Over the knee boots are arguably the fashion item most burdened with divisive interpretations of female sexuality. Pretty Woman, I suspect, has a lot to do with this. To many, over the knee boots are a sign of wantonness, an invitation perhaps. To others, they are a way to communicate empowerment, femininity and confidence. To me, I imagine they might be the footwear equivalent of the love drug; wearing them requires me to overcome inhibitions, and accept the possibility of being judged by others.
As a tall girl, this debate has always been theoretical. I own a pair of Stuart Weitzman “over the knee” boots, but in reality, as beautiful as they are, they are really only knee-high boots. Until now, the concept of owning a pair of boots which reached a considerable distance up my femurs seemed farfetched.
When it comes to specialist items, such as over the knee boots, it makes sense to look to the tall specialists unless you are prepared to fork out on bespoke attire. These Lexie boots by Long Tall Sally are striking on and, most importantly, they stay up comfortably without any hoiking required. The faux-suede material (convincing enough) is a little on the thin side, so I do wonder about longevity, but shoes get a good run for their money in my life so watch this space!
We’ve never been a huge fan of boots over trousers – too Pony Camp for HøF (nothing against Pony Camp, of course – I love Jilly Cooper as much as the next girl) – so I wanted to pair the boots with a dress or a skirt which would show just enough skin.
HøF loves to mix designer and high street because we believe that outfits should be aspirational yet achievable. The perfect companion to the boots was this ink blue, elegant, silk shift dress from Joseph, perhaps one of my most successful purchases from Brandalley. If you’re not already signed up, it’s a fantastic way to discover great bargains from designers who don’t like to discount. The dress is made from a luxurious, weighty, matt silk, and helpfully comes with a belt that can be tied at your natural waist. If you’ve missed the Brandalley boat, you can find something similar by Equipment.
The beautiful ochre coloured bag is from Accessorize but with this outfit it could be from Mulberry. That’s the beauty of good styling – it makes your cheaper items look expensive.
As for the over the knee boot debate, I know which camp I stand in. I feel like I can take on the world in this outfit, but I think I’ll just start with lunch.
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