Show me your boots: Charlottesville street style

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Photo: Natasha Kalergis Photo: Natasha Kalergis

What’s the big deal about boots? Answer: They are one of the most versatile accessories you can own. Rugged, equestrian, urban, conservative, or sometimes totally coquettish, boots dress up our jeans and give a down-to-earth feel to more delicate pieces like silk or lace. On the colder days (which, hopefully, there won’t be too many more of), they enable us to wear our skirts and dresses as we please. In other words, boots enhance the versatility of our clothes, and,
if you ask me, every woman should have a pair or two.

Photo: Natasha Kalergis
Photo: Natasha Kalergis

A Colorado native, DIANNA volunteers for many local organizations, including Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia. She also has a 9-year-old daughter, Olivia, whom she chauffeurs to soccer, lacrosse, and tennis. I stopped Dianna because she seemed like a young woman who had picked up some of her fashion flair outside of Charlottesville. Turns out, she lived in New York City for several years and had the opportunity to work in fashion for Nicole Miller in her showroom on Seventh Avenue. Getting to “play dress-up” for a living shaped her sense of style and still impacts the decisions she makes with fashion today. Her boots are from House of Harlow (Nicole Richie’s brand) and her patterned jacket is by Michael Kors.

Photo: Natasha Kalergis
Photo: Natasha Kalergis

ESTHER (pictured here with her helper, Julio) is a nursing student who also works at the boutique clothing store Sustain. She enjoys working at the boutique because of its environmental approach to fashion, which in turn influences her own style of dressing. Her skirt is from The Toggery (a hip, Midwestern resale boutique), her shirt is by Artists and Revolutionaries (an eco-friendly fashion label based in Hudson, New York), and her boots are by Florentini + Baker (picked up at Scarpa).

Photo: Natasha Kalergis
Photo: Natasha Kalergis

I saw SHELITA in the Fashion Square Mall while we were both doing some light shopping. Originally from Louisa, she is now a New Yorker who works for an investment firm. She described her style as “chic with an edge,” which is probably why her favorite places to shop are on-trend stores like Zara and H&M. Her scarf and leggings are from H&M, her tote is Michael Kors, her leather jacket is from Wyatt, and the pièce de résistance? Her boots are from Shoemint, a website created by actress Rachel Bilson, stylist Nicole Chavez, and designer Steve Madden.

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