Slouch Boots

"Update Your Wardrobe with Slouch Boots"


Slouch boots are popular 80's inspired fashion boots that never seem to go out of style because of their effortlessly chic look. They're also a simple way to update your existing Fall and Winter wardrobe. Compared to most boot styles the slouchy rolled-down look gives a casual appeal to any outfit without looking sloppy.

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Slouch boots are popular for many reasons; one them being that you can wear them at any time of the year without looking outdated. You can pair them with your flowy summer dress or rock them with skinny jeans and leather jacket. What I really like about them is their cute flair that softens the stiff boot shaft look, making your outfit look more casual and fun!

The beauty here is that they're easier to fit than regular knee-high boots because they do not need to fit precisely around your calf area. So they're acceptable on narrow calves (although other proportion rules apply) as well as on wider calves (they seem to fit better).

Different Types of Slouch Boot Styles

Cat Deeley wearing slouch boots
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Another fab thing about them is that because of their semi-subtle detail, they're available in all sorts of boot designs; heeled, flat, wedge, platform, ankle, mid-calf, knee-high, western (my fave!), biker (with awesome straps and studs), distressed, suede, canvas, knit fabric (eg. UGGS knit cardy) and leather. You name it!

Three popular vibes of the slouch boot are cowboy, moccasin and the classy dress boot. The cowboy type is definitely one of my favorites and I often pair mine with my denim leggings and cut-off shorts when spring and summer are in the city.

Moccasin/Minnetonka boots are examples of the trendy slouch version, which I personally think is the cutest because of its casual-boho flair. Dressy slouch boots are more for the classy, refined gal who wants to look sophisticated with a touch of playfulness.


How to Wear Slouch Boots

Balance out your outfit

Slouch boots for top heavy body shapes
You might not like the slouchy volume around the calf or ankle, but it does have its advantages for some outfit silhouettes and body figures.

Let me give you a couple of examples:

  • It can balance out an outfit that is heavier on top. Meaning, if you discover that an outfit makes you look like you're going to topple over then slouch boots can help (along with bootcut, wide leg pants, etc.) balance that out.
  • They're perfect for Inverted Triangle and Round/Apple body shapes, or anyone who has a heavier upper body (big bust, wide shoulders, etc.). The details on the boots help draw the attention away from your top body.

Tips for full/wide calves

Yes, they can make your legs look bigger, especially if you have wide and/or muscular calves and the boots are full around the shaft. However the trick here is to choose a pair that goes over your mid-calves. Anything hitting your mid-calf (which are considered the widest part on most legs), is risky because they draw attention to that area and can make your overall body figure clunky.

Also look for boots that have a slouch effect but sit snugly around your legs.

    Fashion tip Tip: A quick fix if your legs are on the wide side but you love your mid-calf boots, is to wear a pair of boots that blend with the color of your bottom (hosiery, skin tone or bottom). If you Experiment with this as and see how it works for you.

Raise the hemline to avoid looking dumpy

If you're wearing shorts, a dress or skirt with this type of boots (especially boots with lots of interest) then it's important to raise the hemline. That's because the proportions tend to get skewed when the hemline finishes on or below the knee, making you look short legged. Basically, it interrupts the vertical streamline we're aiming for.

    Fashion tip Tip: If you're self-conscious about showing off your legs simply add a pair of sheer pantyhose or tights.

Keep the rest of the outfit fitted

This especially applies to your bottom garment. So pair the slouch boots with leggings or fitted jeans or pants. It helps keep your outfit balanced and chic, and won't drag down your body frame.

Slouchy shoewear looks always best with classy, tailored or fitted clothes. You can of course wear the boots with an oversized sweater or casual bohemian dress, but it should end above your knees to avoid interrupting a streamlined silhouette. You also need some height :-) Taller gals can handle sorts of styling - but if you're short, try a pair of boots with heels.



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Chic Fashion Outfits with Slouch Boots

There are several ways to wear them depending on your personal style and body figure, but here are some of my favorites:
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With a Shift Dress - Dressing Down a Dressy Outfit

Keep in mind that if you decide to pair your slouch boots with a dressy outfit, then make sure the outfit isn't too corporate or formal because the boots will look off, which gives an abrupt juxtaposition.

Stick to neutral ankle boots with a more subtle slouch - and of course, do not forget the heel!

They are meant to complement casual styles so if you decide to wear them with for example a classic shift dress make sure you add other fun details such as a trendy necklace or/and colorful handbag to match the look.

Slouch on Top and Bottom

If you prefer a rugged, chic look. Pair the boots with an oversized sweater. But wear the boots over skinnies or straight leg pants to balance out the look. Yes, they're perfect with slim-fitted pants and jeans compared to bootcut that will only make your legs look stuffy.



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With Leggings

This a chic way to streamline your body figure and help you look leaner and even taller without heavy pants and sweaty butt cheeks. For a maximum height effect make sure to match the color of the boots (dark with dark, light with light). They also look good with denim leggings (or "jeggings") and a tunic top.

With a Basic Dress:

To create a trendy and slightly sexy look with the boots, pair slouchy womens cowboy boots with a slim-fitted tee dress or a flowy dress. It's your choice. Wearing them with a flowy dress is a fab option to achieve that stylish boho-chic look - but don't forget the extra jewelry :-)

With Shorts:

I would personally pair them with denim shorts or dressy shorts (tailored cut). This is also a stylish option for accentuating a pair of sun-kissed legs (without hosiery)! Style this look further with a pair of wool tights and you've got yourself an ultra-chic outfit for Fall & Winter!


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