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How to Style Bean Boots


How to style bean boots

I was walking to class one snowy morning when I heard something rustling in the trees. Footsteps?


What could it be? A pine cone falling? A lost freshman? A stray kitten?

The rustling escalated into a roar. A stampede was behind me!

Bean boots and socks

I turned around to find a swarm of students, all wearing Bean Boots.

Everyone has become full of beans this winter.

About Bean Boots

Bean Boots are insulated, waterproof hiking and snow boots. I call them Bean Boots because many pairs come from the brand L.L. Bean, but many other brands are making their own versions now. These boots come variety of colors and prints, and perhaps the most colorful, lima bean variety are the Sperry ones for J. Crew.

Just so you know, the sizes do run large. I am normally a size 6 and the boots are very large on me. But, with camping socks or layering thick socks like the ones pictured above, they fit snugly and warmly.

Note: there are no beans anywhere on the Bean Boot. They do not come with beans in them. Beano is not required.

1. Girly Pastels vs. the Rugged Outdoors

Girly pastels worn with bean boots

A trend many of us here at College Fashion enjoy is mixing feminine pieces with tougher-looking things. Bean boots are androgynous, and you could definitely play that up with basic jeans and a plaid flannel. However, it’s more of a challenge to mix in girly items, like this peachy sweater layered over this gold peter pan collar shirt.

My dark green pants are perfect for those days when I want to add a dash of Robin Hood to my outfit. I obviously do not mean the Disney Robin Hood, because he doesn’t wear pants.

This outfit is ideal for snowball fights followed by a warm coffee shop visit. Or, in my case, those days when you stay inside and watch Robin Hood on Netflix.

2. Flowers in the Snow

Floral print blouse scarf bean boots

To play up the rugged, outdoorsy feel of the boots, I matched them with neutral pants and this floral button-down shirt from Target. This mossy green infinity scarf adds an absolutely essential touch of color to this neutral outfit.

I got this cross-body purse from a vintage store right next to the thrift shop where I got my boots, and it has that same outdoorsy vibe. It vaguely reminds me the satchels Taylor Swift carries with a spot of tea spilled from Kate Middleton’s cup.

This look is great for practicing falconry. (Kidding!) This is an awesome outfit for transitioning from winter to spring.

3. Crazy Beans

Orange patterned sweater and bean boots

Hey look! A fashion blogger sitting down. You don’t see that every day.

Nothing makes me happier than a quirky patterned sweater and an adorable owl mug. This is the quintessential Bean Boot look… minus the owl, of course. This is a very cute and comfy ensemble that can easily be dressed up or down with jewelry. I just kept it basic with this monogrammed necklace, which I got before the Greeks stamped everything with their initials.

Let me know what you think!

Which of these outfits is your favorite? How do you wear your Bean Boots? What should I style next?

Thank you so much Mary and Jessica for requesting this article! Please let me know what you want to see next below.

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21 Responses to “How to Style Bean Boots”

  1. 1
    February 9th, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    I am so glad that PRACTICAL boots are in fashion!!
    Can you do a post on boots/warm shoes that you can wear with dress pants and pencil skirts – for those who have to dress business casual and formal during the winter.

    I am presenting at conferences in Montreal and Ottawa at the end of February and will have to dress nicely while also trekking through the snow and cold on public transit in order to get from my hotel to the venues. I’m sure lots of other fashion lovers have had to deal with these problems as well.

  2. 2
    February 9th, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Love these!

    That second outfit is super adorable!

    Look forward to your articles every time I log on! Keep it up

  3. 3
    February 9th, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    That second outfit is so cute. Love that sweater!

    And Disney’s Robin Hood is the best Robin Hood, pantslessness and all.

  4. 4
    February 9th, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    H. Queen–yikes! I will think about it. Unfortunately, I live in the “Deep South” that freaked out when we got two inches of snow a couple of weeks ago. SNL did a whole skit about the people who got stuck in Atlanta. In other words, I don’t have all that much experience with snow :/ But I definitely can imagine that is an issue with a lot of people!

    Thanks Gerry and Rachel! I love Disney’s Robin Hood too.

  5. 5
    February 9th, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    This type of boots are actually called duck boots and I love them. I think my favorite outfit is 3. I have a pair that is red. I pair them with Grey sweater tights and a sweater dress.

