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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Tess on

Personally, I love the look of ankle boots on a woman who can pull them off. I also understand why a lot of people don’t like them…that’s what fashion is about, expressing individual style. But what’s with the hostility people? It just makes you all sound like a bunch of insecure jealous women.

Ebba on

i just love ankle boots they are so right this fall!
With those super tight dark jeans!
love it

Manola on

I think that these shoes (that Misha is wearing) doesn’t match the dress. Misha looks like Natalie Portman in “Closer”.

sarah on

The way Mischa’s waring them with that dress is horrible, but with a nice cut pant they could be really cute.

may on

I absolutely love those ankle boots on Mischa. I think she looks adorable in them. Not suitable for everybody though because they do cut the length of the legs.

Mike on

The consensus here is that the ankle boots are not very attractive or flattering (euphemisms for “ugly”) but go out onto the streets of NY and women ARE wearing them (yes, right now, in the summer), many with skirts & dresses like Mischa. Personally, I don’t think that look works too well but different strokes for different folks, I guess. (Just like the experts say that cowboy boots are passe but I see them every day and expect to continue seeing them in the fall.)

Mike on

I just saw a picture of Hilary Duff (who obviously is nowhere near as statuesque as Mischa Barton) wearing ankle boots with a dress in NYC the other day and I can see the point that many of you have made. If the look was out of proportion on MB, well, it was even more out of whack on the petite Ms. Duff.

krystal on


Ella on

I think with a funky jean skirt that goes just to the knee, these boots would look cute. But NOT with an evening dress.

angela on

Fortunatelly we are free to wear what we want. But these boots only under a pair of trousers.

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