Classic and simple: how to wear ankle boots!

Now that Ireland’s climate has gone full-on wintery with rain and wind galore, it might be time to say goodbye to those heels and embrace the cozy ankle boot.

A simple leather boot is an easy way to look slick and stylish without compromising on comfort. Whether you go for a killer heel or a flat Chelsea boot, there is something out there for everyone and to suit any price range.

The humble ankle boot is hugely versatile – here are just some of the ways we’ll be wearing our pair this season…

1. Colour pop
Steering away from the standard black, brown or tan is a great way to add a bolder element to your outfit. Caroline Flack’s bright red pair are edgy enough to wear on a night out, but could easily be dressed down with plain black jeans:

2. Lengthen those legs
Tucking a jegging, legging or ultra-skinny jean into your ankle boots is a great way to lengthen the leg line. Cara Delevingne is a big fan of this look – though her legs are long enough as it is!

3. Fold it over
Double cuff your jeans to show off just a peek of ankle. Boyfriend jeans are great for this look, but they do shorten the leg line more than cuffed skinnies, so be careful if you have naturally shorter legs. Rachel Bilson pulls this style off like a pro:

4. Put a sock in it
Layering high ankle socks over leggings, tights or even bare legs gives a real prairie-girl touch to your ankle boots. Avoid this look over thicker jeans unless you want to look like a hillwalker! This style blogger has the right idea:

5. Dress it up
Despite the colder weather, wearing a summer dress is still an option – just add tights, a chunky cardigan or leather jacket and your trusty boots. Beautiful!

6. Pencil perfect
A midi-length pencil skirt with a heeled ankle book is a really slick high-fashion look – channel your inner Rihanna for this one:

7. Nip and tuck
Tailored trousers look really classy with a slim line ankle boot (no buckles or thick straps), especially if you show off a touch of skin. This model gets it just right:

8. Get some bling
Embellished ankle boots with details like studs, cut-outs or chunky buckles are a great way to add a grungy, edgy touch to an otherwise basic outfit. We love Emma Roberts’ Chloé pair: