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4 Ways to Wear Over-the-Knee Boots


4 ways to wear over the knee boots

If you’ve been reading CF regularly, you know we love over-the-knee boots. But even after reading this article and this article myself, I was still hesitant to try a pair. As a girl who is 5 feet tall, owns way too many shoes, and is broke, I decided that I would restrain myself from buying a pair. But recently, I had to buy some for a costume. And let me tell you, I am so glad I did! They’re my new obsession.

For this post, I will show you 4 different ways that I have styled my black suede over-the-knee boots in my daily life and how you can, too!

Going to Class

As a student, going to class constitutes the majority of the week. And if you enjoy sleep as much as I do, it can be tempting to throw on the first t-shirt, jeans, and tennis shoes in sight when you’re in a hurry. But I want to show you that other outfits are just as easy put together quickly. Here is an example of how I would wear these boots to class.

Over the knee boots going to class outfit
Product Information: Cardigan, Top, Necklace, SkirtEarrings, Tights, Boots*

This outfit was actually inspired by someone I saw while I was walking to class the other day. I love the look of a printed skirt paired with a classic t-shirt and a slouchy cardigan. If it’s chilly where you are, I’ve included some black tights for warmth. Finally, this light blue-green necklace picks up on the blue flowers in the skirt, and simple gold heart studs finish off the look.

Exploring the City

After five days of classes, nothing is better than leaving the confines of the lecture hall to explore the city. Of course, where you decide to explore and what you decide to do will influence the outfit you choose. The outfit I featured below, however, will hopefully be useful for many different types of adventures.

Over the knee Boots Exploring the City Outfit
Product Information: Top, Cardigan, Ring, Pants, Bag, Boots*

This outfit is simple, yet it still commands attention. A printed tank top is interesting underneath this simple gray cardigan. Tuck in some medium-wash jeans into your boots, add on a ring for visual interest, and grab this cross-body bag to easily carry around your most important items for your day of exploration.

Going Out

Coming from someone whose school borders Beverly Hills (emphasis on HILLS), around here, walking around in heels is not the most practical choice for a night out. These boots provide a much-needed dose of comfort while at the same time completing your typical going out look.

Over the knee boots night outfit
Product Information: Dress, Earrings, Lipstick, Boots*

A cute dress like the one above works perfectly with a pair of over-the-knee boots. I wanted to keep this look simple since the dress has so much character. Put on some simple black earrings and finally swipe on some red lipstick to really make your lips pop.

Lounging in Your Dorm

After class, it’s easy to change into your favorite pair of sweats. But in college, whether you’re meeting up with a study group, going to the dining hall, or grabbing a quick late night snack, people are everywhere. Among all these people, looking your best at all times will give you a boost of confidence.

Now, I don’t want you to think that I’m telling you that, “Sweats are bad and should never be worn in public,” because, come on, we’ve all done it at least once. But sometimes it’s fun to maintain your style when lounging around. This is an outfit that can help you do that.

lounging around outfit for black suede over the knee boots
Product Information: Top, Earrings, Headband, Jeggings, Boots*

This outfit would be a great way to incorporate these boots into a comfortable look worn while lounging around. I love dolman-sleeve tops because they are an easy and comfortable way to add interest to your outfit, and this striped one from Forever 21 does just that. Simple white jeggings complement the top and tuck easily into the boots. When relaxing, I like to keep my accessories at a bare minimum. Usually, I enjoy wearing headbands to keep my hair out of my face and when I’m not wearing a statement earring, I always have on my diamond studs.

* All boots featured in this article are from Piperlime

What do you think?

Do you own a pair of over the knee boots? If not, will you give them a try now? If you do own some, what is your favorite way to style them? Where do you like to wear them? Please leave a comment and let us know what you think!

Posted on on February 5, 2011 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , ,

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22 Responses to “4 Ways to Wear Over-the-Knee Boots”

  1. 1
    February 5th, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    I have a pair of brown otk boots that I wear with pretty much anything & everything and I’m always getting compliments on ‘em. I looove wearing mine with OTK socks underneath. Everyone should have a good quality leather pair in their closet, IMO.


  2. 2
    February 5th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    I think you have some really great ideas and pieces here. It’s hard to find boots like these that will fit me (thankfully Torrid takes care of that), but now I have some good ideas to try if/when I get some OTK boots.

