nets work as well. Dun­ga­rees, jeans, cosy jumpers… they’ll all be given a fresh, con­fi­dent twist.

4 COM­FORT CARE

Thick leather boots usu­ally need a break­ing-in pe­riod. Get a leather con­di­tioner (try Dr Martens Won­der Bal­sam, £6) to hy­drate and soften the boot. Then layer up thick, tall socks un­der­neath to stretch the boot and pro­tect your­self from blis­ters. Do calf-rais­ers and squat­ting mo­tions to bend the leather as much as pos­si­ble, then wear them around the house or on short walks un­til they feel ready for all-day duty.

Chiara Fer­ragni

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