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If you've ever been to a music festival or an outdoor cafe in the spring, you likely noticed the interesting mix of part-winter, part-summer outfits everyone wears so gleefully. Viewing new ensembles that somehow still include boots as the weather warms typically leads to spring fever. The only prescription necessary for your mild bout of envy is a little work in your closet. With a new take on how to add boots into your spring style, you'll be amazed by how simple it really is.
Keep wearing your over-the-knee boots even though spring has sprung -- just because the calendar keeps moseying along doesn't mean it's a miraculous 78 degrees outside! Revise the rest of your outfit and opt for your lighter-hued boots in nudes, grays and natural tones. Try out a light-hued 3/4-sleeve sweater such as light blue or creme over a pair of dark blue skinny jeans for an appropriate transitional look. Pull your boots over your jeans and layer on a floral cotton scarf for an extra kick. Cover up with a lightweight trench if you're still trying to overcome a slight chill in the air.
Wear your dark, high-heel ankle boots with an all-white look for a fresh-as-a-daisy appearance met with a bit of a rough-and-tumble vibe. Pull on a lightweight, classic white sweater over a white skirt or skinny white jeans. Slip into your black, brown or gray ankle booties, and you've brought your boots into a bright spring look. Add a nude or light gray bag to your look if you're feeling a little overwhelmed by the bright white. Throw on a statement necklace, and you're one pulled-together spring boot wearer!
Step outside of your comfort zone by wearing spring boots with your new maxi dress when the weather finally presents a blissfully warm spring day. Look for boots that have crossed over from winter to spring -- they'll be available at department stores and boutiques. Find neutral, distressed cowboy-inspired ankle boots -- something about them evokes the idea of a lovely lass on a horse with flowers in her hair, only with an urban vibe. Slip into your dress -- whether it's dark blue or white, your neutral, distressed boots will blend with it. Avoid socks or wear some little anklets that hide inside your boots so you can get a little bare-legs practice in before the weather really heats up.
While dark booties are okay for transitioning into spring, avoid heavy dark browns or black when it comes to taller boots -- pack them away with the rest of your winter wardrobe to keep everything seasonally appropriate.