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How to wear ankle boots

The time has come to stow away your summer sandals and peep-toe shoes. Ankle boots are the essential autumn staple and are a chic addition to any wardrobe. These versatile booties are so on trend this changing season and can be styled with almost any outfit, you just need the know-how. Whether it’s leather or suede, buckled or printed, heels or flats there’s a style to suit every foot. This post will explore how to choose the best leg wear that compliments the ankle boot, assist in choosing the right ankle boots for the right occasion and celebrate our new autumn trends. Scroll for inspiration, along with our shoppable hot picks. 

Styling ankle boots with skinny jeans 

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The universally loved skinny jean has a place in every wardrobe and can be worked with an array of different styled boots. If you prefer a boot with a taller shaft like our Bettiah range, these look best tucked in – this elevates the boot and makes the leg look ultra slim. A boot with a  lower shaft, however, works untucked or cuffed. The trick with a lower shaft boot, like our Ableist range, is to keep your ankle shown – showing a little skin can remove any fear of your legs looking stumpy. Try rolling or double cuffing your jeans for a cute and casual daytime look. We want to avoid baggage at the bottom, so if your skinny won’t tuck, don’t force it. 

High heel block boots work with anything, our staple favourites are Lotus black leather.  Introducing a smart blazer for a formal look that works well at the office, while a leather or casual jacket complements a more relaxed style. 

Styling ankle boots with the straight Leg 

Cool yet casual, the straight leg jean is the ultimate leg elongator and works well extended over the boot. This look is made for exploring the city streets, whether you’re shopping until you drop or partying the night away. The straight leg works with an array of styles; the perfect excuse to get experimenting in a full length mirror. 

Go wild 

Snake things up this autumn – we’re absolutely loving snakeskin and alternative patterns for a step away from our same old black boots. Not only do they make a statement but they make choosing an outfit super easy; you can just let the boots do the talking. Dare to be wild with the Loona Monochrome boots, they come in an array of different prints such as zebra and tiger. If you’re not feeling ready to make a bold statement, Loona black mini leopard suede boots are a perfect way to introduce a pop of personality.  

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animal boot

Styling ankle boots with the bootcut 

The bootcut has been styled for decades, it is all about the length. We love a long bootcut paired with heeled pointed boots, a dressy stiletto heel adds a touch of class, while a boot with a thicker heel can be worn all day and night, Kelli Black Leather ankle boots provide style and comfort. Zazie Red-Leopard calf hair ankle boots have a stunning close fitting and are a lot more versatile than you may think – they are at the top of our autumn wish list!  

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black boot

Styling ankle boots with leggings

Leggings are not only the comfiest of clothing, but are perfect tucked into your favourite boots. They create a seamless elongated leg line, which sometimes can’t be achieved with even the skinniest of jeans. Want to take this look from day to night? Faux leather leggings are a sophisticated alternative that can transform your outfit in a matter of minutes. 

Styling ankle boots with dresses & Skirts 

boots with skirt

Just because the cooler weather is on the horizon, you don’t need to ditch your skirts and dresses! Update your wardrobe and take your sassy summer slip skirt to fall by pairing it with a sleek pair of pointed boots; minimal effort, elegant standards. Ankle boots styled with a swing dress or skirt give girls a casual boho vibe that is fun for festivals and concerts, our favourites are Adali Khaki Porvair and Nurela Black Leather. Be bold; you can totally wear cool leather boots with a delicate floral dress; these add a little edge to even the most feminine looks. 

Work styling 

Western heels and Chelsea boots such as Colina Black Leather, smarten an outfit and are perfect for work; introduce layers such as jackets, knitwear and tights when the leaves start to fall, this will take your outfit to another level of style. Ankle boots and midi-length hemlines are the perfect combination of elegant and chic. When the weather starts to take a turn, finish your look off with a trench and tousled up-do. 

Ultimately, ankle boots are your best friend. Through high pressured office meetings, relaxed casual lunches or cocktails with the girls; the trick is finding the right friend for you. 

Shop the ankle boot trend 

For on-trend pieces, browse our autumn arrivals. These ankle boots are easy to wear, contour your feet perfectly and are sure to make heads turn. Which one will you be adding to your wardrobe this season? 

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animal boot

   

5 Fitness Motivation Tips For The New Year

Hands up if getting on top of your fitness has ever been one of your New Year’s Resolutions?

All too often, when it comes to fitness, we find ourselves starting the year with bucket loads of motivation, but inevitably fall out of love with our new routine in just a few weeks.

So, just how do you maintain your fitness motivation all year round? Here at Moda, we’ve put together our top five tips …

Travel in Style: The Best European Christmas Markets

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – Christmas market season.

