Tell Us: Will You Wear Ankle Boots?

08/09/2006 at 05:00 AM ET

Here’s a fall trend that is causing some trepidation: Ankle boots! Sure the likes of Mischa Barton and Kate Moss can pull it off, but for most of us this style has the potential to make our legs looks shorter and fatter than they are! We asked Julia Gilhart, fashion director of Barneys New York, how to wear this trend and she suggests staying away from Mischa’s look (left). “Bare legs are NOT the way to go,” says Gilhart. “You need opaque tights.” Another way that works: Paired with leggings that are a little shorter, showing off just a hint of skin. What do you think? Would you wear ankle boots? The ones shown here from Bebe, $129, are pretty cute. Don’t you think?

For more ankle boots and how to wear them, check out PEOPLE’s StyleWatch Fall issue, on sale now at newsstands.

Photo: Tony Barson/WireImage; Jeff Harris

FILED UNDER: Shoes , Trends
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Katie on

OMG!!! i cant believe that those shoe r even aloud to be sold they are so fugly!!!!!!!!

Quynn on

If you wear them with skinny jeans they look really good, i own a similar pair, same color everything, and i wear mine with black or blue skinny jeans. I can’t picture wearing them with anything else, i find misha looks horrible :P

madi on

OMG u NEVER wear boots and pants that allow a bit of skin to show- that is truly disgusting (have u EVER seen anyone look good doing it?)
if you have fat legs, dont wear the ankle boots, simple

Ashley on

I really like this new trend, and hope it will be big in coming months. Although there are some ugly desgins out there (as with all fashions), there are also some very nice ones. I think they look quite nice with short shorts, but also with jeans.

ai on

i’d like to say something – you people who are criticizing that it does not ‘match’ – look again. notice the black boots and the black clutch? and you say it doesn’t match – the dress is a red hue very similar in terms of it’s chromaticness to the black, and she’s made sure that they all come in luxe materials – i guess the only thing she’s missing is a black leather jacket. she’s tall too so she can carry off that ‘cutting’ effect. please don’t think of it in terms of your own self – be more open minded. i’ve seen worse-dressed celebs and she is rarely on that list. and NEWSFLASH – you can wear ANYTHING in your 20s – the key is to experiment to find the right way to wear things for you – there are no rules as long as it WORKS. and who cares if it’s in or out of style? if something works for you, hey, who says you can’t work that look till you get bored of it, not just out of style? i may not be a professional stylist or whatnot but for me, the look works. but yes, a nice black, shiny leather jacket. stock one up misch, it looks awfully chilly in here.

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Rachel on

The boots are different but I like them.

Kat on

I think they’re fabulous. However, people with short legs and big calves should not EVER consider them..because they do nothing to your legs and it’s not easy for others’ eyes. I personally own 2 pairs of these, Steve Madden and Bebe. I get lots of compliements and I work in media. Pretty long-legged ladies, soup yourself up with a pair of these.

Sidenote: Mischa Barton chose the wrong shoes, obviously. She doesn’t have the legs nor the outfit for it. I suggest thick-knit long sweater with pantyhose. Always works!

Jackie on

Her look is young, funky and says “i’m ready to party after this gig”. The cut of the dress is quirky, the ankle boot gives it that sexy vibe- combined with the not overly stylized hair she looks edgy. I like the slight 80’s feel to it.

Besides I love ankle boots they are so European ( but not the grey SHOE pictured here!!!)

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