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35 Over the Knee Boots and Ways to Wear Them IRL

Aug 15, 2016

OVER THE KNEE BOOTS

Effortlessly sexy and extremely dramatic, over the knee boots one-hundred-percent take the cake when it comes to outfit-making footwear. Neither fringed stilettos nor red soles really compare in terms of the drama – and the functionality of the OTK boot. Much like leather pants, they are one of the warmest items you can wear in fall and winter weather, and – I kid you not – one of the most versatile pieces you can add to your wardrobe.

As intimidating and ‘for-models-only’ as they may look, over the knee boots look as amazing with a classic pencil skirt and crisp button-down as they do with (super casual) distressed jeans or shorts. The main styling tip to remember is that when your shoes are making a major impact, keep all other parts of your outfit as simple as possible. These boots have no competition, so allow them to make their statement and you’re all set.

Whether you favor suede or leather, a spike heel or no heel at all, I’ve put together 35 beautiful over the knee boots and divvied them up by budget. Click on all the ones that catch your eye and then keep scrolling down for a gallery full of ideas of what to pair your OTK boots with. 


 

 


WITH A KNEE LENGTH SWEATER DRESS


WITH LEGGINGS AND SKINNY JEANS

Barefoot Blonde Image Source: Barefoot Blonde.


WITH SHORTS AND A SHIRT TIED AROUND WAIST

Chanel Iman Image Source: Tommy Ton.


WITH AN ASYMMETRICAL SKIRT

Christine Andrew Image Source: Hello Fashion.


WITH A LBD

Image Source: Something Navy.


WITH A KNEE-LENGTH VEST OR BLAZER

Olivia Palermo Image Source: PopSugar.


WITH A SHIRT DRESS OR TUNIC TOP

Leonie Sophie Image Source: Ohh Couture.


AT THE OFFICE

To take an over the knee look to work, make sure that leg skin is in no way visible – especially the skin of your upper thighs. Pair boots with a classic button-down shirt, tights, and to-the-knee skirt. OTK boots are a statement piece, so the rest of your outfit should be as simple as possible in order not to compete.

Image Source: Getty / Timur Emek


WITH A MINI SKIRT

To prevent thigh high boots and mini from looking too risqué, pair them with  a generously cut, modest top, as Kate does here.

Kate Bosworth Image Source: Who What Wear.


PAIR WITH AN OVERSIZE SWEATER

The key to wearing OTK boots is to downplay all other items in your outfit. Here high-heeled boots come across as casual and down right collegiate with an oversize chunky knit sweater. See more cozy sweater outfit ideas HERE.

Image Source: Sarah Sarna on Tumblr.


WITH A LACE SKATER DRESS

Image Source: Atlantic-Pacific.


WITH SKINNY JEANS

Image Source: Something Navy.

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