Welcome to Dressed for My Day! I hope you find a little something here today that you can use. Maybe a little something that will inspire you or help you put together some pieces in your closet in a new way. While we’re deep in the middle of winter, I thought it would be a good time to share 8 ways to wear black riding boots. Of course, you can apply these outfit inspirations to your riding boots of other shades as well.
Let’s get going!
What are riding boots exactly?
Riding boots are the equestrian inspired, classic boots with a sturdy, usually rounded, toe and, traditionally, a low stacked heel. However, some consider riding boots to be any fashion boot that hits just below the knee. So if that’s your definition, your riding boots could have a stiletto or wedge heel, too.
Throughout this post, I’m wearing the I.n.c. Fawne Wide-Calf Riding Boots in black. However, at this point they are only available in one size in the black. They have a few more sizes in other shades. I’ve enjoyed these boots, but they’re not my favorite ever. They’re definitely comfortable, but I wouldn’t mind a little more styling. I do prefer a clean cut boot, however, so these have served that purpose beautifully.
I’m including a widget at the end of this post with plenty of other riding boots. If you’re looking for a pair of boots, now is definitely the time to buy. Most are reduced significantly. The tricky part will simply be finding your size. I do think a good pair of riding boots is a wise end-of-season investment because styles won’t change much next year.
Now let’s see how I’ve styled my riding boots this year.
Black riding boots with black jeans & puffer vest
One of my favorite ways to wear my black riding boots is simply with black jeans. Here, I’ve topped my black jeans with a red, white and black plaid shirt and my red puffer vest.
Tip #1 – When looking for a pair of riding boots, choose a neutral shade that you wear frequently already. If you wear a lot of black, great. Go for black. But if you’re more prone to wear cognac belts and carry cognac handbags, go with that shade. But many boots also come in grey, navy, brown and beige.
Black riding boots with black jeans & black blazer
While the above look is decidedly casual, I simply switch out my red puffer vest with my black blazer when it’s time to up my game a little.
Tip #2 – Keep in mind that riding boots, when worn in the equestrian ring, traditionally are paired with a blazer. So pairing your boots with a blazer is a given! You can wear this combo with a turtleneck, a long sleeved tee or a button up shirt. And your blazer could be black, brown, tweed, plaid or another solid color.
Riding boots with blue jeans
As I mentioned in this post, I had a bit of a fear about pairing blue with black. But my black riding boots definitely work with blue jeans, too.
Tip #3 – The key to wearing black boots with blue jeans is simply being intentional. When you wear your black riding boots with your blue jeans, try to add at least a touch of black elsewhere in the outfit, too. And the more black you can include in the rest of the outfit, the more coordinated it will look.
Black riding boots with colored jeans
Perhaps one of the easiest looks to pull off with black riding boots is wearing them with colored jeans. Whether the jeans are cranberry red, like mine, or burgundy, green or even white, the contrast is striking. The key is simply to add more black elsewhere in the outfit if possible. Even if you just carry a black handbag or wear a black belt, that extra splash of black brings it all together and makes you look more confident.
Tip #4 – When you wear your riding boots over jeans, make sure you choose skinny jeans. Nothing looks more frumpy than to have your jeans riding up and crumpling above your boots. Look, no jeans are going to stay perfectly flat inside your jeans. But you definitely want to minimize the bunching.
Riding boots with a print skirt
I was at a speaking engagement in Pennsylvania when I saw the women’s minister wearing a silky print skirt over riding boots. I thought she looked so smart. She looked both feminine and confident. I knew I wanted to emulate that look some day.
Nothing from my look is available any more, but I’d say the skirt my friend was wearing was something like this. She was wearing something with a bit of a flounce to it.
Tip #5 – Wear your riding boots with a feminine flounce skirt. The juxtaposition creates an interesting look without looking far fetched. If your skirt has a print or lots of detail work, keep the top simple and streamlined.
Riding boots with a wool skirt
The absolute easiest look and by far the most comfortable is this simple wool skirt and sweater paired with tights and boots. I love the school girl appeal of this look, but I still find it contemporary, flattering and grown-up.
Of course, I showed this outfit in this post about how to add a Christmas scarf to a basic outfit for some holiday flare. But you could add any pretty scarf as a completer. Or sometimes I just keep it very basic and add only a silver necklace.
Tip #6 – When pairing your boots with tights, you generally want to wear tights in the same color as the boots for a long leg silhouette. However, you can also wear tights the color of the skirt if you prefer. That might especially be preferable if you have a long torso and you want to create the illusion of a longer bottom portion.
Riding boots with leggings
When I posted this post about leggings, most of the readers who chimed in said they love wearing their leggings with boots. While you can wear leggings with flats, too, riding boots truly are a perfect choice to accompany these slenderizing “pants.”
Tip #7 – While black boots obviously look great with black leggings and brown boots are perfect with brown leggings, you can certainly mix and match, too. For instance, you can wear these black boots with black, brown, grey or burgundy leggings. Just try to add a little of the color of your boots elsewhere in the outfit, too, if you can. But if you can’t, no big deal!
Riding boots with a dress
While a sweater dress is my favorite type of dress to pair with riding boots, you can also find other suitable dresses to wear over your boots. I go with dresses in more hearty fabrics.
I am so surprised that this dress is still available, but it is. And it’s marked so far down it’s crazy. It comes in red and sparkly grey donegal knits, too.
Tip #8 – Tights are optional with your dress. I prefer to wear tights almost always when I wear a skirt or dress with my boots because I’d rather my “winter legs” not be seen! But you can certainly go without the tights.
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I hope you enjoyed today’s post. I linked to the items in the pictures above when they are available or I could find suitable substitutes. But you may have noticed that some items simply have no links. That’s just because I couldn’t find anything comparable. Also, be sure to check out the shopping widget below for some great deals on riding boots. Because it is the end of the season, some items may sale out fast. Of course, these links are affiliate links, and I do make some income if you shop through them. But you will not incur any additional cost for using them. Thanks so much for shopping my links. And thanks for visiting Dressed for My Day today!
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