Trend alert: over the knee boot

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Can you wear over-the-knee boots and still look like a lady? That’s the burning question on many a fashion editor’s lips these days. Of course you can darlings! It seems that Julia Roberts’ zipper-challenged thigh-high vinyl boots in the movie, Pretty Woman, has a lot of ladies – even editors – spooked.  But if you observe these simple rules for wearing over-the-knee boots, you will never be mistaken for a “working girl”. 

When you are wearing high boots with a high heel, keep your hemline close to the knee or longer. If you are petite, let your skirt hover at knee-length or an inch above – no shorter with over-the-knee boots. If you are tall, go for longer skirts with a lady-like slit. Slit skirts are a big trend this year. 

If you want to wear a thigh-high boot with a mini-skirt or short shorts, go for flat or low-heeled boots and wear dark tights in the same colour. For an impeccable high-fashion look, pair flat heeled suede over-the-knee boots with satin finish opaque tights in the same shade.  The look is catwalk, not street-walker.  

If you are on a budget, steer clear of shinny over-the-knee boots. Cheap thigh-high boots scream “hooker boots”. Instead, look for suede or leather. If you want shiny – and I love patent anything – splurge on a very good quality pair of the real thing and take care of them.  

And on a final note, never ever fix a broken boot zipper with a safety pin.

 Nicholas Kirkwood

Over-the-Knee Metal-Heel Suede Boot, Indigo

$1150.00 

www.neimanmarcus.com

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Sam Edelman ‘Kayla’ Over the Knee is best worn with leggings and a long sweater or tunic or longer skirt.

$274.95

www.nordstrom

 

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