Forever 21 Red Suede Ankle Boots, £24.50
I’ve been trying to go for investment purchases rather than fast fashion lately, but that doesn’t mean I’m not susceptible to the odd F21 bargain, and if these boots were right in front of me, I’m sure I’d have a hard time resisting them.
I’ve talked a lot about my love of red boots, and have even bought a pair or two over the years. They’re more versatile than you might imagine (my favourite way to wear then is with navy tights or denim), but the trick is to make sure you get exactly the right shade of red. Bright red shoes can look amazing, but bright red boots can look a little cheap – especially if they ARE cheap, which these ones most definitely are! – so a darker red is perfect. Also perfect is the shape of these particular boots: the sharply pointed toe and slim heel give them a very elegant look, while the narrow foot opening will allow you to easily pair them with dresses or trousers. They also come in beige, and ordinarily I’d want those too (cream/beige boots are another weakness of mine – if you’re wearing a dress or skirt with nude tights/bare legs, a “nude” boot can be much more flattering than a black or brown one), but I’m not so keen on the black elastic against the pale upper, so red would be my colour of choice.
To go with them, I really like this stripe midi dress, which is a true bargain, at just £8:
It’s one of those dresses that you could either wear now with the boots and a pair of tights (and maybe a cardigan over the top if it’s cold enough), but also wear in springtime, with bare legs and shoes: love it.