Stylish Tricks for Wearing Over the Knee Boots
This has to be one of the most intimidating trends lately, though it's even bigger this fall and will likely be a wardrobe staple this time next year. Much like classic riding boots, there are a few simple ways to wear over the knee boots. Once you get the basic formulas down, with a few simple tips, you can easily style these tall boots in any number of ways. Image via Nill'in.
Go monochrome. This is the same advice I give for knee-high boots. Especially if you're short like me, you can get a more seamless look by pairing black over the knee boots, for example, with black jeans or with black tights and a black skirt. You can also go monochrome on top, by pairing an all-white outfit with grey or taupe over the knee boots. Image via Pink Wish.
Consider fit. A chunky sweater and jeans look great with a structured over-the-knee boot that gets a little wider at the top (like this Aldo Women's Ulocia Motorcycle Boot ), but a sexy body-con dress or mini skirt calls for slim, fitted boots with a slimmer heel. Balance out a wide, chunky-heel over the knee boot with fall layers, like a vest or blazer. Image via Free People / Jeffrey Campbell Parkway Thigh High Boot.
Go for soft suede. Especially if you're thinking about getting over-the-knee boots in a bold color, like burgundy, you can create a much more soft and effortless look with a pair in brushed suede rather than a shiny leather finish.
Think about balance. I've said this so many times, that styling is all about balance - balancing color with neutral, patterns with solids, and sexy with classy, etc. Over-the-knee boots definitely call for balance, as they immediately create a bold and sexy vibe. Balance them out with toned-down accessories and a more modest outfit. Modest can mean a few things in this context. For example, a jacket isn't something that is sexy because it's revealing; it's sexy because of the look and texture. A leather moto jacket, for instance, is much more sexy that a knit cardigan or poncho. And even a modest heel can add sex appeal to an outfit, so if you plan to pair your over the knee boots with shorts or a mini skirt, go for a modest top to tone the look down. Image via Mikuta.
Pick the right hemlines. If you pair super tall boots with pants, with the exception of an all-black look, be aware of where the bottom of your shirt hits. You can go for a cropped jacket that stops at the waist or long layers that fall below the boots, like the long jacket pictured above.
Keep it simple. It's easy to feel overwhelmed at the idea of styling over the knee boots after looking at intricately layered outfits on the web, but all you really need is a pair of skinny jeans and a sweater or a cute printed fall dress to go with your boots (the same advice goes for knee-high boots as well). Image via ASOS KILO Suede Flat Over The Knee Boots.
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