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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

The Do’s & Don’ts of Wearing Knee High Boots

Following several seasons of the ankle boot acquiring ‘Queen B’ position, this seasons set it’s sights a little higher. Be ready to welcome knee high boots into your wardrobe!

With the turn of the 60s trend, this Autumn/Winter14 persuaded knee to thigh high boots back onto our fashion agenda. On the catwalk we saw Gucci, Donna Karen and Emillio Pucci sashay bold thigh high styles throughout their collections. Off the runway, however they can certainly be a tricky trend to pull off. Lets face it; it’s not ideal if your BFF has to tell you, your looking like our favourite pretty woman! But not to fret, here’s our guide on getting it right!

Over the knee boots were originally created for men as riding boots in the 15th Century. The 1960s however redefined the look for women, and aren’t we grateful! Balenciaga’s 1962 fall collection starred a knee-high boot designed by Mancini, and the following year, Yves Saint Laurent’s couture collection saw thigh-high croc print boots designed by Roger Vivier become all the rage. With hemlines rising, knee high boots were deemed the fashion boot of choice. Not only are they a staple in your wardrobe for keeping you warm, they are also very stylish.

Adopted by style icon Khloe Kardashian, she was seen donning a bold pair of black leather thigh high boots in late September 2014, but styled them effortlessly with a casual black tee and jeans. We love how supermodel Miranda Kerr styled her OTK look; with similar black boots paired with an Alexander Wang grey sweater dress and a black trench coat – what a fashion home-run!

Believe It or not, over the knee boots can be incredibly versatile. Whether you treat them as your statement piece or play them down, the trick is to keep the combination balanced, simple and flattering. For a casual look, we suggest you reach for a grey or brown suede style that is more daytime appropriate. The Warehouse Suede Knee High Boots, £100, are the perfect balance between style and comfort. With a rounded toe and block heel they are comfortable, practical and affordable. Team with denim skinny jeans and a casual knit or blanket cape and you have instantly eliminated that pretty woman factor.

If you prefer a classic look, an elegant black boot will give the illusion of longer legs. Our tip? Typically avoid bodycon dresses and instead opt for a less formal, A line silhouette. The Delman Bet Suede thigh high boots, £260, have a pointed toe detail and are elasticated for a great fit, leaving you with that uber-chic look.

Lastly, if you are a girl to make a statement, choose a boot that has some character. A stiletto will certainly give you that ultra glamorous look. The Gianmarco Lorenzi knee length boots, £397, in burgundy have a high stiletto with a 60s vibe. Team with a classic trench coat and an on trend sixties-inspired mini dress and let your boots do all the talking.

Although they can be tricky to style, follow these tips and you’ll be right on trend this season, feeling ultra feminine and confidant.

Until Next Time, Emma x

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