Over-the-knee boots can seem difficult to wear at the best of times. They might look incredible on your favorite celebrity or on a catwalk model. But when it’s time for you to put your own on, they don’t seem so effortlessly stylish. At best, they might make you look short, and at worst, they can give off the wrong impression about what you do for a living. Wearing shorter boots can prove to be much easier, but you don’t want to give up on the over-the-knees just yet. If you need a few styling tips, you only need to pick one or two simple things to make sure your boots and the rest of your outfit look amazing. Use the advice in this guide to learn exactly how to wear over the knee boots.
Get the Right Boots
The first key to styling over-the-knee boots is to buy the right pair of boots. You might browse through your options and think that they all look amazing. But are they all the right boots for you? Everyone has a different figure and a different style, and you don’t want to buy boots that don’t suit you. Your height is one thing you want to take into account. If you’re not overly tall, you probably don’t want your boots to extend too far past your knees. The same might be true if you’re on the curvier side. When it comes to color, think about how to pair them with your existing wardrobe. What color boots are more likely to match – black, brown, or something else?
What about heels? It’s a major part of the style of your boots, so should you go with flat, tall and towering, or somewhere in between? If you’re looking at heeled boots, your worry might be that they look a little racey for the look you want to go for. High heels aren’t necessarily going to be office appropriate. But that doesn’t mean they can’t look classy if you choose the right pair and wear them correctly. Don’t worry too much about heel height, as long as you’re comfortable. You might want to think about the style of the heel, though. Stilettos might be a touch too sexy to wear to work.
Pair Them with Jeans
If you’re wondering what to wear with your over-the-knee boots, a good pair of jeans is good to start with. They can be one of the easiest items of clothing to pair with them, no matter how tall, short, slim or round you are. If you want to lengthen your legs, you should choose jeans that are a similar color to your boots. For example, select black boots and black jeans for a slimming look. They don’t have to match up completely, but similar shades will accentuate your leg line. It works well for people with long legs or for curvy girls who want to lengthen their bottom half.
Get Your Leggings Out
Another excellent option for wearing with your over-the-knee boots is leggings. They give you a close fit, without having to squeeze into a pair of skinny jeans, which aren’t for everyone. If you’re brave enough to get some jeggings on, they can work well too. However, think carefully about whether you should wear leggings on their own. Pairing them with a skirt, dress, long sweater or even a pair of tailored shorts will ensure they look great. It will also help to divide your body up in the right places. You’ll have lines at the top of your boots and bottom of your top, dress, skirt or shorts, instead of at the top of your boots and your waist. If you’re not up for emphasizing your thighs, it’s the right way to go.
Wear a Longline Sweater or Sweater Dress
You don’t have to wear a dress or skirt with your over-the-knee boots. A long sweater can look amazing and create the lines you’re looking for. If you want to go for a more casual look, it’s a good choice if you want to look and feel comfortable. A sweater dress can work well too, giving you the same effect. If you’re taller, pick a sweater or dress that reaches the tops of your thighs and pair it with some slightly longer boots. However, you need to be careful not to hide your figure under a very loose sweater if you’re shorter.
Getting your colors right is an important part of styling your over-the-knee boots. Choosing the right colors to wear on the rest of your legs and for your whole outfit is important. For example, a dark pair of jeans, leggings or tights under your boots can help to lengthen your legs and emphasize their shape too. It helps to avoid your legs getting swallowed up by the boots. If you have black boots, go for an all black outfit to create a chic look that can work for almost anything. If you have longer legs, you might go for a lighter color or even bare legs if it’s warm enough. Adding some lighter or even bright shades to your outfit can make sure it pops instead of everything blending in with each other.
Pair with a Pencil Skirt
A figure-hugging pencil skirt is an excellent option if you want to show off your curves. It can also be a good choice for the office if you’re hoping to wear your over-the-knee boots to work. Choose a skirt with a hem that hit just below the knee for a sophisticated and smart look.
Lengthen with a Long Dress
You don’t have to stick with short skirts and dresses if you want to show off your over-the-knee boots. A longer dress can work well too, even if it goes over the top of your boots. Choose a bright dress to wear with your dark boots for a cheerful look that could work well when you’re working or shopping with the girls. It might be best to avoid a longer dress if you’re shorter, though, as it could shorten your legs.
