Happy 2017, y’all!
I hope everyone has had a safe and joyful holiday season! Now that we’re all starting to get back to reality and our normal routines, it’s a great time to think about refreshing your wardrobe and trying out new looks. This can be a great time to incorporate a new trend or key item into your arsenal. Annie and I have both been loving over-the-knee boots this season, and the love affair continues into the new year. We have received so many questions on how to wear OTK boots, and how to make them work for your age and particular body type. Keep reading to find our tips and tricks on how to style OTK boots, as well as some of our favorite pairs on the market right now!
– To keep this look age-appropriate, opt for a lower heel height (for women in their 40’s & up). You can still pair them with dresses and skirts, but be mindful of the hemline. It’s more age-appropriate if the hemline of the dress or skirt overlaps with the boot.
– If your goal is to elongate your legs (for example, if you’re petite or curvy) , try pairing the boots with a pair of tights in a similar hue or jeans/leggings in a matching tone. This prevents your legs from being truncated and creates one long line. For example, black jeans with black OTK boots would be chic and flattering, and would immediately create the illusion of longer legs.
-If you are wanting to add a touch of sexiness and show a bit of leg, just watch that hemline! A little skin goes a long way with this look. Annie’s key point here – we don’t want any “Pretty Woman” vibes when wearing OTK boots! Especially if your heel is higher, be mindful of the length of your dress/skirt.
– Make sure the distance between your hemline and the top of the boots is never greater than 4-5 inches.
– For younger women wanting to give this trend a try, make sure the rest of your ensemble is somewhat conservative/covered – cape, poncho, long-sleeved dress.
-If your boot has a higher heel, the key is to balance out the inherent sexiness of the heel. Keep the top half of your outfit more on the conservative side. Especially if you are going to show a little leg, it’s best to wear something like a sweater dress or long-sleeved shift dress.
-OTK boots can work for your office attire as well! Stay office-appropriate by keeping your upper thighs covered. Try pairing them with a pencil skirt that overlaps with the tops of the boot.
-Go boho! A lot of OTK boots might have the impression of being just sleek and modern, but they can also be styled for a more boho vibe! Try pairing them with a flowy printed dress, opaque tights and a faux fur vest, or with a tunic and leggings.
-We love these boots in all different neutrals- black, brown, grey, taupe, etc. Play off the color of the boots and try out a monochromatic look. There is something so chic and timeless about an outfit that’s one hue.
– FIT: the boot should fit neither too snugly or too loosely.
Find Your Perfect Pair:
-Daisy Street Lace Back, $68, asos.com
-XOXO ‘Trish’, $49.99, macys.com
-Hinge ‘Canton’, $99.90, Nordstrom.com
-Marc Fisher ‘Epic’, $129.95, dsw.com
-Sam Edelman ‘Circus’, $120, macys.com
-Stuart Weitzman ‘Highland’, $798, zappos.com
-Dolce Vita ‘Kitt’, $132, shopgwenberlin.com
-Halogen ‘Noble’, $94.96, Nordstrom.com