Few things are sexier than a pair of black sky-high heels (bonus points if they have bright red soles). But, there’s a new footwear trend sweeping Manhattan that’s making us do a double take—and gasp—make us want to ditch our stilettos. Enter, over-the-knee boots. From the sidewalks of Soho to the cobblestone streets of Meat Packing, we’ve spotted more and more fashion-forward ladies pairing printed wrap dresses and skinny black jeans with buttery over-the-knee boots.
Unlike traditional riding boots or ankle booties, over-the-knee boots elongate your legs, and when styled properly, look sexy as hell. To help you rock the high boot trend like a lady (and not like a lady of the night), Haute Living has put together some helpful tips and tricks, and of course, rounded up our favorite picks of the season!
Rule number one: Only wear with tights or leggings
Julia Roberts may have looked insanely sexy wearing thigh-high boots in “Pretty Woman”, but let us not forget that she was playing a prostitute. To keep your outfit looking sexy and less streetwalker-like, we recommend pairing your boots with black tights or leggings when wearing a dress.
Rule number two: Opt for skinny jeans, not boot cut
The key to making your legs look super long is eliminating bulk. As much as we enjoy seeing boot cut jeans back in stores, when attempting the over-the-knee look, it’s best to wear tighter pants. For a chic, streamlined look, choose a black or dark blue pair.
Rule number three: Don’t be afraid to experiment with color
With fashion, as with life, it’s best to go big or go home. While not all of us may feel comfortable strutting down the street in a pair of bright red boots, there’s no reason to limit your options to basic black or brown. For a softer looker that still has plenty of sex appeal, choose a nude, mauve, or beige hue.
Rule number four: If you choose a patterned pair, keep the rest of your outfit simple
Bold accessories like chunky necklaces, cocktail rings, and hats have their time and place, but it’s not when you are wearing intricate boots. To keep your outfit from veering into costume territory (and keep the attention on your fabulous shoes!), pick a sleek and simple outfit.