Michel de Montaigne
Dolls of course you want your attire to be intimidating and fierce; but as the wearer one does not want to feel intimidated by their own foot accoutrement. Mais non; you simply want to intimidate others. But I digress; I don’t blame one for feeling frightened at the mere contemplation of over the knee boots. I counted myself amongst the fearful up until a few short months ago when I ordered a pair of knee-highs which, incidentally, went a good four inches over my knee. Apparently they were knee-high boots for the tall; over the knee boots for the petite.
The aesthetic of such a gorgeous getup left me in awe mixed with alarm. How I, an individual standing no more than five-foot-one-and-a-half-inches could rock such a look in the same fashion as Daria Werbowy, Lily Donaldson, Coco Rocha, and Chanel Iman; towering goddesses strutting their stuff in these very same designs on the runway, seemed unfathomable – even for me, a person willing to take risks for the sake of style.
Those boots sat untouched, simply being oohed and aahed over in my mind for a full three weeks before I finally worked up the courage to wear them out of my palatial bedroom. And once I did…I was addicted. The truth of the matter is, darlings, while over the knee boots retain the ability to tantalize and terrify both the wearer and the viewer, styling them is an uncomplicated undertaking with the power to revamp your wardrobe in the blink of an eye; as long as you know exactly how to work with them, as opposed to against them.
♥Hues, Textures, and Materials, Oh My! I’ll be the first to admit that I have a slight obsession with patent leather due to the fact that it’s slick and shiny. While these two traits are fabulous for that divine new Derek Lam Harriet Bag, when it comes to over the knee boots these are two things that you want to steer clear of. Hues, textures, and materials are essentials to consider when selecting the over the knee offering of your dreams, for they are the determinants in how you present yourself, and how others will perceive you. Take into consideration the fact that height is the true crème de la crème of the over the knee boot; it need not compete with a flashy color, reptilian texture, or embellishments galore. Go for subtlety. Stick to suede and natural leather pieces in neutral tones such as blacks, browns, or, if you feel a deep desire to channel your inner Serena van der Woodsen, grays – these shades and materials will work with anything and everything lurking within your closet; in addition to complementing your wardrobe in the most mesmerizing of ways.
♥Height or No Height Be aware of the fact that you are already lengthening your look with the height of the over the knee boot; therefore, don’t feel that you must search for a sky-high heel in order to do these stunners justice. In fact, I recommend a flat boot for the sheer fact that they are more wearable in an abundance of situations – from job interviews to girls’ nights; and come across as more sophisticated than shocking. I think of Giuseppe Zanotti as an over the knee boot genius. For the girl who wants something understated, he has the Thigh High Flat Suede Boots with Flex Sole, and for the lovely looking to proffer a bit of attitude, there are the Python Print Over the Knee Boots. These are both paradigmatic models of what the perfect over the knee boot should look like in either venue, be it flat or heeled. If you should opt for a heel, look for a chunky one, as opposed to a stiletto to avoid looking too risqué. A chunkier heel neutralizes the silhouette and comes across as more classy and chic than outrageous and over the top.
♥Welcoming Widths After the success with my first pair of over the knee boots, I decided to spring for another in a similar style, which I purchased Online. They were absolutely gorgeous once they arrived at my front door, but there was one noticeable difference between the two – the circumference. Looking at the height of the shaft and heel is like second nature to us seasoned shoppers, but we often neglect to learn what the width of the leg opening is. Tawdry checkout stand tabloids (which I am slightly addicted to) go on and on about “thigh spillage,” a term coined to describe the loose skin that hangs over the top of over the knee boots – i.e. an expression you most definitely don’t want to hear used in reference to you. To avoid such a tight fit, make sure to decide what look you’re going for beforehand and purchase accordingly. Do you want something that fits in the same fashion as a legging, like Robert Clergerie’s Fissaw Over the Knee Boots with Stretch Shaft; or do you want a style that will let you move and groove like Chinese Laundry’s Tripin? Take into consideration what you’ll be wearing with these boots – skinny jeans, bare legs, tights…and slip them on with such ensembles before buying; it’s definitely better than realizing ten minutes before your hot date that the boots of your dreams are incapable of being worn over your seductive skinnies!
♥Back to Basics I am of the belief that when wearing over the knee boots, the shoe should be the focal point of your look du jour; thus, it is your job to ensure that the pieces surrounding them are working to complement their fabulousness, as opposed to competing with it. Lock your bold prints and bright colors away, if only for a fleeting period of time – over the knee boots work best when married with monochromatic hues. Pair Dolce Vita’s Crosby in Black with ebony-toned tights, don Steve Madden’s Montrell in Grey Suede with dark wash skinny jeans, wear Qupid’s Nesha-42 in Brown Suede with skintight, chocolate leggings. Not only will your footwear steal the show; but the solid colors will make you appear more lithe and lanky than you already are, and no girl can resist that!
♥Perfect Proportions The main reason I avoided my over the knee boots for so long was that I was clueless as to how I should style them. Once I actually began to try them out with different looks, however, I realized that they easily worked with most of my wardrobe. The key thing to remember is that you don’t want to appear as if you’re on your way to a costume party; thus, you must be fully aware of your proportions. Form-fitting or tunic-like sweater dresses that fall just below the derriere look gorgeous when worn alongside flat over the knee boots with a legging fit; while boyfriend cardigans, cropped blazers or motorcycle jackets, and even plain t-shirts worn with leggings or skinny jeans can dress such footwear down and make it more playful and fun. A word of wisdom…over the knee boots do have the potential to make one – especially shorter girls – look slightly heavy about the rear if not careful. Rely on accessories like a statement necklace or perky scarf to detract attention from your posterior, and keep you feeling confident.
Darlings, it was Franklin Delano Roosevelt who said, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” Hold fast to his words of wisdom and plunge into the sea of over the knee boots. Mark my words…you won’t regret it!
Thanks to Fashionising, Sterling Style, Science Blogs, and Batch Please for the pictures.
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