Are tall boots off-limits to wear to the office? The answer depends on where you work and the corporate culture. Here are some do’s and don’ts to look professional in tall boots when you’re heading to the office or meeting a client:
The general rule is, the more conservative the office, the less likely tall boots are appropriate. In a formal workplace, they are just not acceptable. However, in a more casual workplace where things are less buttoned-up, but you still want to look polished, tall boots can look quite acceptable, so long as you do not wear them with a very short skirt.
Paired with the right outfit, like a classic dress or a conservative skirt and top, tall boots can be just fine as casual business wear. Here’s a look at a few general guidelines to help you know what to look for:
1. Choose a Classic Boot
A clean, elegant boot with not too much hardware or that does not have too much hardware or gimmicky detail like laces; studs look most professional.
2. Conservative Colors Rule
Colors like black and brown, and taupe are best for business and command authority.
3. Avoid Shiny Patent Leather Boots
Save them for after work. They’re too “pretty lady.” Also, snake print boots are too edgy for the workplace.
4. Quality counts
Leather or suede is rich and classy.
5. A Low to Medium Heel is Best
Best to do no more than a 3 1/4″ heel. A chunkier heel is less sexy than a thin heel, but a thin heel can work so long as it is not too high, and you wear it with something conservative. Remember, the skinnier, the higher the heel, the sexier you will look, and you don’t want to look like you are going clubbing.
6. Hosiery Can Make a Difference
Semi-opaque or opaque tights help balance the weight of the boot, especially if you are wearing a skirt or dress in weightier fabric or a knit- such as a sweater dress.
7. Stay clear of very tall, over the knee and thigh-high boots
They’re for after-hours and are not professional for business.
8. Keep your boots polished and clean
If you want to wear boots to work, they must be in excellent condition – polished with no scuffs.
9. Don’t Wear Booties with Fur Embellishment
This is too much of a fashion statement for the workplace and a distraction.
10. Avoid Short Skirts with Tall Boots
Skirts need to be just above the knee to just below the knee to look appropriate.
11. Leggings are Generally Out
Lightweight, spandex leggings (like the kind you wear around the house or to the gym) aren’t appropriate for business casual. However, in some cases, thicker, more structured Ponte leggings or skinny leg trousers can be worn tucked into flat boots and worn with a blouse or sweater and a jacket. Never wear regular dress pants tucked into any tall boots. You will get that baggy at the unprofessional knee look.
12. Flat boots are Fine
Flat boots are more casual than boots with a heel; however, make sure they are not distressed or too casual looking. They should be very polished looking.
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