From their lesser-known roots in sixteenth-century menswear to the Victorian lady’s shoe-of-choice, the humble over-the-knee boot has endured a certain infamy over the years. Modern times, however, have seen the shoe shed its checkered reputation and instead, garner a cult following of on-trend women who have craftily incorporated the boot into their style repertoire. And, they’re more wearable than you think.
Below, we give you the low-down on how to nail the thigh-high boot trend so you can effortlessly wear them all year long.
Wear them over jeans
For those of us who have yet to become over-the-knee aficionados, or find the somewhat daring trend a little daunting, opting for a style that renders your boots less of a focal point is a stylish alternative. Steer towards formal black or soft neutral shades that match effortlessly with your favourite pair of jeans, and finish with a statement bag to balance out your ensemble.
Rock them in summer
While the thought alone of wearing over-the-knee suede boots during a steamy Aussie summer can make you work up a sweat, summer is officially the time for experimentation and with that, comes road-testing a surprisingly wearable trend. Make like Gigi Hadid and pair modest-heeled Stuart Weitzman boots with a form-flattering frock for chic sophistication, ensuring you keep it light and airy on top. Finish the look with a pair of Miu Miu sunglasses and then you're ready to step on out into the sunshine.
Bring back the shirt dress
Elevate the humble shirt dress by teaming it with a hearty dose of leather. Incorporating statement thigh-highs into an otherwise simple outfit will give your look the hit of chic you’re after. If you’re feeling a little bit more adventurous, try an asymmetric, oversized blouse that’ll grant your outfit a contemporary touch you can work from morning to night.
Pair with a blazer
A structural tailored jacket adds a polished touch to any ensemble, but no more so than when paired with a barely-there mini and thigh-high suedes. If you have a penchant for the loose fit, team your relaxed blazer with a thick waist belt in contrasting fabric to draw in your silhouette. This style works best when you can’t quite catch a glimpse of the skirt underneath, so make sure to choose a blazer with a longline cut.
Go for the long skirt
Some may argue thigh-high boots were made for the mini-skirt, others fall neatly into the jean camp – but don’t dismiss the effortless sophistication that the long skirt affords. Pairing your boots with a maxi skirt creates the perfect trans-seasonal look that translates well from day to night. Add a pop of colour to elevate your look for warm-weather dressing.