How to Style Your Ankle Boots With Jeans

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Photography by Gabi Wells

An easy everyday momiform for fall

Outfit Details:

Casual Outfit: White T-shirt, Oatmeal Cardigan (runs big, order 1-2 sizes down. I’m in an XS), BlankNYC Jeans, Franco Sarto Ankle Boots (mine are from last season so they’re slightly different), Similar Leather Tote Bag, Karen Walker Sunglasses

Lace Up Sleeve Sweater, Madewell Jeans, Ankle Boots, Similar Saddle Bag, Karen Walker Sunglasses 


As we head into boot weather, this is a question you guys frequently ask: How do I wear ankle boots with my jeans?

I’ve teamed up with Nordstrom today to share two outfits, casual and a little dressed up, and two different styles of jeans and boots. Plus I’ll share a few tips for styling any ankle boot with jeans.

Ankle Boots and a cardigan
my favorite jeans
a perfect slouchy cardigan for fall
ankle boots with jeans
an easy fall outfit

Look one is a casual everyday kind of look for fall, with a pair of comfy jeans, a basic tee, a slouchy cardigan sweater, and a pair of 1″ ankle boots. Add a big bag and some sunglasses, and it’s an easy momiform look for cooler weather.

STYLING TIP: For low heeled ankle boots, let 1-2 inches of your ankle show above the ankle boot. If your jeans touch your boots, it gives you a shorter appearance. So give your jeans a little cuff or two! These tips apply to boyfriend jeans too.


button front jeans
dressed up for date night
obsessed with these jeans
date night
how to wear heeled ankle boots with jeans
madewell jeans with 1State Ankle Boots

Look two is a dressed up date night look. I love this lace up sleeve sweater, and am obsessed with these button up jeans. I paired them with a pair of heeled ankle boots and a small bag for a dressier feel.

STYLING TIP: Heeled ankle boots automatically give you a lift, so your skinny jeans can be longer and it won’t shorten the look of your leg in the same way.  No need to cuff, but don’t tuck them in. You can also wear boyfriend jeans with these, but leave a little skin gap between your boots and pants. 

I wrote a whole series of posts on Babble a few years ago about wearing skinny jeans and ankle boots — you can check out the series here, here, here, and here!



note: these tips will vary slightly depending on your body type and the style of jeans and ankle boots, but they’re a good basic guide. If you have questions about specific pairings, leave a comment below!

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  1. Sharon says:

    These are great tips. I love your second look, everything about it is perfect. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Kristin Staley says:

    Can you wear ankle boots and a dress with tights?

  3. Carrie says:

    So, do you still do this if it is like below 60 degrees?! I seriously want to know your opinion!

  4. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    Ankle boots are definitely my favorite in the colder months! I love how you styled these!


  5. loving those ankle boots!!!!

  6. Helen Veyna says:

    Ankle boots are one of my favorite winter/fall accessories! Thanks for these styling tips!


  7. Sabina says:

    Tips for colder areas where you don’t want to show your ankles because it’s freezing (like in Switzerland:-))?? Thanks :-)!

  8. Jamie Gowins says:

    Like someone else said, what about if it’s freezing? I’m trying to figure out socks with flat booties, like hightop zip up boot, or desert boots. Thanks!

    • merrickwhite says:

      Socks are a great option! I’d stick with neutral ones, like gray, cream, olive, navy, or black. For taller boots, tuck your skinny jeans into the socks and let the tops of the socks peek out over the boot. For flat boots, cuff your jeans as usual and bunch the socks up until they’re just underneath the cuff of your jeans. Hope that helps!

  9. DeLaney Joy says:

    So glad you posted this! I’m going out this weekend and was trying to figure out how I should cuff and wear my booties!

  10. Amy @ Sunlit Pages says:

    Yes, I’d also love to know how you would style these boots if it’s freezing and you don’t want any skin exposed!

  11. cassidy says:

    Yes, please tell us how to wear these if we don’t actually want skin at our ankles exposed! Winter is cold here in Japan! If these boots MUST leave skin exposed, would you show us some different boots that are good for cold weather that aren’t UGGS? Haha! Thanks, I so love your website!

    • merrickwhite says:

      Socks or tights are a great option for covering up those ankles and still creating the gap between the boots and jeans. Or you can wear a taller boot and tuck your jeans into those 🙂 I’ll share some good options on the blog soon!

  12. Cassie Strohofer says:

    What size is your lace up sweater, reading the reviews on Nordstrom and not sure what size to pick! Super cute.

  13. Hey dear, Thanks a lot for sharing such a great post on how to style boots with jeans. I have got some awesome ideas and information in your post. Your way of clothing is simply wow. I like your styles very much. I very agree with you “STYLING TIP: For low heeled ankle boots, let 1-2 inches of your ankle show above the ankle boot. If your jeans touch your boots, it gives you a shorter appearance. So give your jeans a little cuff or two! These tips apply to boyfriend jeans too.” Hope this will help me out so much.

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