teal dress with ankle boots and cardigans+cat eye sunglasses and louis vuitton speedy-los angeles (Photo credit: …love Maegan)
Ankle boots are back and it looks as though they’re here to stay.
Sometimes I wonder what the fashionistas and designers are thinking. Do they ever consider how middle-aged women will look in their designs or are we really as invisible as they’d like us to be?
Let’s pause for a moment and think about the crop top, the g-string, low-waist jeans and platform wedges. I rest my case.
Which is why I was obviously a little reticent about the return of the ankle boot.
I may not be a fashion or style writer, but I am a middle-aged woman who still gets a compulsive enjoyment out of fashion and I am always in search of clothes that don’t make me look a) like a hooker or b) like a bag lady.
And just as I scoffed when some idiot thought that skinny jeans would look good on everyone, and then at jeggings a few years later, more recently I have been guilty of ridiculing the return of the ankle boot.
‘You’ll never get me back in fucking ankle boots!’ I might have declared to my friends a year or so ago.
It was about the same time that I had just broken the bank and tested my marriage vows when I splashed out impulsively on a pair of VERY expensive, vintage-looking, knee-high tan boots and was still happily cavorting around in them ‘Kate Moss at Coachella’ style.
Kate Moss by Mr Brainwash (Thierry Guetta), New Oxford Street, London (Photo credit: chrisjohnbeckett)
But fashion moves forward at a relentless pace, and typically, as soon as I buy anything VAGUELY fashionable, you can guarantee it’s OUT.
And ankle boots began to breed like Octomom in every shoe shop.
So I was forced to consider them again. Perhaps I had been hasty in my judgment and they wouldn’t make my legs look stumpier, if that was physically possible? With a chunky heel, they could almost look flattering, my inner voice prayed?
But could the middle-aged bag lady really admit to being wrong about fashion AGAIN?
NC had bought a few pairs (because she’s a student and has lots more disposable income than I do, working in the local bar at the same time as fleecing her parents), so I snuck into her room one night to see how they looked on my tree trunks legs.
So I figured – naively – that with half the materials required of a normal boot, a pair should set me back half the cost, shouldn’t they?
And so the search began. My quest: to source the perfect pair of ankle boots for under $60. I could pay for them with cash and pretend the money was for Kurt’s drumming lesson so that the old man need never be the wiser.
I found this pair in Just Jeans and at $59.95 my new ankle boots look super-cute with my short dresses with leggings get-up.
FASHION VICTIM OR FASHIONISTA?