It’s no secret that boots are a fall staple. Above the knee, heeled, notch, western or combat, the styles are truly endless. But perhaps the real hero of the season is the Chelsea boot. The popular style of ankle boots often includes an elastic patch and pull tab, they are versatile enough that you can pair them with almost any outfit for virtually any occasion. Naturally, that makes a pair the perfect travel companions for fall getaways. Comfortable enough to wear on any plane, train or car, they’re chic enough to go with you wherever your day or night takes you.
To make travel planning (and packing) easier, we’ve got three totally doable looks to inspire you. Discover your new favorite boots and the pieces that complement them, whatever the activities of your itinerary.
From cultural attractions and museums to monuments, shows and everything in between, comfort (with a stylish edge) is your best friend. Vionic’s Brionie Chelsea Boots (available in 4 colours!) have super lightweight, supportive soles that mean feet don’t get tired after a long day of walking, and chic suede uppers that are media-perfect social. Extend the classic yet comfy look with luxe leggings in a neutral hue and a must-have white tee. To add a little brightness (you’re on vacation, right?), complement the basics better with a pink jacket, which brings both warmth and color to your cut.
Boots: Vionic Brionie Chelsea Boot, $150 at vionicshoes.com; Shacket: BB Dakota by Steve Madden, $86 at nordstrom.com; T-shirt: Le Bon Shoppe, $48 at twodaysoff.com; Leggings: Ascot Manner, $63 at ascotmanor.com; Bag: Madewell, $25 at madewell.com.
What’s a trip without a little shopping spree? As you find local spots to shop for souvenirs, browse shop windows, or browse farmers markets with your drawstring bag in hand, stay chic no matter where the day takes you. Your favorite Chelseas and a day dress are the perfect recipe. Layer a knit sweater over a ribbed dress for a textured contrast to give you all the European street simplicity you crave. Complete the look with a felt hat for a bit of I do not know what.
Boots: Vionic Brionie Chelsea Boot, $150 at vionicshoes.com; Hat: Free People, $58 at freepeople.com; Dress: The Drop, $50 at amazon.com; Sweater: H&M, $25 at hm.com; Bag: H&M, $9 at hm.com.
Dinner and drinks
Get your boots ready for a night out on the town with a bit of leather and lace. Pair them with skinny jeans and that leather (faux) jacket you’ve been waiting all summer to step out on again. Balance the edgy aesthetic with a lace-trimmed camisole for a flirty touch. And – win! – these Chelseas have a protective coating so that even if you get caught in the rain, your boots will be safe and sound (because all that wet dog look in the rain never was anyway).
Boots: Vionic Brionie Chelsea Boot, $150 at vionicshoes.com; Jacket: Zara, $70 at zara.com; Camisole: The Drop, $35 at amazon.com; Jeans: Old Navy, $30 at oldnavy.com; Bag: Wild Fable, $13 at target.com.