The Melin ankle boot, or “bootie” is stunningly beautiful and made in Italy. It’s like a dressy jodhpur boot! Its masculine and feminine vibe is appealing, and the less than two inch heel even more appealing. It’s comfortable, although an extra cushioning insole can never hurt. I love the snug ankle fit, elastic insets, cracked patent finish, brogue detailing, and pull-on tab. It runs true to size and will probably not fit a wider foot. Available in burgundy and black. I hope to purchase these in black because the heel height, comfort level, dressy integrity and streamlined ankle fit is hard to come by in booties these days.

This perforated black belt by Style & Co is divine because the cut-outs look like you’re wearing a patterned belt. It works well threaded through the belt loops of trousers, shorts and jeans, and as a waist cinching belt on a dress. It’s that much more interesting than a plain black belt. Runs true to size and is lightweight. Its dressy integrity works well for career wear.

One way of adding interest to a neutral ensemble is by incorporating items that are texture-rich, like these booties and belt.

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