We’re not all blessed with an unlimited budget to explore our fashion desires—myself included. So it’s helpful to have a few trendy and budget-friendly options to explore when it comes to new fashion. Arguably, none more so than shoes. Any fashionista knows it’s easy to drop serious cash at the drop of a heel. But one of the best ways you can save on fashion this season is to buy one item that can be used for a wide variety of looks.
Suede ankle booties, for example, are one of the most universal shoes around. In a neutral color or pattern, you can sport them just as confidently in the dead of winter as you can during the hottest days of summer. Plus, they work for formal attire with a skirt or dress just as well as they work in a casual setting with jeans or shorts.
Check out the The Everygirl’s guide on How to Wear Ankle Booties for year-round tips to keep you looking your best. With advice like “Do wear them with midi and pencil skirts,” and “Don’t wear them with too-short mini skirts,” you’ll always know when your booties are appropriate.
You can also try a pair of Chelsea boots for a universal style. You can find them in different colors, but if you look at the variety of different women’s boot collections on Lyst, most styles from top designers like Tory Burch and Gianvito Rossi, are solid black in leather or pleather fabrics.
The fashion rules for Chelsea boots are similar to suede ankle boots, so you can usually interchange the two with similar outfits. However, you should keep in mind that Chelsea boots tend to be worn with more masculine attire than suede ankle booties. Balance the look with a feminine dress, or amp up the masculine characteristics with a biker or suede jacket.
And of course, if you’re willing to stick to a neutral color or pattern, you could go with a pair of saddle or riding boots. You might not want to wear them in the heat of summer, but they’re fair game for the rest of the year. They look great with a dress, a skirt, and every pair of skinny pants your wardrobe can imagine.
For a new spin on an old classic, try recreating Melodi Erdogan’s recent look from Bustle. Inspired by her own mother’s fashion, she paired dark riding boots with an all-black ensemble, including a cape that cast a billowy silhouette over the skin-tight boots. Although she thought the look would have worked best with a skintight dress, she admittedly enjoyed her mom’s “chic monochromatic approach” to fashion.
You don’t have to spend a month’s rent to sport the latest trends. Make smart choices on the sales floor and you can stay out of the red, and in the top of the fashion scene for seasons to come!
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