If you only buy one thing this summer then make it the perfect pair of Chelsea boots. Chelsea boots are seasonless, and they look just as good with light wash denim in the summer months as they do with your favourite black skinny jeans during fall and winter.
Chelsea boots are the footwear favoured by young and fashion-forward celebrities. The beauty of the Chelsea boot is that you make a statement just by putting them on, so you can put as much or as little effort into the rest of your outfit as you want.
The Chelsea boot was popularized in the swinging sixties, and it has maintained a youthful, effortlessly cool and fashion-forward feel ever since. These are stylish boots for men that care about what they wear.
There is no better time to start searching for your perfect winter boots than the late summer: as Fall/Winter style begin landing in store, if you don’t choose your boots now then you’ll miss the pick of the crop. Buy them now or regret it later.
Here are some of the reasons we think Chelsea boots are the perfect boots to buy right now, and some top tips for styling them:
Perfect For Everyday
Chelsea boots are perfect for wearing everyday: wear them often enough and they’ll mold to fit your foot until they feel lighter than air!
Many people don’t consider wearing boots during the summer months. But, as Lenny Kravitz perfectly demonstrates, there is no better boot for relaxed sunny days than the tan Chelsea boot. Sand and tan Chelsea boots such as these look best with a light wash denim: choose ripped denim for added cool. (and no one does ‘cool’ better than Lenny Kravitz!)
During the summer you won’t need to add anything more than a washed-out tee to turn this look into an outfit. We love our Royal Fashionist sand Chelsea boots (which are available to purchase here) for wearing as summer leads into fall and perfectly recreating the celebrity look favoured by both Lenny Kravitz and Scott Disick at this time of the year:
During the cooler months, you can add a denim shirt, an overcoat, or a classic woolen trench coat into the mix. Chelsea boots look great teamed with other timeless classic wardrobe staples that you can invest in now and wear forever. These are the items that will never go out of fashion and that can be dressed up or down.
No matter what you’re doing or where you’re going when you have classic pieces in your wardrobe (such as a trench coat, navy chinos, or a pair of Chelsea boots) you’ll always have the right thing to wear.
Go Back to Black
When it comes to picking the perfect Chelsea boot for the darkest winter days, it has to be black! Black boots have a rock star edge and look fantastic teamed with skinny jeans in either black or shades of blue.
Black Chelsea boots are a timeless classic that will go with everything: you can wear them to work or at play, and team them with skinny jeans, chinos, or your favourite suit trousers. Invest in a good quality pair now and wear them all year long. The Chelsea boot is a perennial favourite: the only boot that you can wearing during the summer, but snug and protective enough to wear all winter too.
We love our Royal Fashionist suede Chelsea boots in black, which you can buy here. With their cushioned rubber crepe sole, these boots are incredibly comfortable, and their sleek modern design means that they’ll never go out of fashion. Definitely an investment piece worth considering.
Smarten up your black Chelsea boots by pairing them with darkest black chinos, a fine knit sweater and a crisp button up shirt. Black Chelsea boots look great with crisp tailoring. Alternatively, if you prefer a rock ‘n’ roll style then wear with a leather jacket, rugged finished jeans, and a simple tee with a relaxed neckline.
Maintain your Boots
Like all leather footwear, it is important that you take the time to regularly maintain and nourish your Chelsea boots in order to keep them in the best condition. Regular nourishing and conditioning will ensure that your boots age well, and will ensure that you can wear them season after season.
Invest in a high-quality leather balm or leather conditioner, and incorporate applying it once a week into your regular routine. Here are some of our favourite nourishing leather cleaners to help you take care of your boots;
If you choose suede Chelsea boots, such as our RoyalFashionist suede Chelsea boots in black or tan, then we would also strongly recommend that you invest in a suede brush and a good quality suede protectant.
Not only will this help you to ensure that your boots look your best, it will also offer the weather protection you need to wear your boots all winter long without damaging their appearance. Here are some of our favourite care products specifically for suede maintenance:
Don’t Be Afraid to Accessorise
Just because the Chelsea boot is a simple and timeless shoe doesn’t mean that you have to style it simply! Don’t be afraid to accessorize to elevate your style and really turn heads!
During the winter months, you’ll be amazed at how much your style can be updated simply by adding a hat or scarf. Wide brimmed wool hats lend a particularly fashion-forward edge to any outfit with minimal effort.
Hats look so good with Chelsea boots because both pieces have credible rock star credentials. Pairing the two pieces together will immediately lend you an ‘I’m with the band’ aesthetic and ensure that all eyes are on you for all the right reasons.
This same rule applies to other accessories, such as skinny woolen scarves, chunky leather cuffs and bracelets, and even male rings, which are the statement piece dominating the male jewelry market right now. The more you accessories your Chelsea boots, the more of a statement they will make.
Be wary of over-accessorising though: sometimes less is more, and your outfit will make more of an impact with one or two carefully curated pieces than with a sea of stuff thrown at it without any real thought. You should also ensure that all of your accessories are either the same colour or from the same tonal family, to avoid your look being too busy and disjointed.
When putting together a winning outfit, it’s important that every piece you wear is well-considered.
We can’t get enough of the Chelsea boot! The beauty of this classic footwear design is that it’s so minimalist that you can wear it for any occasion, whilst still having an iconic design that will immediately show off your fashion credentials.
If you only buy one new piece of footwear this year then make it the Chelsea boot. And don’t delay: choose your favourite design now, as the latest fall/winter designs are released, to ensure you get the boots you’re looking for before they sell out.