Chelsea boots are the stylish man’s secret weapon. Find out how to deploy them to greatest effect.
So, what is it about Chelsea boots? How did a boot that started out as a practical option for a small, dumpy queen to wear beneath her big black frock when romping about her Highland Estate become the most stylish footwear a man can wear?
Well, for a start, Chelsea boots are the most flattering footwear a man can wear. Worn correctly, they make short legs look longer and long legs look like they go on forever.
They’re also incredibly versatile. They work with suits, jeans, tweed, chinos. Chelsea boots will literally take you anywhere. Practical and tough enough for country life, they carry a whiff of urban cool that will forever be associated with the Beetles, the ‘60’s and the first wave of Cool Britannia.
Suited and Booted
The clean, simple lines of the Chelsea boot work incredibly well with a suit. Make sure your boots are polished to a high sheen.
Country with a Townie Twist
Country staples like cord and tweed look a little more Town when paired with Chelsea boots. The ideal boot for a country fella taking a trip to the smoke.
Wearing Chelsea boots and trousers in the same dark shades creates a single uninterrupted line. This has the magical effect of making the wearer appear longer and leaner.
There are few style rules for Chelsea boots. They are however very important.
- A tapered, slim leg trouser works best with Chelsea boots.
- Chelsea boots are most flattering if the trousers just barely rests on the front of the boot without a fold (known as a break). Those with longer legs can get away with a single break (or fold). Any more than this looks sloppy.
- Turn ups work well with Chelsea boots, on both jeans and more formal trousers.
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