Last updated on January 5th, 2017 at 04:03 pm
If there is one style that is set to stay well into 2017 it’s the over the knee boot, this is one pair of boots you will definitely want in your Winter wardrobe. Over the knee boots have been a popular style throughout the decades, from the swinging sixties and hippy seventies to the grungy nineties but in 2016 they came back with a bang and it looks like they are here to stay.
Over the knee boots have a fantastic retro feel to them; they were incredibly popular back in the sixties where they were worn by the first super models including Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton then again in the nineties they came back into fashion after Julia Roberts wore them in the classic film Pretty Woman. Nowadays with the likes of Kim Kardashian, Beyonce and even the Prime Minister Teresa May wearing them, they are more popular than ever! If you’re looking for a boot to keep you warm and cosy throughout the cold Winter months then this is it, not only do they keep your feet toasty but due to their length they are also perfect for keeping your legs warm too.
It was thought for a time that over the knee boots could look slightly trashy, however they have been modernised to give you a more polished look and in this latest post we will share our style tips and tricks to wear this bang on trend style…
How Tall Are Over The Knee Boots?
Thigh high boots usually finish just over the knee towards the thighs or just under the kneecap, they are a very tall boot that is back in fashion.
Over the Knee boots can be a difficult style to wear, bear in mind that we are all different shapes and heights and height really will determine what kind of over the knee boot you choose. If you are a little shorter they can be a challenge to wear. This is a style that can dominate the lower part of your body making your legs appear shorter so balance it out with a pair of heeled over the knee boots; these will give you a much needed height boost and make your legs appear longer. Choose a slim stiletto heel to keep your boots lightweight and make sure the boots sit snugly to your leg finishing just above the knee to create the illusion of longer legs. Classic black is the best colour for this; however do play around with different textures, such as patent and suede to mix up your look.
If you are tall then over the knee boots were made for you, they will elongate your legs even more and you can get away with any style out there. A pair with a flat sole will be a welcome addition to your wardrobe; now you might be thinking a flat sole isn’t as glamorous as a heeled pair, however with a pair of flat over the knee boots you can create a relaxed, seventies look that will keep you looking up to date. With being tall, you can get away with taller and shorter styles, so play around and see what works best for you.
Over the knee boots should sit snugly to your legs, so do remember that when you’re choosing a pair. With many elasticated styles out there, you are guaranteed a snug fit, however do look out for lace up and zip up styles as these will aid you in achieving a good fit. If they still feel a little loose, consider what you are wearing with them, a pair of leggings or tights can be the grip that the boots need to stay tight to your leg, they shouldn’t be baggy, you want to create a clean modern silhouette.
Are Over The Knee Boots Still In Style?
Fear not, we may be heading into a new year but thigh high boots are still going to be in fashion and will be throughout the coming months, they are just so wearable for these colder months. With more and more celebrities including Kylie Jenner and Rihanna rocking above the knee boots, why not take some inspiration from them and try a new look for the New Year.
High leg boots are not only a bold fashion statement, they are also super comfortable and extremely flattering, with the ability to make legs appear slimmer and longer. With so many different styles now on the high street at fantastic prices, it has never been easier to get a high fashion look for a low price tag, not sure what styles will suit you, grab some inspiration online via Pinterest.
How To Put On Thigh High Boots
Now there are some styles of knee high boots that require a little bit of skill to get them on and off, this is due to the snug fit of the boot, with this style you want it to fit as tightly but comfortably to your leg as possible, this ensures they don’t slip down when you are walking or dancing.
Adding a pair of tights will most certainly help when it comes to getting your thigh high boots on and off; tights create a smooth surface that your boot can glide onto without any struggling. If you are going to wear tights then choose a pair with a bit of texture, this will ensure that they once your boots are on they stay on and have something to grip onto. Woolly or glitter tights are best.
A pair of shiny leggings can have the same effect as tights, again do bear in mind that a shiny material will be tougher for your boots to stay up against, however a pair of denim jeggings can provide just the right amount of grip for your boots.
Another thing you could do is fold the top of the boot over so they become a regular height boot, slip your foot in and roll the boot up, alternatively when you slip your foot in make sure it is wrapped in a plastic bag, then once you have pulled your boots up you can tear away the bag and voila, your boots will stay up.
Why not try scrunching up your boots like a sock and pulling them on that way, remember not to get stressed as getting hot and bothered will only make it more difficult to get your boots on and off, if you know of any little tricks and tips do let us know.
How to Keep Over the Knee Boots Up
One of the biggest issues with above the knee boots is keeping them from slipping down, there is nothing worse than having to keep yanking your boots back up as you’re walking along but following a few of our handy tips can save you the trouble, so you can get on with looking and feeling super stylish.
One of the simplest ways of keeping your knee high boots from slipping down is to wear a pair of knee high socks, this will give your boots a bit of grip to hang on to and more importantly they will keep your legs warm during the cold Winter months, if you don’t want the socks to be seen, choose a pair that are the same length as your boots to keep them hidden or choose a neutral colour such as black.
