Since the late Victorian era, thigh-high boots have had a bit of a tumultuous history; every time they’re reclaimed for fashion, they fall into a more risqué category. We all remember Pretty Woman, right? It’s been challenging to abolish this stereotype, even with badass female such as Catwoman and Wonder Woman championing the boot for its armour-like vibe.
ABOUT THE BOOTS
Before jumping straight into styling, you have to consider a few elements of the boots themselves:
1. The heel denotes sensibility. Try to avoid a stiletto heel and instead opt for a block heel or flats. If you specifically want a stiletto heel, try to find ones that are lower than six inches!
2. Choosing between suede and leather is a matter of preference. Suede is easier to dress down than leather; however, you can take both from day to night.
3. Try to avoid buckles, laces, buttons and fringing. The simpler the better with this style of shoe, and if they aren’t too extravagant you’ll be able to get years of wear.
CORE STYLING TIPS
The easiest way to style thigh-high boots is either with shorts (or playsuits!) or jeans. Shorts create a cute and casual look, and jeans and can easily be taken from day to night simply by changing your top.
AIM FOR A-LINE
Avoid fitted skirts or dresses when wearing thigh-high boots and aim instead for A-line skirts of dresses. This will create a chic, feminine appearance.
Pairing black thigh-high boots with light or neutral tones tends to soften and modernise the overall outfit. Delicate colours or patterns (such as floral designs) also work really well.
The type of fabric worn with thigh-high boots is also very significant. Delicate and raw fabrics such as lace or cotton work best. Avoid wearing black leather if your boots are leather! Silk is also a fabric to avoid, depending on the style of the garment.
HAIR, MAKEUP AND ACCESSORIES
Try to keep your makeup neutral and your hair simple. The boots are the focal point of your outfit so an understated vibe will help draw attention to the right place.
Fine accessories and jewellery work seamlessly when styling. Their delicacy once again softens the blow of the boots and makes them more playful and fashionable.