There’s nowhere on earth quite as festive as a Christmas market: the hustle and bustle of happy revellers, the smell of mulled wine brewing and traditional foods cooking, and the sounds of Christmas songs filling your ears – pure bliss!

If you’re wanting to get into the Christmas spirit, have you considered indulging in a winter weekend getaway? There are a whole host of stunning Christmas markets across Europe just waiting to be discovered – here are three of our favourites…

How To Throw A Sophisticated Halloween Party

If you thought Halloween was only for the kids to celebrate, you’d be sorely mistaken!

Whether you’re wanting to party the night away or you’re wanting a cosy horror film binge with the girls, Halloween is a great excuse to throw a themed get together for you and your friends.

But how do you take a Halloween party from juvenile to sophisticated? Luckily for you, here at Moda in Pelle, we’ve put together our top 6 tips for throwing a grown-up Halloween party.

AW18 Style Guide: The 5 Trends You Need To Know

Is your wardrobe autumn ready?

We know, we know – autumn and winter are probably the last things on your mind right now. But, if you’re wanting to keep ahead of the game in terms of style, now is the optimum time to begin revamping your wardrobe.

Here at Moda, we’re always on the lookout for the next big trend. So, we’ve taken a look back over the catwalks of AW18/19 to sort the ‘hot’ from the ‘not’ and bring you our favourite trends of the new season.

So, exactly what should we be wearing throughout the autumn/winter months?

How To Host The Perfect Summer BBQ

Barbeques and garden parties are a summertime staple; the atmosphere is chilled, the drinks are flowing, and you have a fantastic opportunity to relax in the sun and catch up with your loved ones.

There’s no rush, and no pressure — unless you’re hosting that is!

While it is the people who really do make the party, if you’re hosting you naturally feel the extra pressure to ensure everyone is having a great time. So, if you’re thinking of throwing a garden party or firing up the barbeque, we’ve put together a number of tips and tricks to guarantee an event that your guests will be buzzing about all summer!

Festival Footwear Trends 2018: Top 6 Do’s and Don’ts

As the dust from Coachella settles and we gear up for festival season in the UK, now is the perfect time to take a closer look at one of our favourite topics here at Moda — festival footwear!

Festival footwear can be tricky. You, of course, want to look fabulous, but you also want to ensure you are comfortable enough to party the night away! With this in mind, we thought we’d take a closer look at some of the top festival footwear do’s and don’ts, alongside some of our favourite options to help you nail your festival looks this summer.

Race Day Style: What To Wear To The Races

Dressing for any special occasion can be tricky; the races bring a whole new meaning to the word!

What to wear for the races well and truly is a minefield. You have awkward late spring weather and mind-boggling dress codes to contend with — and, of course, you want to look fabulous!

With the Grand National this weekend kicking off horse racing season, here at Moda in Pelle we thought we’d take a closer look at race day fashion. So, whether you’re getting dressed up and heading out to a local Ladies Day or you’re prepping for Royal Ascot, you can ensure you look your best with our top race day fashion tips.

Check the dress code

First things first — check the dress code! Some of the bigger race events, especially in the more prestigious enclosures, have strict dress codes; you definitely don’t want to be turned away for something as silly as wearing the wrong hat!

If you’re attending the Royal Ascot, be especially mindful of the rules. Cropped trousers or tops are a definite no-no, for example, and straps on tops or dresses should be one inch or more across the shoulders. While other events, especially your local races, are likely to have much more relaxed dress codes, it is definitely worth double checking before you commit to your look.

Keep it elegant

Once you’ve identified the dress code, you can move onto the fun part — the clothes! While the races definitely call for a ‘dressy’ look, stay away from what you’d usually wear for an evening out. Race day outfits should be more closely linked to what you would wear to a daytime wedding rather than a big night out — think chic formal dresses in classic shades finished with subtle accessories.

Nudes and pastels are perfect choices for a classic, elegant daytime look. Or, if you’re looking to make more of a statement, prints are your new best friend! Nature inspired prints, such as florals or feathers, are perfect for a sunny day at the races.

Check the weather

Of course, your look will largely depend on the weather. If you’re attending a race in spring, you could be faced with anything from rain to bright sunshine. Keep a firm eye on the weather in the run-up to the event, and be ready to make last minute adjustments in case the forecast changes.

If rain is on the cards, opt for a cover-up jacket, and slightly more ‘sensible’ shoes — stilettos sinking into mud is not a good look! If you’re lucky and the weather is looking on the hotter side, opt for lightweight fabrics, sleeveless dresses, and stand out from the crowd in a pair of killer heels.

