These Are Our Favorite Ways To Style Ankle Boots This Fall

It's almost that time of year when you trade out your slides and sandals for your favorite pair of boots. Ankle boots are a fan- and stylist-favorite. "Ankle boots are so versatile depending on the style and design," fashion stylist Sarah Nearis told Marie Claire. "There are so many ways to style them."

Designed to hit at the ankle or just a bit above it, ankle boots are a great transition shoe for early fall as they allow for more breathing room and space for the leg than traditional tall boots. The right pair can even be as comfy as your favorite pair of sneakers.

Every major brand has its own versions of ankle booties, from chunky-heeled Steve Maddens and the comfy UGG Ultra Mini to classic Dr. Martin Chelsea boots, there is a pair for everyone and every occasion. If you want to break into the ankle boot scene, we have styling ideas for you! Here are five of our favorite ways to style ankle boots this fall.

Balance out a slip dress

Slip dresses are a tried and true way to look feminine and delicate. But when you're ready to be a little edgier, you'll need a hard-hitting shoe. This is where the ankle boot comes in. Balance out the soft, flowy nature of a midi-length slip dress with some leather ankle booties. Whether they are combat boots or skinny stilettos, they are sure to spice up your outfit for a night on the town (via MasterClass).

Go classic with denim

Denim jeans are a basic staple item we all have in our closets that pair amazingly well with ankle boots. To avoid looking frumpy and shorter than you may already be, wear your ankle boots with straight-leg style jeans that skim just the top of the boot. To add length to your legs, wear heeled booties with wide-leg pants (via YouTube). And if you are wanting to elongate your legs even more, try black denim skinny jeans with black ankle boots!

Turn heads with a statement piece

Ankle booties are available in more than just neutral blacks and browns. Play with colors and textures to spice up any outfit and make your ankle boots a statement piece. From snakeskin and suede to cheetah print and bright, florescent pink, we have seen it all! White ankle boots are particularly popular at the moment, but they have been around for some time. Trendsetter Hailey Bieber was even seen rocking the trend back in 2017 (via Chiko).

Pair with tailored trousers

Trousers can be paired with more than just loafers. The pantsuit has risen to fame once again, but some changes have been made to update the workwear style. Now more than ever, ankle boots are being worn with the tailored look. "I love pairing a pointed toe heel bootie with a great trouser or suit," fashion stylist Sarah Nearis told Marie Claire. And because suits can lean toward the androgynous side, ankle boots can add a feminine touch to your look, according to Nearis.

Pair with lots of leather

Embrace the bold, cool, and effortless biker-inspired look by pairing your ankle boots with lots of tough leather elements (via The Zoe Report). Particularly with black leather ankle boots, we love to see them paired with a black leather moto jacket, leather pants, and a leather handbag. "It's never a crime to rock leather on leather — when it comes to bikercore, more is more," Amberly Reese, Stitch Fix expert stylist, told The Zoe Report.