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How To Wear Taupe Boots

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dress: Ramy Brook (or rent it at Rent The Runway) boots: Sole Society (similar here) clutch: Sole Society (try this instead), statement ring: Alexis Bittar

Taupe boots are the worst in the sense that few people know how to wear them and as we learned on this shoot, taupe changes color in different lighting. Also, stores use the word “taupe” quite aimlessly. Taupe seems to be used for every earthy color, from olive green and brown to grey and beige. Although, I don’t blame them. Someone asked me what color taupe was the other day and I found myself saying, “It’s kinda like a warm, light grey or a dirty beige.” To give you an idea of how to wear taupe boots, I invited back Paulina Morales of Lil Bits of Chic to show you more ways than one.

What To Wear With Taupe Boots aka What Colors Go With Taupe Boots

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Taupe boots can look dirty and sad if you pair them with bright white, shiny pastels, or any particularly joyous color. All bright colors are a no-no, and you never want to pair them with anything “hot.” You know, neon colors. You also want to skip crisp, dark colors like black or navy. And let’s not forget to skip highly-saturated colors like a deep, dark burgundy. Basically, there are a lot more “no” colors than there are “yes” colors that go with taupe.

Taupe boots look best with earth tones. Think cream, muted neutrals, and sage green. You can pair taupe with other colors, but make sure they are “soft” shades of those colors. Paulina did a great job of showing you how to pair taupe with red. Do you see how most of the red in her dress is earthy? You can also pair taupe with a soft plum, tan, or medium grey. Although don’t pair it with light grey — they are too close in hue. Oops, look there. Another color not to wear with taupe. I should tell you now that taupe boots are not a highly versatile shoe choice. They may not be an efficient purchase for those seeking versatility — unless your whole wardrobe is full of cream, sage green, and muted neutrals. To sum up, here are the colors that looks best with taupe boots…

  1. Muted Green
  2. Muted Creams
  3. Beige
  4. Muted Tans
  5. Muted Rust/Oranges
  6. Muted Eggplant
  7. Medium Grey

How To Wear Taupe Boots – Best Dresses To Wear With Tall Taupe Boots

dresses to wear with taupe boots
Free People $68 (also available here)

The best dresses to wear with tall taupe boots are shorter dresses. And as I mentioned, you want these dresses to be in an earth-tone palette, like cream, muted burgundy, sage green, or olive green. Here are my favorite dresses to wear with tall taupe boots this season:

    1. WAYF x Jourdan Sloane Sophie Feather Cuff Long Sleeve Sweater Dress in camel
    2. Free People Tate Side Tie Mini Dress in summer khaki or pretty penny
    3. WAYF x Jourdan Sloane Diane Half Zip Long Sleeve Sweater Minidress in heather grey
    4. Fraiche by J Tie Front Sweater Dress in heather grey

Best Dresses To Wear With Taupe Booties

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Halogen $99 $41.97

When wearing taupe booties, aka shorter boots, you can wear a dress of basically any length. I am particularly fond of the midi dress with booties look. Here are my favorite dresses to wear with taupe booties:

  1. Lafayette Cashmere Midi Sweater Dress in toffee
  2. Faherty Jackson Sweater Dress in oatmeal heather
  3. REISS Fallon Knitted Turtleneck Bodycon Dress in oatmeal (also available here)
  4. Halogen Animal Print Long Sleeve Dress

Shirts To Wear With Taupe Boots

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Free People $47.99-111.26

Of course, one of the go-to looks with taupe booties is cropped jeans and a top. Here are a few earth-tone shirts and sweaters to wear with taupe booties this season:

  1. Free People Mock Neck Sweater in sand castle or tungsten
  2. Madewell Havener Cable Pullover Sweater in frosted sage (available in plus sizes, here)
  3. Madewell Sadler Turtleneck Sweater in heather camel or antique cream (available in plus sizes, here)

Best Color Jeans To Wear With Taupe Boots

how to wear taupe boots
Ksubi $190

When wearing taupe booties, stay away from dark or highly saturated hues of denim. Instead, opt for medium or lighter blue jeans. These are all the jeans I’m loving right now that go with taupe boots:

  1. Good American High Waist Medium Blue Skinny Jeans
  2. Good American Good Legs Skinny Jeans in Blue655
  3. NYDJ Alina Ankle Skinny Jeans in Reverence
  4. Joe’s The Charlie High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans in Ignite
  5. Joe’s Twiggy High Waist Long Skinny Jeans in Persuasion

Besides blue jeans, you can also wear taupe booties with olive green jeans like these by KUT from the Kloth. But my favorite pants to wear with taupe boots are beige jeans. Here are all the best color pants to pair with your taupe boots:

  1. Beige Jeans
  2. Off-White/Ivory Jeans
  3. Muted Olive Green or Sage Green Jeans

Best Leggings for Taupe Boots

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Splendid $98

Leggings are an excellent choice to pair with tall taupe boots. Any muted legging will enhance a taupe boot, but I especially love a muted green, brown, or burgundy. Per the theme of taupe boots, stay away from anything too dark or too bright.

Photos by Dayley Photography 

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