We’re delighted to introduce you to Alyson Walsh, a former fashion editor and successful blogger whose creed is that ‘style is forever’. In the second of her series of exclusive posts she reveals how our Ivy biker boots rock her world.
What do Kate Moss, Sarah Jessica Parker and Michelle Obama have in common? They are all global style icons with a penchant for biker boots. Over the years, I’ve owned many pairs of black leather ankle boots but never ever embraced the biker style.
Which is strange considering that I grew up at the tail end of punk and have always had a penchant for leather and buckles and looking like Marianne Faithfull in Girl on a Motorcycle. Fortunately, Hotter has rectified this situation by very kindly sending me a pair of their Ivy boots to stomp around in (as well as being super-comfy they have a lovely Prince of Wales check lining).
I’ve trialled them on autumn walks in the local park and on my bike – it’s a pushbike not a Harley and probably the nearest I’ll get to Faithfull’s odyssey.
One thing I have noticed is that biker boots have plenty of attitude and hence, you have to be careful how you wear them. I find it’s best to temper them with a softer edge rather than going full-out rock chick. Here are my tips on how to wear biker boots without looking like the oldest swinger in town:
1: Leave the leathers to Johnny Depp and his Hollywood Vampires super group. Head-to-toe is a no-no. If Johnny Depp can’t pull it off without looking like he’s in fancy dress, neither can you
2: Keep trousers slim. Try a pair of black leggings or coated skinny jeans to tuck inside the boots; I’ve also worn mine with a pair of cropped slim jeans that end where the boots begin. Wider trousers and baggy styles just don’t go
3: Embrace Casual Glamour. Add a lovely silk blouse and a faux fur jacket for a feminine twist, or smarten up with a beautiful tailored jacket and a big patterned silk scarf
4: Go khaki crazy. Make like a French Vogue editor and choose black jeans, leather and khaki. Opt for a casual military jacket right now and swap for a big parka when winter kicks in.