  6. 6
    February 9th, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    I have a pair of snow boots like these from some store. I’ve had them for years and wear them out all the time in snowy weather. I want a pair of these now though. They look better than mine. I’m so glad to see someone shoeing its ok to wear practical boots in the cold instead of what is actually on trend (booties, flats, heels etc). No sense breaking a ankle due to wanting to not look like the rest of campus.

  7. 7
    February 9th, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    To H. Queen’s:

    The way to go in that situation is to bring a pair of “indoor shoes” with you in a bag. There’s no sense freezing or risking slipping and falling in an unfamiliar city. There are some brands that make dressier waterprof winter boots like La Canadienne, but they’re expensive.

  8. 8
    February 10th, 2014 at 12:17 am

    Leah, i think you’re my favourite CF writer! your articles are always so cute and fun to read. and thanks to this one in particular, i’m off to make tea and watch Robin Hood tonight :)

    and if H. Queen happens to be around this comment section again, might i recommend checking out Blondo boots? fashionable, practical, AND super comfy and easy to walk in! my workplace sells a ton of them, especially this winter as the polar vortex has been pretty cruel to us Manitoba folks.

  9. 9
    February 10th, 2014 at 2:26 am

    Just my opinion!

  10. 10
    February 10th, 2014 at 10:56 am

    These outfits are cute for a certain type of person but in my opinion actual fashion should be creative, and aspirational.

  11. 11
    February 10th, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    @Chelsea – Nope, they’re called Bean Boots as LL Bean is credited with the original style. Duck boots are reserved for the imitations. Also, as a Mainer, I feel I should mention that Bean Boots are made in Maine and come with a lifetime guarantee. If you’re unsure about a style, the 6 inch is your best bet unless you live in a snowier climate, in which case you’d want the 8 or 10 inch version.

  12. 12
    February 10th, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    @A White: Since this was a response to a request on how to style Bean Boots, & the website is geared towards college students, I think the post fit the bill perfectly. There’s only so much aspirational stuff you can do on the average college budget, but hey – everyone’s entitled to his or her own opinion.

    Personally, I think all of these are really cute – yay Leah for another great & funny psot! My favorite Robin Hood is an oldie but a goodie: the 1930s one with Errol Flynn & Olivia de Havilland, though I do like the Disney version as well! ^_^

  13. 13
    February 10th, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    I don’t own a pair of “bean boots”. Probably never will. But holy crap, your writing is fantastic. I love the fact that your posts feature pictures of an actual human being in outfits that the average college student can re-create or be inspired by. And you’re hilarious.

    Now I want to see a post inspired by non-mainstream sports like falconry…

  14. 14
    February 10th, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    I love that these boots are coming back in style – I love them with chunky oversized sweaters and skinny jeans, just like your #1 pic!

  15. 15
    February 10th, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Yay! I was looking forward to this article, thanks Leah! I agree, you’re one of my favorite writers on here. I always love what you come up with! :)


  16. 16
    February 10th, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    You guys blew me away with such awesome feedback! Thanks for the kind comments.

    I love the advice for H. Queen, those Blondo boots are cute. Switching from outdoor shoes to more formal shoes is a fantastic idea. Snaps for Stephanie and Prairielily.

    Side note, I definitely want to watch more Disney movies, the 1930’s Robin Hood movie, and research non-mainstream sports like falconry instead of doing my homework.

  17. 17
    February 10th, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Umm can I say you are adorable! Love your writing. I love LL Bean Boots, they are great for snow less than 1 foot. Unfortunately, where I am the norm is 1 to 2 feet so they don’t cut it but they sure are comfy!

  18. 18
    February 10th, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Aw thank you Becky. Wow, that weather calls for coffee and hot chocolate everyday. How do you stay warm?! I freeze when my apartment gets under 70 degrees.

  19. 19
    February 11th, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    I can’t believe that so many students living in Georgia would be wearing Bean boots. If you live in New England, that’s one thing, but when people in your state are freaking out over 2 inches of snow, I feel like it’s probably not the most useful item to have in your closet lol

  20. 20
    February 13th, 2014 at 11:03 am

    I explained in my January Favorites that I wasn’t sure if they worth the money. However, I am so happy I got them! As an extremely cold natured person, I can say that these keep my feet warmer than any of my other boots because they’re so insulated. Plus they’re good for rainy weather, which we get all the time.

    I am grateful to have mine during this “snowpocalypse.” They have definitely been useful for me this winter!

  21. 21
    February 14th, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Great ideas of ways to dress up a pair of muck boots. All of the styles look warm, stylish, and very comfortable. Now no one should be hesitant to own a pair of those boots.

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