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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Jenna on

Awful. They’re just not flattering – they cut off your legs.

Sonja on

I love boots, but I can’t see myself wearing the ankle boots. There are a lot of looks that can be modified to look nice on the 5’4″ crowd, but I just don’t feel like I have enough leg for such a short boot.

Hip Candy on

Absolutely not! The look is too choppy. It doesn’t flow. These shoes break up the length of your leg… why would anyone, who had short legs already, want to make their legs look even shorter by wearing this style of a shoe?

dev on

Absolutely! I think they are adorable. My (fairly young) aunt wears them with little skirts and she looks fabulous – she’s petite but super-skinny. I have long thin legs proportionally, so I want to give it a try too.

Rebecca on

In response to Hannah, I saw a picture of Mary Kate Olsen wearing ankle boots with a shorter dress and it looked awful. This is the second picture I have seen of someone wearing these boots and it just is not a good look. I can’t believe that these so called fashion icons think that looks good!

Ramsey on

Oh my gosh, these boots are one of those trends that we look back on 10 years from now and say, “What were we thinking???” Same way with leggings, even though i wear leggings, it will definatly be like shoulder pads or puffy sleeves. I hate the boots.

Torie on

well all i can say is that the shoes are the ugliest things in the world. u couldnt pay me to wear them. UGLY UGLY UGLY UGLY UGLY UGLY UGLY UGLY UGLY UGLY UGLY UGLY UGLY UGLY UGLY

mf25 on

I call those “grandma’s boots” Very ugly! Call them Dior or whatever! I find Uggs ugly, here you go…

kaybee on

yes – but with skinny pants

hotmammadrama on

I am having flashbacks to 8th grade, and they are NOT pretty. There is nothing flattering about these boots. gross

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