What Clothing Goes Well With Over the Knee Boots?

by Essence Gant
Supermodel Joan Smalls shows a sophisticated edge in a sheath and suede over-the-knee boots.

Supermodel Joan Smalls shows a sophisticated edge in a sheath and suede over-the-knee boots.

Designed in the 15th century as a men's riding boot, the over-the-knee boot has evolved into a popular footwear choice among women. They can be worn all year, but are mostly seen during fall and winter. The styles are many -- leg-fitting, slouchy, stiletto, flat, chunky heel -- and can all be worn with a few standard pieces.

Skinny Jeans

To spruce up an ordinary pair of skinny jeans, slide into some over-the-knee boots. Flat or low chunky heel boots give off a rider equestrian vibe, while stiletto or wedge over-the-knee boots make the look more edgy. If you want a similar look but a lighter and more comfortable feel, go with leggings instead of skinny jeans.

Miniskirts, Max Appeal

Pairing your thigh-high boots with a short skirt shows just a peek of skin between the top of the boot and the skirt hemline for sexy appeal. If you're on the conservative side, wear stockings or tights underneath your skirt for a more refined look.

Year-Round Shorts

Long gone are the days where shorts are strictly for summer and spring. With over-the-knee boots, you can wear shorts year round. For a night on the town, dress up leather or tweed shorts with leg-fitting thigh highs. Make it conservative by layering with tights and a blazer. Or go for a rugged hobo-chic look on a lazy Saturday in frayed denim shorts and slouchy suede over-the-knees.

For Dressier Occasions

Switch out the classic pumps for a pair of over-the-knee boots to up your dress' style factor. Over-the-knees go well with just about any kind of dress -- cocktail, sweater, skater, sheath and even a below-the-knee length if it has a front thigh-high split. Depending on the style of boot, you can transform the simplest dress into a party frock or a chic and sophisticated statement.

About the Author

Essence Gant writes articles for the female audience, with expertise in style, beauty and health. Her work has been published in "Hype Hair" and "Today's Black Woman Style Report" magazines. She received her Master of Social Welfare from State University of New York at Albany in 2011.

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