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…
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.
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