You don't need me to tell you that everything looks different on a model than it does in real life. Over-the-knee boots are a biggie. On the catwalk, they look effortlessly stunning and easy to pull off, nonchalantly paired with a micro mini or a floating dress, cut up to the thigh. In real life, they're a little trickier to wear — they make a statement, conjure up images of our favorite Pretty Woman, and don't always agree with the rest of our wardrobe. OK, I'll admit: they're challenging; but that doesn't mean they're not worth a try and that they won't actually work with the right pieces, for everybody. Yes, every body type.
With all the tips, tricks, and real-life proof you need, we've made a case for the over-the-knee boot trend right here. Whether you're curvy, petite, or tall, we highly encourage you to step up your footwear game. Scroll through for the styling lessons and the shopping to get you started.
For Tall Girls
Over-the-knee boots might be the easiest for tall girls to wear. They present less of a challenge with long legs, though if you'd rather not draw attention to your height, this probably isn't the look for you. They highlight your stems, though you can certainly temper their wow factor with easy, understated shapes up top. Opt for an easy sweater dress that hits right at the thigh and gives a little breathing room between your boots and your hemline.
So as not to overwhelm your frame, pair your over-the-knee boots with fitted, structured pieces that show your shape. Don't hide your boots under a long hemline that will shorten your legs; instead opt for a miniskirt that leaves plenty of space between the boot and the hemline. The result is a sharp take on the trend that's a perfect fit for your frame.
For Curvy Girls
Girls with curves can absolutely rock these boots — it's all in how you do it. Opt for a pair that hits right above the knee, and create a long, lean leg line with a pair of dark denim in a similar hue. As for the top, stick to long sweaters or blouses that hit below the hip and top it all off with a jacket perched on your shoulders to give it a street-style-star approved finish.
For Athletic Builds
If you're average height with an athletic frame, over-the-knee boots are a great way to accentuate the leg line. Look for tights or jeans in the same dark color as your boots. Keep the look classic with a blazer and scarf — and a belt at the waist, like this, only helps to further slim your frame.
For the Office
If you're going to bring this look to work, be sure to keep your upper thighs covered — that little bit of skin can be the big difference between office hours and after hours. The other trick: keep the top half more classic with a button-down shirt, a blazer, or a turtleneck. The boots will bring plenty of personality to the look all on their own.
Paging all shoe-lovers — and that's all of us, right? The Spring '15 runways have kicked off, giving us a whole new crop of kicks to covet for the next season. So what exactly do we have to look forward to? Designers emphasized wearability and ease, delivering flatforms and block heels, not to mention a selection of flats, dressed up with fringe and embellishment so you don't even have to feel guilty about not wearing your heels. It's all right here; just scroll for your preview of Spring's new footwear — from the runways inNYC, London, and Milan.
1 Woven Details
Whether crafted with a more natural look or made of more futuristic technicolor fabric, like the shoes at Alexander Wang , woven cropped up at some of our favorite designers, giving subtle dimension to heels and Spring sandals.
2 Power Pumps
Pointed toes and high stiletto heels were still the mark of a great power pump. Spring '15's iterations come with ankle straps, slingbacks, too, and in every case, they're still a sign of classic womanly dressing.
Wes Gordon Spring 2015
3 All Laced Up
Whether they're tied up around the ankle and even the calf, we're already predicting that statement-making lace-up sandals will be any fashion girl's must-have footwear come Spring.
Nonoo Spring 2015
4 Western Influence
With bold references, like spurs and the tougher, metal hardware at Marissa Webb, or more subtle influence, like the shape of the shoes at Victoria Beckham, Western-inspired kicks are having a moment.
Marissa Webb Spring 2015
5 Fancy Flats
Embellishments, feathered details, fringe, and multistrap buckles made Spring '15 sandals anything but average. These flats are dressy enough to wear right along with your party dress.
Other than her singing talent, Taylor Swift is known for a lot of things: dancing uncontrollably at awards shows, dating a lot of guys, then writing about her heartbreaks and turning them into hit singles. But if there’s one more thing she should be known for, it’s her style.
For the past six months, the 24-year-old has been seen copping coordinated separates and it seems that she’s not ready to let go of the trend just yet. The leggy star has made the matchy-matchy outfit her go-to look for daytime walks, lunch with her girlfriends, after gym errands, and red carpet events. With its simple, classy, yet fun look, the trend has become the “Shake It Off” songstress’ trademark. Scroll down to see why you should get on her bandwagon too.
Wearing Lovers + Friends
Wearing The Reformation
Wearing Tanya Taylor
Wearing Alice + Olivia
Wearing Alice + Ollivia
If that hasn’t persuaded you enough, here are a few reasons why getting a matching outfit is a wardrobe staple.
1. It can take your look from day to night. Its simplicity keeps it flexible; whether it’s plain or printed, you can always dress it up or down with jackets or statement accessories.
2. It won’t ever get old. But if you do get sick of wearing the separates together, you can always pair each piece with something else. That already gives you 2+ outfits to wear.
3. It flatters most body types depending on the structure of the outfit. Choose styles that range from tight-fitting to flared and from long to short.