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Thursday, 8 November 2012

How to Wear Over-the-Knee Boots

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Over-the-knee boots have a bad rep. I blame Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman for their association with prostitution. I mean, that DVD cover is iconic. Quite frankly, I think those boots were the 'big mistake. Huge' in that film.

For many, over-the-knee boots are thigh-high, in shiny patent plastic with a spike heel, teamed with questionable attire. They're a bit tacky and not very classy, bought on market stalls where they hang clipped together at the top, swinging in a November breeze.

It's a sartorial stereotype that needs stamping out, because over-the-knee boots are actually rather lovely, and totally practical for winter. See here...

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Dress, Primark | Jumper, Uniqlo | Leather jacket, Michael Kors via TK Maxx | Tights, Primark | 'Tanty' boots c/o Bertie | Necklace, ASOS | Bag, Mulberry

The lovely folks at Bertie sent me these over-the-knee boots earlier this week and they've barely been off my feet since. They. Are. Gorgeous. Black leather (no hi-shine materials here), flat and slightly slouchy, they're perfect for pounding the pavements in all weathers. Plus, the longer length means there's more leather to cover your legs, keeping them nice and warm when the wind's blowing.

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I think the key to successfully styling over-the-knee boots is to keep things casual. With a bodycon dress and no tights, even this casual version will look OTT, so stick to daytime attire. Here are a few ideas:

  • Dress them down - wear with cute tea dresses or classic denims and a snuggly jumper for serious style points
  • Don't flash the flesh - wear with tights, leggings or trousers for a laidback look
  • Find your fit - any boots that cover the calves can be tricky to fit, but you really don't want to cut off the circulation to your thighs. The ones I'm wearing have a handy adjustable buckle at the back to give you more or less room up top
  • Go for higher hems - make sure the hem of your dress or skirt sits mid-thigh rather than on the knee, and wear with thick tights
What do you think of over-the-knee boots? Would you wear them?

27 comments:

  1. Oh my these are beautiful! I would definitely wear them and agree dressing them down looks great. You've made a wonderful outfit, contrasting the feminine dress with the leather jacket & boots :). Might I ask which lipstick that is you're wearing?

    I have an old faithful pair of grey leather boots from NEXT that I live in so will have to perhaps put these on my Christmas list :)

    x Kira
    http://soeast.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you, Kira! It's Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Crush :)

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  2. These are gorgeous, I have some over knee boots from ASOS that *just* reach my knees, haha,
    Love how you styled them x

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  3. It's so true. I always avoid the 'over knee' category and it's all because of Julia Roberts *shakesfistatsky*
    They look lovely on you. Really like your Primark dress too :-)

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  4. These boots are lovely! Nothing like the image of what the words 'over the knee boots' conjures up in my mind. Still dont think I'd be able to pull them off though :D x

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  5. I have some similar to these and love them. I think they key is to get plain colours, flatish and leather and they can look lovely.

    http://talesofapaleface.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. Is that dress in primark at the minute? Its gorgeous!

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    1. Hi Emily, yes it is! Got it a few weeks ago so they should still have it in. There's a navy blue one too.

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    2. Amazing, thank you!

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  7. They look lovely on you but I always feel that even knee high boots make my legs look stumpy so I don't think I'll ever be brave enough for over the knee!

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  8. I love over the knee boots! Mine are gray suede and I love them. I think wearing them casual is the best way, but they can be dressed up with the right outfit and accessories!

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    1. They can definitely be dressed up, Tiffany! Just not with hot pants and a crop top, right? ;)

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  9. Love the way you've styled these boots. I used to own a pair of flat, black suede over the knee boots and loved them, even shed a lil tear when the wet weather/snow of last winter ruined them.

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  10. I do quite like them, but I tend to find that flat ones work best for dressing down. I do also have heeled over-knee boots which work fine with dresses which are a little above knee length to avoid the tacky 'too much flesh' mistake.
    (I won't talk about the patent ones!)

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  11. I LOVE this outfit and I cannot believe that dress is Primark! I have been looking for some flat OTK boots for a while now and these look ideal, I will have to check them out!

    Maria xxx

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  12. I have this dress in blue and have decided I need to own the burgundy one too!xxx

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  13. I would love some, but as my style tends towards the leopard print/tight jeans look anyway, I fear I might look like a Motley Crue groupie from 1984. But if I came across some at the right price...

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    Thanks,
    Sarah

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  15. cute skirt
    http://georginagoodman.blogspot.co.uk
    xxx

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  16. Jen, we are those specs from? I kinda need some new ones andthey are what I'm looking for! PS. I'm loving your make up glasses for girls with classes! jane

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  17. More great tips! They are lovely boots, you really can't beat over the knee boots for keeping warm and cosy. I'd probably wear them with skinny jeans and a chunky oversized jumper.

    Lucy Loves To Blog

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  18. Great winter outfit. You look amazing.

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  19. Jen, those boots look great on you , esp with the leather jacket. A hot look.

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  20. Nicely held up article on how to wear knee high boots. Sometimes it can be tricky to wear it....

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  21. Pretty woman certainly gives a negative impact for over the knee boots but if we see the opposite side of this, it also gave the platform to boots that everyone would know about this category of boots.....

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  22. i so much love over the knee boots, are so versatili and always on fashion...i love your photos, great advices...

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