Again a pair of tights or leggings will be your best friend if you’re wearing knee high boots, as not only do they aid you in getting your thigh high boots on and off, they are also the perfect thing for keeping them up. If you find your tights are too shiny they make your boots slip down, pick out a woollen pair as these will have a bit more grip to them.
If you don’t want to wear tights then try a bit of fashion tape, this is a bit like double sided tape that sticks to the inside of your boot then to your leg, you might find you need to use a few strips as a tough boot material will be harder to stick.
A sheet of thin rolled up card slipped inside your boot and wrapped around your leg will also help to keep your boots upright, try and choose card in the same colour as your boots to avoid any unsightliness.
If you’re out and about and you find your boots slipping down, simply use an elasticated hair tie around your knee and this will give your boots something to hang onto.
If all else fails, visit your local cobbler and have him make the boots tighter to your legs, do bear in mind that you still need to get them on and off so don’t go for anything too tight.
There are a couple of things you can do before you even put your shoes on, this includes storing your boots standing up and stuffed with tissue paper to fill them out, this will help them keep their shape when you are wearing them. Another thing is to try and choose styles that are leather; leather is more malleable and will keep its shape better so they will give you a better fit to your legs.
What to Wear With High Leg Boots
Knee high boots are one of the styles of 2016 and luckily they are still set to be huge in 2017 too, they are a classic style that have been modernised to make them more versatile and easy to wear. So what should you wear with knee high boots? If you want to rock the look but are unsure how to do so, read on for our top tips.
For a glamorous retro look that would be perfect for an evening out then why not take some inspiration from the ladies of the sixties and seventies and how they wore them. Wearing a chunky heeled suede effect pair with an over-sized dress, statement jewellery and fedora hat will give you a gorgeous look that is perfect for adding a bit of drama to your evening outfit. Take the dramatic look even further by adding some Victoriana pieces with your thigh high boots, a pair of rich, velvet shorts and black lacy top along with sparkly tights will give you your new favourite going out look.
Got an early dinner date with your other half, style your over the knee boots with a simple skater skirt and soft fine knit jumper, a leather jacket will add a tough, rocky touch to this feminine outfit. Don’t be afraid to play around with different textures and colours, clashing has never looked so good.
Lazy weekends can still look super stylish by simply wearing your long leg boots over a pair of skinny jeans, a pea coat in a bold bright shade and cosy bobble hat that will finish the look off perfectly for Winter. When the weather is a bit warmer, simply swap the coat for an over sized slouchy jumper for a casual look that is super comfy.
Now you might be thinking that over the knee boots are a bit too dressy for the office but you couldn’t be more wrong, they are a must have for creating a sleek, smart look that will give you a fashionable outfit for work. Wearing a pair with a small heel along with a knee length wrap dress will give you an office ready look, whilst slipping a pair under your pencil skirt and smart blouse will give you a look perfect for that important meeting. Not a skirt or dress kind of person? then simply add a pair of over the knee boots to tight trousers and pussy bow blouse for a cool, slick outfit that is great for work.
Over the Knee Boot Styles
There are many different styles of above the knee boots and there are many different ways of wearing them, it’s all about playing with different looks and seeing what works best with your own personal style and shape.
Over the Knee Wedge Boots – this style gives you a cool, retro seventies look that is still going to be huge in 2017. Choose a pair in black or brown and pair with a tan suede skirt and polo neck for a smart look that’ll take you from work to evening drinks.
Over the Knee Fringe Boots – again another seventies inspired style, you’ll look like you’re with the band if you team these with a fringe dress or velvet shorts. Make sure your bag matches your boots by picking out a style with more fringed detailing.
Over the Knee Boots with a Kitten Heel – these are perfect for those of us on the slightly shorter side; they add a small height boost that will alter the appearance of the high leg boots so they don’t too long on shorter legs, they also add a glam touch that is perfect for a night out on the town.
Over the Knee Boots with Fur – during the colder months you are going to need a style that not only looks bang on trend but one that is going to keep you warm and cosy. Thigh high boots are perfect for keeping your legs warm and a pair with faux fur detailing will do so even more, it gives them a luxurious feel that is perfect for the dreary January days.
Over the Knee Boots with a Block Heel – these scream vintage chic, favoured by the glamorous women of the sixties and then again in the nineties, they are the ultimate over the knee style. A block heel gives you a bit of added security so you can get on with whatever you have planned. Choose a style that is a soft, suede material as this will give you an authentic retro look. These boots will also help balance out the look for shorter ladies so they too can rock the trend.
So there we have it, our guide to one of the hottest trends of the season that will last well into 2017! Try different styles and colours to create different looks that will work for all occasions. Think about your height and shape, a high heel will elongate shorter legs and help you rock the look while you taller ladies out there can rock any style you wish. Don’t forget to follow our handy hints and tips to help you get the boots on and off and also help keep them up. Whatever style you choose make sure it works for you!
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