How To Wear Thigh-High Boots: 5 Tips for Looking Totally Chic, Not Totally Cheap


Let’s start by giving credit where credit’s
due: When it comes to over-the-knee
footwear, Julia Roberts in “Pretty
Woman” deserves all the glory. Who could
forget her star-making turn as hooker-
with-a-heart-of-gold Vivian Ward, who
meets the man of her dreams while
rocking patent leather thigh-high boots?
Now that that’s settled, let’s talk about
today’s take on the thigh-high trend,
which offers a little less flash, a lot less
trash, and some major style points for
those who dare.

Thigh-high boots hit hard this season,
with top designers such as Chanel , Phillip
Lim , and Chloë showcasing their own
versions on Fall 2013 runways, and now,
as the trend trickles down from the
catwalk to the masses, it’s key to
understand how to pull off the silhouette
while still looking high-style.
Whether you’re planning on busting out a
dusty pair from the back of your closet, or
ponying up to purchase a new set (and if
so, have you seen Tibi’s transformative
pair ?), we’ve nailed down 5 ways to wear
thigh-high boots and still look totally chic,
as opposed to looking like you’re out
trolling for,um, a “date.”

1. Keep your clothes loose and kinda
unflattering. No matter how you slice it,
thigh-high boots add a serious dash of sex
appeal, and it’s for this reason you can
rock an otherwise less-than-figure-
flattering dress, like a boxy shift or
oversized shapeless sweater, which
balances the inherent sexiness of the shoe

2. Dark on bottom, layered on top. If
your thigh-high boots are skin tight, be
sure to wear them with opaque tights,
leggings, or dark skinnies, which leaves
you plenty of room to add volume and
texture on top. Add color, play with
layers, or throw on a bright statement

3. Stay true to the hue. By working a
monochromatic look with your thigh-
highs, you draw attention away from the
severity of the style, and add a subtle
touch of high-fashion drama without
screaming it from the rooftops. Extra
credit for hue-on-hue layering here, too.

4. Sock hop. Want to test the waters a bit
before you dive in whole hog? Invest in a
pair of over-the-knee socks and pair them
with knee-high boots of the same color.
Throw on a skirt or dress that flashes just
a sliver of thigh, layer on a loose cardigan,
and even add a beanie for an easy-peasy
cool-girl vibe.

5. Short skirt, long coat. Overcoats and
long trench coats do wonders for thigh-
high boots, letting you rock all sorts of
short, tight, sexy bottoms if you want to,
all the while letting the long cut of the
coat slim (and chic up) the look. Just be
sure that if you’re going tight on the
bottom, keep things looser on the top —
the Hervé Léger bandage babe look is
better left to the professionals … or never
at all with over-the-knee footwear.

Miss Anyetta. Thank you.


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