Things to Wear With Lace-Up Ankle Boots

by Stacey Kole
Actress Bella Thorne's black lace-up ankle boots add contrast to an above-the-knee printed dress.

Actress Bella Thorne's black lace-up ankle boots add contrast to an above-the-knee printed dress.

Nowadays, lace-up ankle boots are as ubiquitous in a woman’s closet as they are on fashion runways, but that doesn’t mean styling them is as easy as stocking them. This statement-making footwear comes in a variety of finishes, colors and heel styles, so choosing the right wardrobe items to complement your chosen pair can make all of the difference. Take a look at your boots, then peek in your closet -- assembling a killer look is easier than you might think.

Get the Skinny

Lace-up ankle boots meet their perfect match in skinny jeans. Pick a flat pair of moto-style black boots and team them with gray skinnies for a casual outfit; on top, wear a white V-neck boyfriend tee and loop a crimson scarf around your neck for a pop of color. Glam up your denim look with dark-wash skinny jeans, a simple tank and boyfriend blazer. Finish your downtown-chic vibe with heeled, lace-up cognac boots, an oversize leather tote and a fedora for extra fashion flair.

Go Girly

Rock lace-up ankle boots with an above-the-knee A-line skirt for a playful contrast between rugged footwear and a feminine skirt. Start with a small-scale plaid skirt in neutral hues, like gray, navy and black, and pair it with a thin-knit pullover in either a basic black, blush or cream. Go bare legged or slip on black tights and matching lace-up ankle boots in a suede finish. Complete the ensemble with a chunky, menswear-inspired watch to further the hard-meets-soft aesthetic. For even more girly glam, team a floral or lace dress with mid-heel, lace-up ankle boots in distressed brown leather.

Show Off Your Shoes

Let your boots take center stage by choosing wide-leg trousers cuffed right above the ankles. Pick a pant in a substantial fabric with a subtle pattern -- think a wool blend in a black-and-white houndstooth print -- with a rolled cuff that hits an inch above where your boots begin. Wear tissue-thin socks or tights and lace-up ankle boots with a thin heel. Finish the polished look with a white button-down blouse, metallic cuff and simple studs. For the same idea done casually, roll a pair of faded boyfriend jeans two or three times to reveal rugged ankle boots with a small, chunky heel. Team with a basic T-shirt and bomber jacket for a bit of edge or tuck in an airy, feminine blouse for contrast.

Get Shorty

Show some leg and score fashion points by pairing shorts with lace-up ankle boots. Rock a dressy pair of cuffed, tweed shorts and a chunky-knit, cowl-neck sweater; add textured tights and high-heel, lace-up ankle boots complete the ensemble. Finish the cool-girl vibe with an oversize ring and a sleek leather cross-body bag. If a day of errand-running is on the agenda, wear a pair of brightly colored cut-off shorts, a neutral-hued flowing tank top and cowgirl-inspired lace-up boots. Slip on some braided bracelets to complete the laid-back look.

About the Author

Stacey Kole worked for five years as managing editor of the style and pop-culture magazine Savvy, where she traveled coast-to-coast covering all things fashion and beauty. In addition to daily writing and editing duties, she interviewed and penned cover stories on such celebrities as Avril Lavigne, Julianne Hough and “Twilight” star Ashley Greene.

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