Pay attention to detail

Once you have your outfit sorted, you can get started on accessories. A formal, elegant look really is all about the little details — there’s nothing like chipped nails or laddered tights to ruin an otherwise perfect look!

Think about the accessories you want to work with. Hats and fascinators scream ‘race day fashion’, and are a fantastic way to instantly elevate your ensemble. If you’re going for a statement hat, ensure the rest of your outfit is kept simple. Or, if your outfit makes a statement, a subtle, understated headpiece will perfectly complete your look.

With jewellery, keep it simple and sophisticated. A pretty chain necklace or a pair of chic studded earrings are ideal for adding a polished yet fashion-forward edge to your race day look. Finally, opt for a super-stylish clutch bag to complete your elegant ensemble.

Shop clutch bags

  • Ilaribag Nude Suede

Consider Your Footwear

The final thing to consider, and yet one of the most important, is your footwear. Race days can be long events, and you’re going to be on your feet for much of the day. You need footwear that isn’t hugely unpractical — it needs to be comfortable all day long but, naturally, you want it to look good too!

When it comes to footwear you need to once again consider the weather. If rain is predicted, opt for block heels or wedge sandals. These will elevate your look, add an instant touch of style, and won’t sink into any damper grass.

Shop wedges

  • Rivas Nude Patent

Shop block heels

  • Madio Gold Snakeskin

If you’re expecting a drier day, stand out for all the right reasons in a pair of sophisticated stilettos. Nude or pink high heel shoes with gold detailing are absolutely perfect for race day; they are versatile and elegant, and will bring an instantly glam edge to your look.

Shop high heels

  • Lazanto Rose Gold Porvair

 


Whether you have a day at the races booked in or you’re looking for footwear or accessories for a special occasion, be sure to explore the full Moda in Pelle collection. From shoes and sandals expertly blending fashion and comfort to evening and clutch bags, you’re sure to find the perfect piece to take any look to the next level.

Golden Globes 2018: Top Style and Footwear Picks

The Golden Globes are always a memorable affair — this year, however, they were memorable for a different reason.

The 75th Golden Globe awards took place on Saturday 6th January and as a display of support for the Time’s Up movement, which protests gender inequality and sexual harassment in the workplace, the vast majority of women opted to wear black ensembles.

This sea of black clothing, symbolising the women of Hollywood standing together in solidarity, certainly made a powerful statement. From a fashion point of view, it also allowed the women to make their looks their own and celebrate femininity through the little touches.

Rather than restrict, the powerful black theme allowed the ladies to experiment with textures, silhouettes, cuts, embellishments and accessories, showcasing their own individuality while making a powerful combined statement.

Sit back, and enjoy some of our favourite red carpet style picks…

Embellished boots

Heeled boots are always a go-to in the colder winter months; they can (quite literally!) elevate a look while ensuring your feet remain warm and comfortable — what’s not to love? Kerry Washington led the boot brigade at this years Golden Globes with these stunning embellished ankle boots.

 

Featuring a low sitting ankle length and a chic stiletto heel, these ultra sophisticated boots consisted of a black transparent design with unique floral and gem detailing. Paired with her stunning glittering asymmetric dress, these embellished beauties brought just the right amount of sparkle to Kerry’s look.

If you have a special occasion coming up and have fallen in love with the embellished boots trend (and we can’t blame you!), inject instant sass into your look with the Liberti Black Alcantara Heeled Shoe Boots.

 

Chic low ponytails

One hair trend that was all over the Golden Globes was waves. We’ve fallen head over heels with the effortless look sported by Dakota Johnson — a tousled do, pulled back into a low messy ponytail, with a few strategic strands pulled loose to frame the face. Super quick, super easy and super chic — it’ll definitely be our go-to for Valentines next month!

 

Statement red lips

In an elegant all black clothing palette, red lips prevailed. The likes of Claire Foy, Tracee Ellis Ross, Mandy Moore and Zoe Kravitz all opted to make a statement with a bold red lip.

 

From silky berry reds to deep matte burgundies, you can discover the perfect red to complement your style and skin tone.

If you’re looking to make a impression with bold pops of colours for a more casual affair, why not opt for a pair of red shoes or an eye catching red handbag?

Wearing the pants

At this years Golden Globes we, perhaps unsurprisingly, saw women stepping away from the traditional dresses of red carpets gone by and into something a little more modern. Yes, 2018 is the year of the pant suit! We spotted androgynous power suits and glam jumpsuits on the likes of Lena Waithe, Claire Foy, Susan Sarandon and Alexis Bledel, and we can safely say we’ve been converted!

 

For a special occasion this year — a wedding or work party perhaps — why not break the mold in a fashion forward pant suit? Slick your hair back into a ponytail and team with simple loafers or classic flats for a chic finish, or add a touch of glamour with bed head waves and your favourite stiletto heels.

