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FASHION NOTES: HOW TO WEAR KNEE-HIGH BOOTS

03.11.15

There’s no denying that the right pair of boots is the ultimate winter investment, and this season sees the rise of the knee-high – a shape that’s been dominating every fashion-lover’s wishlist for the past few seasons. The key to mastering the look is in the styling. Whether you like to keep things simple or want to up the impact for evening, there’s a directive to suit. Take your cue from the style set to wear the season’s most coveted shoe around the clock.

THE JUMPER DRESS

The roll-neck stays in focus for AW15 and when spun to a longer silhouette, makes a modern alternative to the dress. Fashion blogger, The Golden Diamonds styles hers with bare legs and knee-high boots for a look that’s perfect between seasons and strikes the balance between stylish and sexy. Take your look from day to evening by choosing a mini cross-body bag to house your 18-hour essentials.

THE SLEEVELESS JACKET

Perhaps the most classic way to style over-the-knee boots is with a flippy mini skirt and tights. Feminine and enviably chic when done right, this look is all about proportion play. Reach for a long-line sleeveless jacket or a fluid trench to balance the mini length and master autumn’s penchant for layering. Monochrome hues exude sophistication and simplify an otherwise eye-catching combination.

THE PRINTED DRESS

Follow a rather more abstract styling directive by wearing black leather knee-high boots to toughen up a printed dress. Ideal for evening but equally as striking during the day, this look is modern contemporary at its best. We suggest adding a faux-fur coat or gilet to really glamourise the look, but keep hemlines longer than the knee to create a sleek silhouette that leaves a little mystery.

THE SKINNY JEANS

If black boots aren’t to your taste, opt for tan-brown leather. Considerably more suited to day than evening, they’re a sophisticated way to elevate your go-to skinny jeans. We suggest mixing up the colour palette and pulling them on over burgundy or grey-wash denim. A knitted poncho and a felt fedora will complete a considered combination and master daytime chic at its most relevant.

THE LONGLINE BLAZER

Smart-meets-casual styling is the simplest way to create a fashion-forward look and Mary Orton from Memorandum strikes the balance perfectly with her choice of separates. Her Reiss longline blazer and same-length shirt dress result in a polished look. Falling just above the knee, the blazer's length suits her boots perfectly, which in turn bring an element of fun to the overall aesthetic.