Over the knee boots have gone from being a little bit edgy a few years ago and to pretty mainstream. Flat or low heeled over the knee boots look fabulous with your favorite sweater and jeans, and you can even wear higher over the knee boots with skirts and dresses at any age, so long as you follow a few guidelines.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when you are over 40, 50 or more and you want to make sure you look tasteful, not trashy.
1. Opt for a Low-Heeled Over the Knee Boot
If you’re dying to give over the knee boots a go, but you’re nervous about looking silly, don’t be. A very safe bet is an over the knee boot with a low or flat heel. Here’s the reason why: the flat heel balances out the tallness of the boot, and softens the super sexy message these boots send. Instead, you come across as casually chic.
2. Suede is Popular
Suede has a slightly more casual feel than leather, so a suede over the knee boot is a great starting place. Pair your boots with skinny jeans or leggings. If your legs are on the short side, you may want to go with black suede boots worn with black pants or leggings. That will lengthen your legs. The suede adds some nice texture which ensures that black on black isn’t boring. If you are not concerned about your leg length, go for a contrasting boot like brown or merlot, or even navy has been popular.
2. Don’t Show Much Leg
Many young gals are wearing short, flirty mini dresses with very high over the knee boots and it looks cute for that age group, but it can really look like you are playing little girl dress-up if you try to pull this off when you are a mature woman. Dresses worn with over the knee boots look best when the dress is not too short, too skimpy or too fussy. The key to pulling off a dress with over the knee boots is to just show a hint of leg and keep the rest of the look covered up. Your boots should almost meet your hemline.
3. A Sweater Dress Pairs Well with an Over the Knee Boot
A sweater dress is a great example of a dress that looks fab with over the knee boots. Again, it’s about balance. This dress is short enough to show off the boot, but it isn’t a mini. It is a simple, clean-lined, modest style that lets the boot have all the attention, and it is a nice heavy knit which gives a casual feel to balance out the sexy boot.
4. Get the Proportions Right – Long over Loose
This is a popular style recipe that works at any age. Take a chunky, oversized sweater and wear it with jeans or leggings and over the knee boots. It’s a youthful, figure-flattering look.