In the world of boots, the over-the-knee iteration is often considered the most intimidating. Between knowing what hemlines to wear with them to figuring out how to wear them with jeans, it’s enough to make someone just avoid the style altogether and just put on a pair of ankle boots again. But since that would be a shame, we thought we’d go over some general guidelines we’ve gathered from studying how our favorite celebrities and It girls wear over-the-knee boots so well. If you haven’t yet conquered the popular statement shoe style, scroll down to read our dos and don’ts, check out how everyone from Emily Ratajkowski to Kate Bosworth wears them, and shop some of our favorite styles.
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Dress up your favorite shirtdress with stand out over-the-knee boots just like Lily Aldridge. We’re inspired.
On Lily Aldridge: Michael Kors dress
Chrissy Teigen’s long coat makes a statement, and the over-the-knee boots and skinny jeans complement it and make for the perfect chic silhouette.
Let your boots peak out under a long dress for a covered-up yet interesting look.
On Emily Ratajkowski: Altuzarra top, skirt, and boots; Marli hand chain
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This long coat paired with the tall boots is the perfect subtle look. The boots don’t stand out too much, but they’re also not drowned out by the rest of the look.
On Julia Restoin Roitfeld: Gabriela Cadena dress
These Stuart Weitzman boots are a classic. Just the right height, they won’t cut off the natural line of your legs.
On Kate Bosworth: Stuart Weitzman boots
A pair of bold boots and a simple dress is the perfect outfit combination.
On Chiara Ferragni: Dior boots, dress, and bag
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Pair your boots with an oversize blazer worn as a dress for a sultry evening look.
On Roberta Ruiu: Fausto Puglisi dress and boots
Shop our favorite over-the-knee boots:
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.