Duck boots are an essential shoe to have in any winter wardrobe which is why they are the focus of today’s “Aspen Chic” themed How She’d Wear It. These rubbery boots have become quite a statement piece, not quite as popular as Hunter rain boots but still making their way into women’s closets as more and more brands adopt them to create more attractive winter boot options. Let’s face it, unless you’re on the slopes, hardcore winter boots are just too clunky to be cute. However, duck boots bridge the gap between functional and attractive.
The original duck boot was made in 1912 by L.L. Bean and is still being made today. The “duck boot” or Bean Boot as L.L. Bean calls it features tan leather uppers and black rubber soles. This is the style that most people think of when they think of a duck boot, but brands like SOREL and Sperry Top-Sider® also make a variety of cute winter boots in the duck style. Today we’re going to play with duck boots from a higher top duck boot from SOREL and the classic original version by L.L. Bean. At first glance these two boots don’t really look all that similar, and that’s the point – duck boots are defined more by their function and structure than by their styling, so there is a ton of variety of these boots out there, in all sorts of cuts, colors, and materials. Don’t think of Duck Boots as straight up winter boots, they have all the versatility and variation of normal riding boots, but happen to be built for wintery weather.
Shearling is undeniably pretty and insanely comfy, like you’re wearing the warmest, softest blanket as a liner on the inside of your coat. Black shearling jackets tend to be a popular choice but I couldn’t resist this unique and wintery cream version. Instead of leggings try some black jeans for a bit more warmth and to balance the outfit’s profile. These SOREL boots are somehow badass, cute, and totally functional, I love their high height and fluffy top. To give this slightly edgy look some playful, girly flavor, why not add pink outfits and layer a winter floral over the button down blouse.
This camel coat is gorgeous but the biggest plus is that it covers your bum just enough that you can wear a skirt and or leggings. It also has a fully functional heavy hood to keep the weather out of your hair and makeup. If you do wear a coat like this without pants, you MUST wear tights. Skirts are acceptable but freezing to death is not. Here we have a bright red holiday skirt, a black and white striped shirt, and a cozy sweater to give you a lot of flowing soft fabrics to play in. The gloves are really cool too because they’re ‘normal’ leather but with an optional knit overlay for extra warmth. To top everything off, add a little bit of glitz with sparkly earrings. Overall this is a great outfit to walk a bit in the snow and then unwind at a holiday party.
– Julia of Style and Cheek