 

Statement jewellery

When completing a statement look, all too often it is the small touches that can make the biggest impression. Case in point at the Golden Globes; Samira Wiley’s gorgeous accent necklace!

 

With a unique ‘floating’ style, Samira’s embellished necklace was set on mesh at the neckline of her sleek black gown. We’ll certainly be stealing her style this season with oversized and eye-catching jewelled necklaces.

Black stilettos

Given the unofficial dress code, it is unsurprising that footwear remained largely chic, simple and (you’ve guessed it) black across the board.

From simple strappy black high heeled shoes to textured or glittery options, a black shoe is a classic, creating the perfect finishing touch to any number of outfits.

  • Diane Black Snakeskin Heel


You can find out more about the Time’s Up movement, their mission, and why the stars of the Golden Globes wore black on the official Time’s Up website.

New Year Style Resolutions That You Can Make (And Keep!) In 2018

“New Year, new you”; we must have all heard that saying a hundred times by now! There’s something about the New Year that makes us all want to sort out our lives, whether that’s taking up a gym membership, cutting out bad habits or braving that trend we’ve been eyeing up for months but are just too scared to try.

To help you get 2018 off to a flying start, here at Moda in Pelle we’re talking through some of the most common and most useful New Year’s resolutions — alongside advice on how to make this year the year they actually happen!

The Resolution: Get Fit

Getting fit is basically a given on most people’s New Year resolutions list! The key thing with getting fit is to not look at it as a New Years resolution — this gives the idea of a temporary fix that will probably be forgotten come February, rather than an all-around lifestyle change.

 

If you want to get fit and stay fit throughout 2018, you need to consider the year as an overall. Set yourself goals for six months down the line that will ensure your good intentions don’t fizzle out after a few weeks — for example, signing up for a 5 or 10k run in the summer. This will give you a clear goal to work towards and ensure your resolution isn’t left behind after a few tough gym sessions!

The Shoes: Trainers

However you’re getting fit, whether it’s signing up to the gym or heading out on a run, trainers are an absolute must. For serious runs or gym sessions, make sure you’re fully supported with specialist running shoes. For lighter exercise, for example, yoga or pilates, make an impression with beautiful fashion trainers from Moda in Pelle. From embellished white trainers to eye-catching metallic options, you can discover the perfect trainers to give your workout ensemble a fashion-forward edge.

  • Aryan Silver Leather Trainer

 

The Resolution: Get Organised At Work

Getting organised at work will allow you to think more clearly, be more productive and, quite simply, get more done! Follow these top tips to ensure you get the most out of your work week:

    1. Organise your space. Messy desk, messy mind! Cut your papers, stationery and accessories down to a minimum — you’ll be amazed at just how much a declutter can help.
    2. Plan your week. These days, we’re all snowed under with technology. Appointments are arranged through emails and online calendars, and it can sometimes be hard to keep on top of everything. Buy yourself a diary or desk planner with a clear week-by-week view — having everything written down in one place will go a long way in helping you keep your week organised and productive.
    3. Make the most of your commute. Rather than sitting for half an hour staring out of a train window, use your commute to clear away some basic tasks. Catch up on your emails, and make a rough to-do list so that by the time you arrive at work you’re ready to hit the ground running.

 

The Shoes: Office Friendly Heels

If you’re on the lookout for new office wear to match your new attitude, look no further than a classic pair of black mid heel shoes. These are versatile, comfortable and professional, ensuring you always look at the top of your game — even when you don’t quite feel it!

  • Dorissa Black Leather Shoe

The Resolution: See The World

Travel really is one of the best things you can do, so if at all possible, use 2018 to start seeing the world! Whether you save for a big summer getaway, indulge in some European city breaks or even just begin exploring the good old UK, make sure this is the year you get out and about and live life to the full!

 

Begin saving a small amount each month, starting from January, and by summer you should easily have enough to book a relaxing trip away. If you’re on a budget, keep an eye out for last minute deals — you never know all the amazing new places you could discover!

The Shoes: Practical Flats and Summer Sandals

Wherever your destination, comfortable footwear is vital for a trip away. If you’re lucky enough to be jetting off on a beach or pool holiday, opt for pretty summer sandals. For something a little more urban, such as exploring a new city, choose a pair of simple ballerina shoes that will keep you looking and feeling both comfortable and stylish all day long.

  • Nariz White Leather Sandal


 

Start 2018 off stylishly with the selection of women’s footwear at Moda in Pelle. From luxurious leather boots to sophisticated heeled shoes, here you can discover the perfect options for any occasion.