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Tell Us: Will You Wear Ankle Boots?

08/09/2006 at 05:00 AM ET

Here’s a fall trend that is causing some trepidation: Ankle boots! Sure the likes of Mischa Barton and Kate Moss can pull it off, but for most of us this style has the potential to make our legs looks shorter and fatter than they are! We asked Julia Gilhart, fashion director of Barneys New York, how to wear this trend and she suggests staying away from Mischa’s look (left). “Bare legs are NOT the way to go,” says Gilhart. “You need opaque tights.” Another way that works: Paired with leggings that are a little shorter, showing off just a hint of skin. What do you think? Would you wear ankle boots? The ones shown here from Bebe, $129, are pretty cute. Don’t you think?

For more ankle boots and how to wear them, check out PEOPLE’s StyleWatch Fall issue, on sale now at newsstands.

Photo: Tony Barson/WireImage; Jeff Harris

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Melinda on

FREAKIN’ UGLY!

c on

I will never wear these. Ick.

Lee on

But then, that’s fashion, right? If it’s conventional or the “usual” thing, ugh, dull, ho-hum. Propriety and convention are for hoi polloi. If it looks a bit bizarre, and your first reaction is “Wha??” it’s quite possible that within a few months you’ll have to have it. Or not–it’s a hit or miss thing.

ida on

of course i would, I Love ankle boots

sofia on

she doesn’t look that bad! it’s kind of a punky rock chick look. it’s cool.

haydee on

few years from now, they will look back and say…what the hell was i thinking?

Christine on

This is definitely one of those trends I’m gonna sit out! They don’t even look good on the stars!

Candy on

Just because one example (okay, so Paris makes two) of a style doesn’t look good, don’t trash the entire look.

With opaque tights and a jean skirt or black capris, ankle boots are great. Or with leggings and an oversize sweater (remembering that leggings and skinny jeans are not for the curvy).

Just me on

Talk about Fugly, these are on the opposite spectrum of good taste.

Leah on

Those boots that Mischa is wearing are adorable…most of the people commenting here don’t seem to be very confident or have a good sense of fashion…yes the boots are not for everyone, but I also think that this is a trend that will thrive in big cities like LA, NYC, MIA etc, not to mention obviously in europe where people are definitly more fashion forward…after all the traveling I’ve done i’ve come to realize that the average woman is afraid to take risks…if there is something that you can take from stars is confidence, no matter what they look like it looks like they love it…ankle boots are in, I’ve already bought a few pairs and have gotten many compliments, give them a chance!

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