Unlike your trusty arsenal of ankle boots, over-the-knee boots have a certain je ne sais quoi that makes jaws drop while simultaneously landing them in intimidating territory. Though arguably a fall capsule wardrobe essential, they’re a tricky stepper to master and require careful consideration to pull off. But don’t let that keep you from donning a pair of these chic shoes — their power is practically unparalleled. Slip ‘em on with skinny jeans or a sleek A-line mini skirt and watch as your #OOTD goes from zero to #squadgoals in 10 seconds flat. Intrigued? Style Resolutions is taking you step by step through the styling process, showing you how to effortlessly transition these streamlined stunners for a day at the office or a chill sesh on the couch (and whatever comes after).
HOW TO WEAR OTK BOOTS FOR WORK
Show ’em you mean business when it comes to nine-to-five style by swapping out a snoozy suit or boring black trousers for a bright geometric shift dress and leather-look over-the-knee boots. A classic cardigan softens the ensemble’s don’t-mess appeal and delivers plenty of cozy vibes without compromising on polish. Look to modern outerwear (we’re swooning hard for this checked wool bomber) and accessories to ground the getup in Insta-worthy (and HR-approved) territory.
Zara Over the Knee High Heel Cap Toe Boots ($90) + Warehouse Geo Party Shift Dress ($80), J.Crew Classic V-Neck Cardigan in Donegal Wool ($80), H&M Felted Coat ($99), Mango Floral Earrings ($20), Mango Woven Lattice Bucket Bag ($120), VOID Watches V03P in Olive Green/Copper ($195)
HOW TO WEAR OTK BOOTS FOR A NIGHT OUT
A layered look can totally hold it down on a night out, and this after-hours #OOTD is proof. Metallic fabric and an asymmetric silhouette make this long-sleeve top and mini skirt pairing feel decidedly dance floor ready (the disco ball will be totes jealous), especially when paired with sculptural drop earrings and a shimmery crossbody bag. Nix the nylons and keep things under wraps with OTK boots that are guaranteed to add a little va-va-voom to your GNO getup. Round out the look with a burnt orange swing coat that channels the vibrant fall foliage.
Zara Over the Knee High Heel Cap Toe Boots ($90) + Suno Paneled Jacquard Fil Coupé and Bouclé Wrap Mini Skirt ($222), H&M Pleated Top ($35), Nocturne Mancinella Drops ($128), Warehouse Bonded Swing Coat ($158), Free People Prospect Vegan Crossbody ($48)
HOW TO WEAR OTK BOOTS FOR THE WEEKEND
Your trusty Stan Smiths have had their 15 minutes of fame — time to tuck ’em back in the closet and bust these stunners out instead. Elevate skinny jeans and a pastel turtleneck to glamazon status by styling them alongside over-the-knee boots and a leopard faux fur coat a la Kate Moss. Continue the fashion-forward theme with statement sunglasses and a dramatic velvet bag.
Zara Over the Knee High Heel Cap Toe Boots ($90) + H&M Ribbed Turtleneck Top ($18), Madewell 9″ High-Rise Skinny Jeans in Shaw Wash ($128), Zara Leopard Faux Fur Coat ($129), Mango Semiprecious Stone Hand Chain ($50), ASOS Velvet Quilted Lock Cross Body Bag ($41), ASOS Cat Eye Sunglasses in Metal Cut Away Frame ($20)
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