  3. 3
    February 5th, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    I absolutely love my over the knee boots and I can definitely agree that they’re very versatile. I have practically identical ones in grey. Cute oufits :)

  4. 4
    February 5th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    A while ago I was wearing an outfit that required higher boots than I usually wear. I didn’t have them, so I had to stick with what I had. It’s nice you post this article right now!

    What I’m wondering is what kind of costume you had you needed the boots for? I love costumes and dressing up, so please tell us!

  5. 5
    February 5th, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I absolutely adore all of the looks here, especially outfit # 1!! I only wish now that I could afford a nice pair of otn boots! Also, that girl is my cousin, Chanel, in outfit #2’s cardigan. :)

  6. 6
    February 5th, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    *wow I meant otk

  7. 7
    February 5th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    I’ve wanted to try over the knee boots but I feel like they would make me look shorter than I already am (i’m 5’1). I’m one of those people who always opts for heels for a night out because flat boots just make me look so tiny! Any short girls who wear otk boots, and how do you style them?

  8. 8
    February 5th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    annie! I’m 5’1 too
    I find it hard to wear them and only do it on more casual nights. I pair them with tights and a short tight skirt, with usually a looser top.. in a million combinations
    it seems to be the only combination that works for me so far!

  9. 9
    February 5th, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    woaaah soo freaky im actually wearing my over the knee boots tomorow for the first time and i planned the outfit already but this post is helpful !!! …

    AMAZING ….

  10. 10
    February 5th, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    I love all the outfits here, but I have lots of trouble finding boots that actually fit me.

  11. 11
    February 5th, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    THe 2nd outfit is my fave! i’m 5’2, but i think i might just give otk boots a try! :-)

  12. 12
    February 5th, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    I don’t think I’ll be trying over the knee boots since I’m very short and petite. But these outfits would all look good with knee high black boots for shorter girls I think.

  13. 13
    February 5th, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    I recently brought some amazing over the knee boots and was thinking of ways to wear them- so very well timed post :D

  14. 14
    February 5th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    I couldn’t afford to buy a pair of these right now… But I wear my black suede knee high boots with black thigh-high socks, comes to a similar kind of effect! And short girls really have no need to worry, they’re actually quite leg-lengthening, especially with a bit of a pinty toe :)

  15. 15
    February 5th, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Thank you guys for the feedback!

    Marisa: I had to wear them for a dance costume. We were GI-Janes (like in the military) & since I couldn’t dance full-out in my military boots, I had to buy some more flexible ones & I found a (cheaper) pair similar to these.

    Annie: I hear ya girl! I am only 5 feet tall, so I understand your concern. Personally, I don’t think they make me look shorter if I style them right, but if you are concerned with that, knee high boots are a good alternative too that give a similar effect (like Sam suggested). For me, the trick is proportions. Also, wearing something like black jeans or leggings with black boots will help elongate your legs by providing a continuous line of color.

  16. 16
    February 5th, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    I’m obsessed with this post, thanks so much! I love every single outfit, so simple, stylish, and realistic for college girls. :) Now I have a new pair of boots to lust after, but for now my leather riding boots will have to do.

  17. 17
    February 5th, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    I invested in a nice pair of over-the-knee boots for this winter and I love them! They’re from Piperlime, no heel, made of grey suede and go with everything. I always wear them with jeans and a cute top around campus (pretty much look #2 :D)

    I don’t know why people are concerned about over-the-knee boots making you look shorter. I think they make you look taller. I’m 5’4″ and they make my legs look like they stretch for miles! :)

  18. 18
    February 5th, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Love over-the-knee boots! I’ve always wanted to wear them, but was too afraid I’d look like a hooker! Thanks for the cute, non-hookerish, ideas!

  19. 19
    February 5th, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    I have some over-the-knee boots and wear them ALL the time — with jeans, skirts, dresses, etc. And I’m also short (5’2), and I don’t think they make me look any shorter than I am. However, I’ve worn mine so much the past two winters, I will probably need to replace them soon. :(

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    September 30th, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    I wonder you can sit wearing those. I got ones that had some buckles on the top, I could barely fold my legs :/ I never wore them. Over the knee shoes is painful if you are sitting …unless they are really soft, may be?

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