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9 Ways To Rock Your Favorite Boots This Spring

These boots will elevate you to undeniably fly status.

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Technically, spring began on March 20, but many of us are still experiencing some winter-like temperatures. In real life, the weather gods are having some intermissions across the globe in between official seasons like Second Winter, Spring of Deception, Third Winter, and Mud Season. Either way, we want to be ready for whatever temperatures arise.

We tend to start purging our closets this time of year. Because of that, we wanted to come with a word, "Don't put those boots away yet!" It's natural to put them away because we assume it's going to get warmer immediately. Truth is: it's the weird season where you need to dress in layers. One way to do that is to rock your favorite boots in creative ways. Boots are one of the many fashion pillars that can transition from season to season. Ahead, find nine lewks that are undeniably fly.

1.Chi-Chi

Chi says that this baby blue hue is her go-to color for spring, so that means it's the law. This digital creator is known to slay all looks, all season so when she rocks a color or a trend, it means you should follow suit. Take this simple but chic look. She combined an oversized blazer, crop top, high waist denim, and lace-up booties for the perfect spring outfit. By pairing the same color bag as the shoes, she created a cohesive look.

2.Jasmine

Jasmine has provided us with the ideal brunch outfit made perfect for a rooftop. We love this H&M dress and we love the texture of her thigh-high boots even more. The natural tones of the getup are such a vibe. She looks comfortable and cute so she is ready for whatever Sunday Funday has to offer.

3.Raven

It's time to grab your favorite mini skirt and elevate it just like Raven. Can you believe this dope "Black Women Matter" sweatshirt is from Forever 21? More importantly, a Black woman designed it for their Black History Month collection. With it, Raven opted for an edge by coupling the moto jacket with the skirt and boots. This look is picture-perfect because the skirt is the consummate length in relation to the boots.

4.Janne

Look at Janne inspiring us to be our most confident selves in this bomb fit. I think she wants us to call her 'Purse n Boots' all spring because that's what Spring is all about. These chunky, leather boots can be styled in various ways. Janne went for a retro-printed dress but you can also style these with shorts or boot cut pants with a fun top.

5.Candice

(photo by @shotakawada)

If you haven't tried it yet, it's time to rock a dress with your favorite boots. And because Black women deserve luxury, throw on your fanciest handbag to match. Candice looks like a spring dream in this look even though rocking boots with a dress seems rebellious. It's a fashion risk that most people don't feel comfortable taking but we believe in you!

6.Jenee’

Leave it to Jenee to give us all the inspo! As a style influencer that embodies attainable luxury, Jenee' is all about pairing pieces from all different price points. She is also a boss at styling all types of boots. This combo might be our favorite. Between the structured belt and the textured skirt, this lewk is flawless. It's the way she hoisted the boots with so many classic staples, for me.

7.Courtney

One of our resident-style mavens, Courtney, is showing us how to tuck our pants into our boots. Note: It's a whole skill. Ideally, you want to find some high waist pants to tuck into contrasting boots. This creates an elongated silhouette and by adding an oversized blazer you'll be ultimately shapeshifting.

8.LaNatria

Little White Dresses are the move in this new season. LBDs will always be a mainstay but we challenge you to add some bright whites to your wardrobe for a much-needed change. Designers like Jonathan Simkhai, Loewe, and Valentino showcased white dresses last year so we have no fear that LWDs will be everything from now until summer. Then, there are the boots — the boots provide the sex appeal needed to match the whimsy of the dress. LaNatria's confidence is the accessory that pulls this whole uniform together.

10.Shahirah

Another xoStyle queen, Shahirah, has the color blocking on lock. When rocking color block boots, you want to K.I.S.S: Keep. It. Simple. Sis. Sha made her bold boots the foundation of a mod-ish getup by centering the outfit around the boots. In doing that, she was able to play around with colors that complement the color-blocking. If you're looking to push the envelope, try finding another daring print to wear with your two-toned boots to keep up with street style stars.

