Let’s face it: wearing boots in a hot Caribbean climate can often look a little ridiculous (imagine a booth selling fur coats on a sandy beach… yup, that’s what we thought!), especially when made of heavy materials intended to insulate and keep you warm during the winter. There’s also the issue of time and place. Carnival season aside (where any and everything goes these days!), 99% of boots that we’ve seen out there should probably be put away and saved for those vacations to colder climates, no matter how smokin’ hot they may be!
However, there is that 1% of women who manage to pull off the boots trend on these shores and get noticed for all the right reasons. We’re going to highlight some of the best styles out there to stay with current trends and suit not only your location, but also your style and figure, without completely relinquishing your love for boots!
The best boot option for this climate, ankle boots come in a variety of styles and heights to suit every foot and make the most of every leg shape.
A fitted boot that stops on or just above the ankle is perfect for long, lean and toned legs. Avoid this cut if you have bigger calves or less of a curve from your calf to your ankle (we hate to use the word ‘cankles’) as this could make your legs look less shapely and more like blocks.
For shorter girls or those looking to elongate their legs below the knee, boots with a cut below the ankle or that slope downwards to the bridge of the foot help create the illusion of longer legs. A higher heel will also help to arch the foot and give more shape to the leg overall, especially with those calf muscles working!
Peep-toe or cut-out boots are most definitely climate appropriate, walking the line between a shoe/sandal and a boot. These are also great for flashier outfits and dresses in the nighttime, looking more elegant or delicate than a full-on chunky boot in one colour. You can even opt for heavier materials like suede in a style like this.
Cheat a little by wearing a boot that isn’t really a ‘functional’ boot by definition. Lightweight materials, especially lace or mesh, are perfect for the Caribbean climate without relinquishing the boot factor. They also have the added bonus of allowing your feet to breathe in hot weather!
Considering we have only two seasons – wet and dry – a little platform never hurt anybody! Keep your feet dry and comfortable in a proper boot at outdoor events during the rainy season with a little extra platform as well as protect the upper material of your babies by saving them from being immersed in puddles!
How To Wear It
We really love the look of ankle boots with a tailored short or long short (cut-offs and short shorts are out for now!) to be in with current seasonal trends. Play with the tops in your wardrobe for alternative looks with shorts as follows:
A slouchy or draped off-the-shoulder jersey top will work for a smart casual day look, or even a plain vest with a waist coat (fitted/loose/long/short… we’ll let you decide!) for what we call ‘dressed-up dressed down’ – perfect for a date or casual night out with friends at a wine bar or underground music event. Team with a statement piece of jewelry for a personal touch, or forget the accessories and use your hair and makeup to complete the look.
A loose-fitting shirt with three-quarter or rolled-up sleeves can be styled to look professional for the fashionable workplace, or sophisticated androgynous for the woman who is more at ease with her natural sex appeal.
A plain vest with a well-tailored, lightweight blazer is another versatile professional look for the fashionable workplace. Roll up the sleeves if the blazer has an interesting lining to create a cuff by the elbow, or pull them up to three-quarter length for slouch and no cuff. Alternatively, you could look out for a blazer with three-quarter length sleeves or a really cute bolero, which is back in for 2011!
A statement shoe does not really need any help. Every outfit should be built around a statement piece – the piece that inspired the outfit or the piece that you want to draw the most attention to. If your shoe is stunning by itself, don’t crowd your outfit with too many accessories or details that will take away from what is, essentially, a work of art on its own.
Remember: A good boot is an investment. Not only is it meant to last a long time (from a functional viewpoint), don’t wear it all the time and you’ll be sure to make a statement when you do!