YES YOU CAN: Rock chunky boots

Fashion director Shelly Vella shows you how.

I’ll be honest, I’ve been nervous about stepping into the chunkier boot styles that are so on trend. In my youth I lived in them but in my 50s I’ve worried they’d look silly. Not so! What’s swung me? Recently I’ve seen many older women looking comfortable and cool in platform styles and I’m now seriously tempted. They look as chic with a pretty dress as they do with cropped trousers. Go on… I will if you will.

How to wear chunky boots:

Give off-duty more stomp

A knee-high chunky number looks great with casual trousers or a leather skirt.

Layered casualwear balances chunky-sole boots. Roll up your trousers or wear a cropped style to nail the trend. Image: Valiana Variantza/

Coat, £159, Hush

T-shirt, £39.95, Gap

Trousers, £28, Next

Shacket, £99.95, Gap

Bag, £180, Boden

Boots, £365, Russell and Bromley

Power up your workwear

White, cream and pale tan are good options if you’re nervous about a heavier style of boot.

Don’t underestimate the comfort of heavier boots for work. They look chic with smart trousers or a fluid skirt. Image: The Style Stalker/

Coat, £110, RI Studio, River Island

Jumper, £235, Feather and Stitch

Trousers, £69.99, Mango

Sunglasses, £19.99, H&M

Bag, £229, LK Bennett

Boots, £85, Kin, John Lewis

Add attitude for evening

A shoulder-padded blazer adds a slick edge to a pretty dress and boots.

Dresses feel fresh and modern paired with the season’s boot. Just ensure the tones work well together. Image: The Style Stalker/

Blazer, £75, RI Studio, River Island

Dress, £109, Shrimps x Label Mix, Next

Bag, £345, Cnicol

Boots, £215, MMK, Michael Kors

Earrings, £285, Alex Monroe