See? These Classic Ankle Boots Literally Go With Everything You Own

They're always the hardest-working item in our wardrobes come autumn, so it's little wonder all we can think about right now is boots. However, with a plethora new styles out there—think animal print, sock and the It pair favoured by French women, to name a few—there are almost too many options to choose from. So instead, we're cancelling out the noise (just for a second) to focus our energy on a time-honoured classic: Chelsea boots.

Chelsea boots have morphed into a perennial fallback. Dating back to the Victorian era when, much like today, they were worn by men and women alike, they traditionally featured flat soles, rounded toes and sat just above the ankles. In recent years, however, the style has evolved into various iterations, from pointed-toe iterations and tall lengths to chunky tractor treads and wooden heels.

They're so instilled in our lives, in fact, that you probably already own a pair. Which is why we're not bombarding you with countless styles to shop now; instead, we've made it our mission to discover how to wear Chelsea boots in 2018. Be it with jeans, dresses, skirts or culottes, we're taking cues from these ladies who've helped put Chelsea boots back on the map.

Be Playful With Printed Tights

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Opt for sheer black tights with a subtle print (think pin-point dots or oversized fishnet) to keep the look glossy.

Up the Boho Ante

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Flat Chelsea boots lend themselves so well to boho dresses thanks to their vintage feel. We can see Sienna Miller rocking something not so dissimilar to this in the coming months.

Take the Classic Approach

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Outfits don't come more classic than tan outwear, grey cashmere, faded jeans and black Chelsea boots.

Edge Up a Prim Ensemble

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Chelsea boots provide an unexpected sartorial twist to flirty florals, as evidenced here. We also love how they provide a contrast to a formal double-breasted blazer.

Make Use of Metallics

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A metallic option will help lift darker outfits, even in the depths of winter.

Dress Down Going-Out Frocks

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Ensure your clothing gets maximum wear by styling it in new ways. These casual Chelsea boots help make this after-dark dress work during daytime.

Balance Out Wide-Strides With a Heel

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Be it culottes or wide-leg trousers, wear Chelsea boots with classic wooden heels to keep your proportions in check.

Update Your Office Wardrobe

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Depending on your workplace, white Chelsea boots can be appropriate attire. After all, there's no denying the cool factor a flat pair with a thick elastic panel can give your trusty trousers-and-blazer combo.

Contrast Your Denim

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Don't be afraid of pairing a light-wash jean with stompy boots. The outcome is very London.

Soften Leather Outerwear With Suede

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If your coat and boots both feature a leather finish, it can sometimes look OTT. Instead, pair your cover-up with suede boots.

Try Fancy Versions With a Casual Outfit

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Leather and suede might be more commonplace, but we're very much here for luxe Chelsea boots, too. Take this jacquard pair, for example—they help elevate this tonal ensemble with their eye-catching shimmer.

Harness the Power of the Heel

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If you're petite, look for Chelsea boots with not only a heel but also a stacked sole, as they'll give you added height and will help keep your frame in proportion.

Try the Dress-Over-Jeans Combination

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Chelsea boots are undoubtedly timeless, which is likely why they're the perfect footwear accompaniment to more directional outfits. Sure, this pair may be silver, but a fussier style would have instantly detracted from the interesting layering this street styler is doing here.

Search Out Snake Print

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One of A/W 18's biggest trends is snake-print everything. Try a pair of Chelsea boots in this season's It print for a fresh spin.

Don't Pack Away Your White Jeans

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No longer reserved for summer, white jeans can look the autumnal part with the help of burgundy boots. 

Keep Things Monochromatic

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Can you imagine a cooler outfit than a grey checked blazer, a black printed skirt and monochromatic Chelsea boots? Nope.

Add a Shearling Biker

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Nail the off-duty model look with a biker jacket, slim-fit jeans and a sweatshirt.

Neutralise Statement Knitwear

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A timeless pair of tan boots will offset brighter hues, making for the perfect casual ensemble.

Finish With Faux Fur

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Blue faux fur and yellow snake print? It shouldn't work, but it does.

Now that your boots are taken care of, let's chat about coats.