Contributing post by Gracie Ziegler
In the South especially, there are certain, undeniable fashion rules. From white shoes to seersucker, from letters to team colors - these rules are steadfast and true.
However, there is one rule that seems to have some gray area, and that is the Tall Boot Rule.
October 1 is the first day of Tall Boot season - no if's, and's, or but's...Unless it's really great fall weather consistently through the second week of September, then the first day of fall (which is September 21 this year) could kick it off. So mathematically speaking, it's just over a week between Fall day 1 and October 1. But for some of us, that's just too long to wait.
To help break down the rules around Tall Boots even further, it's helpful to understand the timing breakdown...
May through August... for the wellbeing of your own body (and your boots), tall boots are just not practical. "Swamp Foot" is real y'all! It's that thing where your feet and legs are so hot, and dare I say moist (ew - worst word) that the insides of your boots begin to resemble the atmosphere of a swamp.
TBL - Tall Boot Limbo
Pretty much most of September, and also March and April.
This is such a tough time, and the struggle is real.
With the launch of the PSL coming earlier and earlier and holiday decor being out in July at craft stores, it's easy to get caught up and want to bring out all of your sweaters and leggings and boots and wear them ALL. But take a minute and breathe in, breathe out. You've got this. You can make it a few more weeks in your fab summer attire that you were promised would be a "great transition piece."
Then comes Easter. All the pretty frilly dresses and white shoes show up on Easter Sunday and EVERYONE is oh so ready for spring, but of course there's always a cold snap - what's a tall boot wearer to do? Better judgement tells us to put the boots down and walk away slowly. There's only 180 days between April 1 and October 1. You can do it!
ALWAYS & FOREVER
These can be worn year-round whenever you want, no questions asked as they are technically not tall boots.
• Cowboy Boots
• Rainboots, or Wellies
• Ankle Booties
And just to be crystal clear, this is all for fun and games, and _____ straight rules are meant to be broken! I love all my shoes. I wish I could wear them all, all the time, but I can't. So instead I make up rules, tips and tricks to get me through these crazy times.
In the best interest of everyone, #YouDoYou and just watch the weather, be careful not to get your suede or velvet wet, and make your attire selection appropriately - you will be beautiful and fabulous no matter what.
See you and your boots on October 1, or maybe September 21...let's wait on the weather!
Gracie, her husband Mike and Presley, their 16-year-old “Lab-ish” are Fayetteville natives and plan to always call it home. Gracie enjoys a good bottle of wine, Razorback tailgating and entertaining. One of her favorite F words is “fabulous.” She has a passion for travel and experiencing new places … and she literally has a blog called www.caniweartallbootstoday.com. As the Marketing Manager for Convenience Foodservice at Tyson, she can tell you precisely where the best snacking destinations are on your next cross country road trip, as well as a whole lot about Millennial eating habits. She’s a graduate of the University of Arkansas Creative Writing department, and loves the combination of words and food and fashion whenever possible.Gracie is also a hardcore volunteer, activist and advocate throughout Northwest Arkansas.Being a self-proclaimed social media super-nerd, she stays connected on multiple social media platforms - so you probably know all those things about her already if you follow her.If you don’t already, you can follow her on Facebook as well as on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat – all at @graciefabulous.