Being a summer intern is stressful, in the fashion sense. It’s a never-ending quest to find an outfit both appropriate for work and for the weather. One particularly challenging–but also versatile–item to wear is boots. We have lots of them (oh yes, Philly winters!), but not all boot styles are fit for the summer. You probably want to avoid knee-high suede boots, for example. Instead, low-rise boots made of a light material are ideal for summer: you can wear them outside on a 90-degree day without overheating, but they’ll help you stay a little warmer in a chilly office.
We challenged The WALK’s Editor-in-Chief, Emily Sherbany, to find one pair of stylish summer boots and figure out how to wear them to work three times. The results are out. Now we can all take a peek inside the Editor’s closet, where you’ll find chunky knits, floral tanks, embroidered shorts, and endless ways to combine summery pieces into savvy internship outfits.
First, Emily chose low-rise booties in a neutral (and not too dark!) color. The laces and perforated leather of the boots paired with the open-knit sweater add depth and a summery feel to the solid, army-green pants. Perfect for a cooler day, the ensemble is topped off with a matching leather cuff and statement necklace.
For the dog days, go for cool floral patterns in flowing fabrics. Take the feminine look to the next level with lace shorts. But rather than pairing lace and floral pieces with dainty sandals, ground the outfit with lace-up booties that balance out the airiness and connote a tougher look. The contrast creates interest. When you wear boots with shorts, just make sure you keep it appropriate with boots that have a small heel or no heel at all.
Layering is key for summer internship fashion. It’s the perfect way to assemble an outfit you can transition to casual or evening when you want to meet up with friends after work or do a little shopping. Depending on the weather, you can wear long- or short-sleeved layers. Make layering work with a combination of loose and fitted pieces. After work, tone down the business vibe of a blazer with a long necklace and funky bangles.
Got a favorite summer boots look? Share it with us in the comments!
- Elonia McHenry