Outfitting Tip: Strike a Boot-to-Pant Ratio
Achieving the kind of personal style that makes you want to be that girl can sometimes feel a great deal like putting together the best version of a universally tasted, or at least acknowledged, recipe. Think apple pie or spaghetti dressed in tomato sauce. Both of these dishes require less preparation than their more complex brothers, sisters and further distant relatives but when prepared with just the right amount of cinnamon, or basil respectively, each can blow you away like the lightest leaf withstanding a stage five hurricane.
This principle works on style, too. Anyone can wear a pair of jeans with boots — I’ve seen it, you’ve seen it, it can look as meager and plebeian as a boot-cut pant hunched over Uggs or conversely as wacky as a pair of fringed-trim Junya Watanabe wunderkinds trying to flirt with jewel encrusted mid-heels. But it takes the spectacular, an eye so acutely aware of the nuances of that which makes a pair of jeans the optimal choice to counter a pair of boots that it’s almost incapable of anything else, to strike a balance that seems so simple, so smart, so downright perfect, unilateral execution brings on a case of textbook performance anxiety.
But there are a couple of ways to combat the disquiet. If you’re more adventurous and your eye can travel, you’ll note that the jeans are cropped — they’re cropped and slightly flared. So you’ll begin a search. You might comb the pages of Asos, then jump over to Topshop and if you don’t find anything that suits you, you might think to address your luxury label e-comrades who will point you in a direction that likely further enunciates that which you saw in the high street locations. You will repeat this process to find a pair of boots, though striking a balance that must contend with Vuitton under the reign of Ghesquière will, of course, be difficult. So instead of seeking interpretations, you will look to what democracy has done for fashion: The Outnet might very well have a similar pair languishing among its pages of stocked boots. And if it doesn’t, there is an almost 0% chance that Yoox will not be able to help you.
If this takes too much time or requires more work than you’re willing to put in, there is, of course, always the option of sheer imitation.
For the uninitiated, a benign Google image search will inform you in no more than two or three clicks that the jeans you’re looking at are the contrivance of the UK-based design duo Marques’Almeida. If your eyes happen to be failing you, a simple zoom-in will crystallize just how Louis Vuitton those Louis Vuitton boots are and as for the black sweater, I defer to my theory about the apple pie. You can find the one on your own — just keep in mind some use more cinnamon than others.