Miniskirts for Petite Figures
If you’re more petite, a miniskirt might be a better option. You could even get away with it at work if you pair it with over-the-knee boots. Leaving some space between your hemline and your boots will suit your frame better than a longer dress or skirt that will swallow you. Choose a contrasting color so that your skirt stands out instead of blending in.
Create a Masculine Contrast
As we all know, over-the-knee boots can be particularly saucy. If you style them in the wrong way, they’re much too flashy for a casual outfit. The key thing to do is to tone them down, which you can do by choosing contrasting pieces. If the rest of your outfit creates a contrast with your boots, the boots won’t stand out so much. One of the ways to create a contrast is to select more masculine items of clothing to wear with your boots. For example, pick an oversized blazer to build a smart-casual outfit. You’ll avoid overpowering everyone with your femininity and looking like you might be more at home in a club.
Many over-the-knee boot options are in more neutral colors, including black, brown, and possibly cream or gray. But they don’t have to be if there’s a more colorful fashion diva inside you trying to get out. You can find plenty of brighter pairs of boots that can look incredible too. In fact, depending on the style you choose, they can look more sophisticated than a black pair. Make a statement with a colorful pair of boots and match the rest of your outfit to them if you’re the sort of woman to go for something different.
Get Your Legs Out (A Bit)
Not everyone likes to show off their legs, especially when it comes to thighs. But if you’re in love with yours, flashing a bit of skin is a great way to style a pair of over-the-knee boots. Don’t get too revealing, though, or your look won’t be quite as sophisticated as you were hoping for. Just a small amount of thigh makes your outfit a little risque, without being trashy. It’s best to pick a warmer day, though, and perhaps avoid this look for the office.
Match Your Accessories
Matching your shoes to your bag and belt might seem so last century, but it can still work well if you get it right. If you feel like you need something to bring your boots into your outfit, choosing matching accessories can help to tie everything together. Pair black over-the-knees with a black bag and black belt to create a coherent outfit. This may work best with neutral colors, but you can try it with some brighter shades too. A bit of color matching is always worth experimenting with, even if it doesn’t work out in the end.
Select Some Feature Boots
Back to your choice of boots: if you’re looking for something a little different, choose a pair with an interesting feature that stands out. Maybe you’ve spotted some two-tone boots, with contrasting toes and heels. Or perhaps there are some with laces up the front that would create a great bohemian look. Don’t feel that you have to stick to plain black or brown leather or suede. Be adventurous in your choice of boots to find a pair that suits your style and your personality. There’s a pair of boots out there for everyone, whether you want to make a statement or keep things simple.
Play with Textures
Your over-the-knee boots are likely to be leather or suede, or at least a faux version of them. While they’re great materials, and perfect for boots, choosing these longer boots means a lot of leather is automatically added to your outfit. When you’re thinking about what else to wear, consider just how much more leather your outfit can handle. It might be best to avoid it elsewhere unless it’s an accessory like a bag or a belt. If you are going to wear something else made of leather, such as a jacket, you might want to pick a different color. Try to use different textures instead to avoid a leather overload.
Wrap Up for Winter
Over-the-knee boots are ideal for wearing during the winter when you’re looking for a bit of extra warmth. In fact, they’re perfect for matching with your coat to keep you from catching a chill. Wear a longer coat that comes to mid-thigh, or at least covers the tops of your thighs. Pick something that contrasts with your boots too, whether it’s a lighter neutral color or perhaps something brighter and more eye-catching. Don’t feel that you always have to play it safe with a neutral winter coat.
Keep It Simple
If you’re nervous about wearing over-the-knee boots, the best thing to do is not to overcomplicate things. Don’t think too hard about putting together an outfit with lots of layers and accessories. For example, just select a simple tea dress to go with your boots and leave it at that. Think about when and where you’re going to wear your boots so you can pick the appropriate outfit and style. If you dress them up too much, you could easily get it completely wrong.
Experiment with Your Wardrobe
When you get your first pair of over-the-knee boots, you might not know where to start. Before you step out in them for the first time, why not try them out with a few options? You won’t know if something works until you try it. You can follow all kinds of fashion rules, but ultimately the important thing is whether you think your outfit looks good. If you don’t know where to begin, try on a few different things and experiment with your wardrobe. Try skirts and dresses, leggings, tights, and jeans. See if they work with your dungarees or pinafore dress. You won’t know until you try.
Over-the-knee boots can be hard to style, but they don’t need to be. A little bit of planning and the right pair of boots can help you create the perfect outfit.
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