Boat shoes are this season’s quintessential chic shoes. The laid-back look mixed with classic style is perfect when you want to opt for comfortable yet fashionable shoes. My old boat shoes (Seen here) died a natural death few months back and so started my search for a new pair.
I’m not sure how many of you are aware of this online brand called American Swan. I recently came across their website and it had exactly what I wanted, Perfect Tan Boat shoes. Talking about American swan, it has such a mix of classic yet cool stuff and what impressed me the most was the edgy detailing. So if you are the kind who appreciates details like anchor trimmings, stripes, cool graphics & nautical style, you are bound to adore the collection on American Swan.
So why are we talking so much about the boat shoes, you wonder? That is simply because it is only after I disposed my old shoes I realized how versatile they are and how they had become my go-to shoes. So here are 5 styling tips you should keep in mind when you plan to wear boat shoes:
1. Ankle Rule: Always make sure you flash a bit of your ankle when you are wearing boat shoes. You can wear them with cropped pants, tights to get a good balance in your outfit.
2. Feminine Touch: As the shoes have a more neutral feel, you can add a nice floral clutch, statement necklace with a pastel shirt, bright lipstick etc . OR you can just go for a tomboy look instead 🙂
3. Know the occasion: A pair of boat shoes when worn with cropped trousers and a blazer works perfectly for a casual-Friday outfit at the office and looks equally great with shorts and a tee for a low-key, lazy Sunday. So it’s important to plan your outfit well for the occasion before you put on your shoes.
4. Hit right above the knee: Any shoes without heels inevitably make the legs look shorter which can turn out to be a problem, especially for petite women. So when pairing it with a skirt , a pair of shorts or a dress, make sure you hit it right above the knee in order to elongate your legs as much as possible.
5. Say No to socks: Boat shoes as the name suggests are designed to be worn on boat and around water so do not wear socks with them.
Lets have a look at how I wore my new boat shoes recently.
Shoes: American Swan
Clutch: Thrifted (Hong Kong)