There’s nothing like a pair of tall boots to make you look modern, sexy and chic. Whether they are knee-high stiletto boots or low-heel riding boots, a pair of gorgeous boots will rock your wardrobe.
Here are 9 Tips for How to Wear Tall Boots:
1. Knee High is Most Flattering
This season you’ll find tall boots in a variety of heights, from mid-calf to over-the-knee, but the most flattering boot is one that ends below the bottom of the kneecap.
Mid-calf boots stop at the widest part of your calf, cutting you off vertically. They’re not the best if you have chunky calves because they can make your calves look even wider. Over the knee boots or thigh high are fun but can be tricky, especially if you have short legs. They can swallow you up or put too much emphasis on your thighs.
Knee high boots like these Coach Ruth Dress Boots create a long, lean line that make your legs look slim.
2. Aim for No Gap
The perfect fit is important. Choose a boot that is tight enough around the calf, so there’s no, or very little gap. Your boot should be sleek and fitted, but not tight. There shouldn’t be any skin bulging over, but there also shouldn’t be more than a half-inch of space between your boot or your leg either. Otherwise, it takes away from that tapered, streamlined look.
This Michael Kors Woods Tall Boot is similar to the one shown above, but it has a platform. It is a classic boot that looks sleek and sophisticated.
Note: Flat riding boots like these below, have a straighter fit and are more rustic, which means you can go with a slightly wider boot.
3. Suede is Most Comfy
Tall suede boots for women are your best choice if comfort is your priority because suede is such a soft, flexible material. A good example is this Coach- Britney Suede Boot. Also, since suede is stretchy, it’s great for skinny calves. It molds to thin legs like a glove. If you have large or muscular calves, leather boots are better.
4. Large Calves Need Extra Features
Speaking of large calves, you’ll need to look for boots that measure 16″ or more around. Boot with full side zippers and elastic panels also help. This Chelsea Sweater Knit Shaft Riding Boot ( above left) has what is called stretchy sweater panels at the back. It is chic but practical because of the added stretch all along the back of the calf.
An adjustable buckle at the top of these tan Naturalizer Jennings Riding Boots helps to give you extra inches if you have heavy legs or wide calves. It also adds a classy equestrian touch. Ties at the top of the calf on these Dominion Wedge Boots also help create extra width.
5. Skinny Calves Need Insets
At the opposite end of the spectrum are women with skinny calves. Ladies, you need boots that measure 13 3/4″ or less around. Also, look for boots with elastic insets sewn into the shaft for a tighter fit. These Stitches Over the Knee Stretch Boots are a good example of that.
6. Fringe and Colored Suede Boots are Trendy
If you want a fashion forward look in a tall boot, then consider this Sam Edelman Josephine Fringe Boot. It’s fun for weekends when you want a little wow.
Colored tall, flat suede boots are also great for casual look and work with jeans or leggings. I bought these Tall Suede Merlot Stuart Weitzman Boots this fall and I’m loving them!
7. Wedges Give You Height Without Hurt
Teetering around in stilettos can be tiresome, so a great alternative is a wedge boot. You get the height you want, but they’re comfy too, and they look great with dresses or with tucked-in jeans or leggings. I like the looks of these Tayrn Rose Gray Suede Wedge Boots which also come in black.
8. Hose Matters
Don’t forget to pair your boots with opaque tights for a modern look. Your tights should match the color of your boots to elongate your legs and make them look lean and sexy!
9. Classic Styles are Best at Work
Tall boots can add an edge to an office outfit. A stacked heel with a rounded toe is the most comfortable type of boot to wear to work.
A stiletto heel with pointed toe is also acceptable and is more elegant and alluring.
Be careful of boots with too many straps or too much bling on them, in the workplace. A simple, classic style like this tall brown boot looks more sophisticated and won’t date as fast.
10. Riding Boots are Your Friend over 40
An equestrian style boot like this Derby Riding Boot (above) is practical and chic for your over 40 lifestyle. You can wear it with jeans or leggings tucked in, or with casual dresses. If it is too traditional for you then you might like this black one, below.
This is an edgy version of a riding boot – The Faris Tall Boot by Vince Camuto . It’s quilting and bold gold buckles give it an edgy moto look.