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Before she was Amira Unplugged, rapper, singer, and a Becoming a Popstar contestant on MTV, she was Amira Daughtery, a twenty-five year-old Georgian, with aspirations of becoming a lawyer. “I thought my career path was going to lead me to law because that’s the way I thought I would help people,” Amira tells xoNecole. “[But] I always came back to music.”

A music lover since childhood, Amira grew up in an artistic household where passion for music was emphasized. “My dad has always been my huge inspiration for music because he’s a musician himself and is so passionate about the history of music.” Amira’s also dealt with deafness in one ear since she was a toddler, a condition which she says only makes her more “intentional” about the music she makes, to ensure that what she hears inside her head can translate the way she wants it to for audiences.

“The loss of hearing means a person can’t experience music in the conventional way,” she says. “I’ve always responded to bigger, bolder anthemic songs because I can feel them [the vibrations] in my body, and I want to be sure my music does this for deaf/HOH people and everyone.”

A Black woman wearing a black hijab and black and gold dress stands in between two men who are both wearing black pants and colorful jackets and necklaces

Amira Unplugged and other contestants on Becoming a Popstar

Amira Unplugged / MTV

In order to lift people’s spirits at the beginning of the pandemic, Amira began posting videos on TikTok of herself singing and using sign language so her music could reach her deaf fans as well. She was surprised by how quickly she was able to amass a large audience. It was through her videos that she caught the attention of a talent scout for MTV’s new music competition show for rising TikTok singers, Becoming a Popstar. After a three-month process, Amira was one of those picked to be a contestant on the show.

Becoming a Popstar, as Amira describes, is different from other music competition shows we’ve all come to know over the years. “Well, first of all, it’s all original music. There’s not a single cover,” she says. “We have to write these songs in like a day or two and then meet with our producers, meet with our directors. Every week, we are producing a full project for people to vote on and decide if they’d listen to it on the radio.”

To make sure her deaf/HOH audiences can feel her songs, she makes sure to “add more bass, guitar, and violin in unique patterns.” She also incorporates “higher pitch sounds with like chimes, bells, and piccolo,” because, she says, they’re easier to feel. “But it’s less about the kind of instrument and more about how I arrange the pattern of the song. Everything I do is to create an atmosphere, a sensation, to make my music a multi-sensory experience.”

She says that working alongside the judges–pop stars Joe Jonas and Becky G, and choreographer Sean Bankhead – has helped expand her artistry. “Joe was really more about the vocal quality and the timber and Becky was really about the passion of [the song] and being convinced this was something you believed in,” she says. “And what was really great about [our choreographer] Sean is that obviously he’s a choreographer to the stars – Lil Nas X, Normani – but he didn’t only focus on choreo, he focused on stage presence, he focused on the overall message of the song. And I think all those critiques week to week helped us hone in on what we wanted to be saying with our next song.”

As her star rises, it’s been both her Muslim faith and her friends, whom she calls “The Glasses Gang” (“because none of us can see!”), that continue to ground her. “The Muslim and the Muslima community have really gone hard [supporting me] and all these people have come together and I truly appreciate them,” Amira says. “I have just been flooded with DMs and emails and texts from [young muslim kids] people who have just been so inspired,” she says. “People who have said they have never seen anything like this, that I embody a lot of the style that they wanted to see and that the message hit them, which is really the most important thing to me.”

A Black woman wears a long, salmon pink hijab, black outfit and pink boots, smiling down at the camera with her arm outstretched to it.

Amira Unplugged

Amira Unplugged / MTV

Throughout the show’s production, she was able to continue to uphold her faith practices with the help of the crew, such as making sure her food was halal, having time to pray, dressing modestly, and working with female choreographers. “If people can accept this, can learn, and can grow, and bring more people into the fold of this industry, then I’m making a real difference,” she says.

Though she didn’t win the competition, this is only the beginning for Amira. Whether it’s on Becoming a Popstar or her videos online, Amira has made it clear she has no plans on going anywhere but up. “I’m so excited that I’ve gotten this opportunity because this is really, truly what I think I’m meant to do.”

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