Eeek! I just noticed that you can see a little bit of my Harry Potter sock! Sorry!
This winter season, I finally decided to buy a pair of ankle booties. I've always stayed away from this trend for one reason: I'm short. I'll be honest here, ankle booties usually don't look very good on petite women. (When I say "petite", I mean women who are 5' 3"/5' 4" and shorter.) They have a very unflattering effect where they cut off at the ankle, making short legs look even shorter. Now, I'm only 5' 2"--I can't afford to look any shorter than I already am! I also have very thin ankles, so the ankle cutoff emphasizes my short legs even more! However, after seeing women with beautiful, long, slender legs wear them season after season, I figured there had to be a way for me to wear them too!
Believe me when I say that I tried on A LOT of ankle booties. I always feel bad for the sales associates who assist me whenever I go shoe shopping, because I always ask them to bring out about 10 different pairs of shoes! In two sizes! In my defense, I want to make sure I get the perfect pair! After a lot of searching, I felt that the Me Too 'Legacy' Bootie was perfect for my first pair of ankle booties. It adds a lot of height, has a hidden platform, making it very easy to walk in, and is
comfortable. Not to mention they are adorable! I wore these booties on my most recent trip to Las Vegas, and had absolutely no problem walking around the strip in them.
So if you're a petite gal like myself and are considering adding a pair of ankle booties to your shoe repertoire, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Wear pants or leggings the same color as your ankle booties. Because we have shorter legs than the average woman, we really need to focus on elongating the length of our legs. The continuity of color gives the illusion of having longer legs. So if you have a pair of black booties, either wear it with black skinny jeans (like I did), or black leggings. If you really want to wear your booties bare-legged, I recommend wearing a nude color to maintain the continuity of color!
- When searching for your perfect pair of ankle booties, find something that is tapered close to your ankle. Wearing booties that are too wide around the ankle only emphasizes where it cuts off, thus making your legs look shorter than they already are. You want the transition from ankle bootie to ankle to leg to look as smooth as possible.
- The lower the cut of the bootie, the better. If you can find something that shows the top of your foot a little, even better! The whole point is to make your legs look as long as possible!
I think this look could have looked better with a scarf, but I was just too darn hot!
Please keep in mind that I am not a professional stylist--I'm just sharing a few tips on what worked for me. I am also not a professional photographer or model. This was my first time doing a "photo shoot" on my own, and I'm still learning the tricks of the trade and how to be both the photographer
the model. So if you have any advice for me, I'd very much appreciate it!