5 Ways to Wear Over-the-Knee Boots

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5 Ways to Wear Over-the-Knee Boots

Ever since they burst onto the mainstream fashion scene in the Fall of 2009, the uber chic trend of over-the-knee boots have caused quite a bit of confusion among the masses. Many are unsure about how to integrate this look into their daily wear. Despite their appearance on the runways, this is a look originally associated with Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman," and it is daring to say the least. However, there is a way to find a happy medium between stylish and trashy by combining the over-the-knee-boots (OTK) look with the right choice of clothing.

This guide is designed to help women pull off the over-the-knee boot look with class and style. This will happen by offering some basic tips on dressing with OTKs in mind. Then, 5 ways to wear over-the-knee boots will be discussed as a means to get the creative fashion juices flowing. Finally, buying tips will help women get the inside track on the piece they need to finish it all off: over-the-knee boots.

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Dressing with Over-the-Knee Boots: Keep It Classy

Before getting into specific looks, it is important to review a few dos and don'ts when it comes to dressing with OTK boots in general. Remember, this look, no matter how masterfully pulled off, still has a strong association with loose morals and risque activities. Therefore, ground rules for decorum are essential.

Dos for Over-the-Knee Boots

Don'ts for Over-the-Knee Boots

  •     Do make sure you are "ready" to wear over-the-knee boots. This is not a look for the faint of heart. The best accessory to OTKs is confidence.
  •     Do keep the silhouette of the outfit in mind. OTKs are tight and form-fitting, which means that the rest of the outfit should be loose and flowy to create contrast.
  •     Do consider a dress with sleeves. The covered look is a nice contrast to the risque nature of the boots.
  •     Do go with a black boot. Though brown is a bit more understated, the point of an OTK is to stand out, so go with it.
  •     Don't wear anything too revealing. Again, these boots are already provocative, so create contrast with more conservative choices like tunics and leggings.
  •     Don't wear too high a heel. By their very nature, OTKs are hard to walk in because they can prevent full range of motion in the knees. If you aren't used to walking in high heels, this is not the time to try.
  •     Don't choose a boot with too many frills on the top, unless you are a pirate.
  •     Don't ever, ever, ever, pair OTKs with a tight mini skirt, especially if it's neon. In case the other tips weren't blunt enough, this will send the wrong message. Period.

The challenge of dressing with over-the-knee boots is trying to balance the perception of this fashion piece with the overall outfit. There is a reason that this look is so hot and it has to do with balance. Though there are plenty of people, celebrities included, who seem to have missed the message about the whole short skirt and revealing outfit thing, there's no reason to fall into that trap when you wear over-the-knee boots. In fact, correctly paired, OTKs can be worn to a causal office and in many other settings that are more traditionally considered modest.

Once buyers understand the basic idea of properly pulling off the over-the-knee boot, there are some additional options that they have in terms of specific looks for OTKs. Each of these involves taking the basic ground rules from the previous section and using them to pair boots with the proper clothing pieces. Depending on the environment in which they will be worn, consider the following 5 ways to wear over-the-knee boots.

Style 1: Over-the-Knee Boots with Jeans

A favorite look for many women who want to marry the haute couture style of over-the-knee boots with a more casual look is to pair OTKs with jeans. This is a great option since the jeans ensure coverage and a (relatively) loose fit as compared to some other options. However, in order to make this look work, the jeans in question will need to be skinny jeans or else buyers will need to opt for a wider over-the-knee boot which may not wear as well with some of the other fashion options. For an added element of sophistication, consider pairing jeans with a crisp white or light-colored dress shirt.

Style 2: Over-the-Knee Boots with Leggings

A more popular choice is to wear over-the-knee boots with leggings, which are also a really hot fashion item. Leggings, by their very nature, hug the legs and make the fitting of OTKs pretty easy. However, in order to dial down the provocative nature of the over-the-knee look, it's important to pair leggings with a loose-fitting top, like a sweater. This serves the dual purpose of creating modesty on top and adding a bit of warmth to the look and feel of the ensemble.

Style 3: Over-the-Knee Boots with Thigh-Length Skirts and Panty Hose

A more daring and formal option is to pair over-the-knee boots with a thigh-length skirt and panty hose. Since panty hose are slippery, even tight fitting OTKs will work great with them. The thigh - length skirt is also a happy middle ground between style and sexy. It will cover the legs while also showcasing the beauty of the boots. Make sure that the skirt is loose fitting, however, in order to control the silhouette and prevent negative associations with the look.

Style 4: Over-the-Knee Boots with Shorts and Stockings

For those who are really into the fashion scene, pairing over-the-knee boots with dress shorts and opaque stockings can really add punch to an outfit. The addition of the stockings is essential if buyers are to avoid showing too much skin. Also, this look is a bit more edgy, so it can be hard to pull off without the right accessories. Remember to keep the top more modest, opting for a dress T - shirt and flowy cardigan or dress shirt like the one described in Style 1.

Style 5: Over-the-Knee Boots with Longer Skirts and Dresses

Women who are wary of showing too much skin with a skirt or shorts may want to opt for another, more subtle way to highlight over-the-knee boots by pairing them with a long slitted skirt or dress. This option will keep the majority of the legs covered while allowing the teasing look of OTKs to show on occasion and add a bit of style.

Buying Over-the-Knee Boots

Achieving a great look with over-the-knee boots is an exercise in balance and savvy. In order to achieve that, however, the first and most important step is finding a great pair of over - the - knee boots. Since this type of footwear took the fashion world by storm in 2009, they have become more and more prevalent among typical merchants and shoe stores. However, since OTKs tend to be a pricier option as compared to knee - high and mid - calf boots, they are more likely found in higher end department stores and designer shoe shops. There is also the option of shopping for over-the-knee boots online on sites like eBay.

Buying Over-the-Knee Boots on eBay

The eBay marketplace is a great place to find over-the-knee boots for women. Its Women ' s Shoes section is part of the larger Fashion Shop which offers buyers the opportunity to find great looks for reduced prices from a variety of retailers and resellers. Sometimes this means steep discounts on items like over-the-knee boots from last season which cannot be found in stores.

Searching for over-the-knee boots on eBay is really quite simple as the Women's Shoes section has a specific category dedicated to boots. From there, buyers can refine their search by limiting results to size, color, or width. This can help to limit a search quickly and get buyers exactly what they want. There are even a few merchants within the eBay family who offer made - to - order boots.

To ensure you have the best buying experience, it's also important to know the seller when buying OTK boots. Be sure to read the seller's feedback and be sure to ask any questions you may have before making your purchase which can be done by clicking on the link to contact the seller.


Over-the-knee boots are a bold fashion trend that can really add an element of chic style to an outfit. However, the close association that this fashion statement has with some less desirable looks makes the execution of OTKs a bit tricky. Never fear. There are some definite dos and don'ts that, if followed, can help women make an over-the-knee boot work. In addition, the basic 5 ways to wear over-the-knee boots can also help women to get inspired.

Once that inspiration hits, buying over-the-knee boots is as simple as knowing where to look. eBay, for example, offers several great styles from a variety of retailers that can help women make the perfect pairing. Using the tips in this guide and a bit of good judgment can help any woman wear over-the-knee boots with style and class.

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