How To Wear White Ankle Boots

I have a very light and airy wardrobe, so it was only a matter of time before I added a white ankle boot into my wardrobe. I’m not going to lie, up until last year I haven’t been very interested in styling them because I was comfortable with my go-to neutral booties throughout Fall and Winter. But as white booties have grown increasingly more popular over the last year, I decided to see what they were all about.

I think the main appeal of the white ankle boot is that it’s a little unexpected, which makes it feel more fashion-forward. Yet, it’s a neutral color, so it will pretty much pair with everything in your wardrobe.

Whether you’re wanting a dressier white boot, or something more casual, this post is your go-to guide on how to wear white ankle boots this season.

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How to wear white ankle boots

I never want you to buy something, then let it sit in your closet because you’re not sure how to make it work in your wardrobe. So let’s break down the many ways to style them, that way you can see what to wear white ankle boots with so you know if they’re right for your wardrobe.

How to Dress up White Ankle boots

I think the biggest key to dressing up your ankle booties is selecting a boot that has a dressier feel. I break down the different types of white boots later in this post. But here are a few ways to pair them for a dressier outfit:

  • Wear a monochromatic white on white outfit.
  • Pair a pointed toe white bootie with a flared dress pant
  • Pair a stiletto white bootie with a pencil skirt and blazer
  • Style a little black dress with a pair of white booties and a white clutch

How to dress down white ankle boots for casual outfits

White ankle booties are just as easy to dress down for a casual outfit as they are to dress them up.

  • Wear your white boots with cropped distressed jeans
  • Pair your booties with leggings and an oversized tunic sweater
  • They will work with almost any casual dress in your wardrobe
  • Wear white ankle boots with white jeans

Consider the heel color

The heel color will determine whether the white boot leans more casually or dressier. For example, a white bootie with a wood heel color will be better suited for casual outfits, while a white heel feels dressier.

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When in doubt, wear neutrals

For a classic look, pair your white ankle boots with neutrals in your wardrobe. Remember, white is neutral color, so it won’t clash with other colors. I have a full guide to wearing neutral colors here! I think they even look great paired with leopard print during fall.

How to Keep white booties clean

Keeping white booties clean isn’t as difficult as you may think! The biggest culprit that will discolor your booties are dark denim jeans. For that reason, I plan to primarily wear mine with dresses and skirts. But as long as your jeans are cropped above the boot, you shouldn’t have any issues! And luckily, cropped denim is in style right now!

Depending on the material of your white boots, I recommend getting Scotchguard to use on any of your suede boots as soon as you get them. This makes them easier to clean, and also water resistant. I’ve worn suede boots in the pouring rain walking through NYC and they still look good as new!

If you get a white leather, I recommend using a leather conditioner to buff away any marks. This conditioner works great on leather handbags, too!

If your white ankle boot has a shiny finish, take a magic eraser to any scuff marks to buff them away. With any of these cleaning methods, always patch test a less seen area before to make sure there’s no color transfer.

Different white ankle boot styles

There are a lot of different styles of white ankle boots, some being more casual and others a little dressier depending on your personal style and how you choose to wear them.

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If you want a more casual white ankle boots, look for something with a thicker blocked heel. More casual fabrics would include suede, matte leather, or embossed leather. Ankle cutouts on the side and exposed zippers are also details that can make a white bootie look more casual.

Casual details to look out for: wood heel color, blocked heel, ankle length, wider cut around the ankle, zippers, suede leather or matte leather, cowboy boots.

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If you want a dressier white ankle boot, look for one with a skinnier, stiletto high heel. Dressier fabrics to look out for would be something a little shinier, like a patent or a glossier white leather. An ankle boot that fits closer to the leg will also look dressier than one with a wider opening across the ankle. Dressier white booties are great for women who want to wear them to work or have more of an edgy street style.

Dressier details to look out for: white or acrylic heel, closer fit across the ankle, higher ankle cut, high heel, stiletto heel, pointed-toe boot.

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white ankle boot outfit ideas

I created a digital lookbook with 20 fall outfit ideas paired with white booties. You can download it here and use this as style inspiration throughout the season!

barefoot dreams cardigan (tts, small) \\ stripe basic tee (similar here) \\ suede mini skirt (runs slightly big, wearing a 27) \\ white ankle boots \\ Tory Burch bag (similar here) \\ shop my bracelet stack here

This look was actually recreated from my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale lookbook where I styled 100 fall outfits from the sale! If you missed it, you can still download it here and use it for fall outfit inspiration this season.

white bodysuit (tts, if you have a longer torso, size up) \\ ivory poncho \\ distressed mom jeans (tts, no stretch so if between size up) \\ Gucci Soho Disco bag (full review here) \\ neutral lipstick \\ white booties (size up a half size \\ heart earrings

I have these distressed mom jeans in a short, so I wouldn’t worry about denim transfer as much with them! You can see how the jeans look on here.

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rust eyelet dress (tts, small) \\ gucci crossbody bag \\ white ankle boots (sized up a half size) \\ watch

floral dress \\ neutral cardigan \\ Tory Burch bag \\ neutral lipstick \\ white booties \\ heart earrings

This outfit is a preview from my latest digital lookbook sharing 20 fall outfit ideas with white booties. You can download it here!

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color block cardigan (sold out) similar here \\ bodycon dress (such a great basic! sized up to a medium) \\ heart earrings \\ white booties (size up a half size)

Pair your white booties with wardrobe basics. I like to layer this bodycon dress under ponchos or cardigans throughout fall. It’s very flattering on but as comfortable as a t-shirt dress! I’m wearing a medium in the dress and small in the cardigan.

white bodysuit (tts, if you have a long torso size up) \\ neutral wrap cardigan \\ white jeans (I always go with a 6 in their jeans) \\ hat (see more hats for fall here) \\ white crossbody bag \\ white booties \\ heart earrings \\ Chanel lip color (merry rose) \\ long necklace

Don’t be afraid to wear your white ankle boots with white jeans. Monochromatic looks are always a good idea.

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chunky knit sweater: sized up to a medium (similar here and here) \\ similar white belt \\ suede mini skirt (tts, 27) \\ white ankle boot \\ bracelet

This outfit was originally from my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale try on haul.

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Will you be adding white ankle boots to your wardrobe this season? What do you think of them? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. Lucia wrote:

    I love the way that you styled the white booties! At first I was really hesitant about purchasing a pair, but after seeing your style and looks I decided to go for it and purchase the Steve Madden pair you have. I could not be happier with my purchase! Even though I did not get them during the Nsale, they are worth it.

    Posted 9.11.20 Reply
    • Yay! I was not a fan of white ankle boots until this year either, but I think they have really evolved from the dressy/ shiny white booties I’ve seen in years past. So glad you’re happy with them and I can’t wait to style them throughout the season.

      Posted 9.11.20 Reply