And the Most Surprising Trend of the Summer Is…

Let's not kid ourselves—our fashion goals get sacrificed during summer for one crucial objective: to wear the least amount of clothing possible for any given situation. It's hot, and the more you layer on, the more likely you are to overheat, sweat, and feel generally just really uncomfortable.

But for a few brave souls, there's a cool (er, hot) summer trend worth road testing: thigh-high boots. Style stars like Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid have stepped out in a pair lately, proving you can wear over-the-knee boots during summer (there just may be a little leg sweat involved). From styling them with a slip dress for a night on the town to using them to dress up cutoffs and a tee, these looks will inspire you to give this surprising trend a try.

Read on to see how stars are making thigh-high boots work for summer, and then shop a few of our favourites.


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On Gigi Hadid: R13 coat; Schutz sandals.

On Kendall Jenner: August Getty Atelier jacket; Dylanlex necklace; Are You Am I Zillah Slip Dress; Are You Am I Rylie Baby Tee; Givenchy Bag; Balmain boots.

While Kendall Jenner styled her classic over-the-knee boots with a slinky slip dress, Gigi Hadid amended the trend by swapping in thigh-high sandals instead.


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On Hailey Baldwin: Houghton Melanie Coat (£1833); Fashion Nova dress; Kurt Geiger boots.

Hailey Baldwin kept things monochromatic, styling a black minidress and long silk duster coat with heeled black boots.


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On Rihanna: Vetements Black Leather Moto Jacket; Miu Miu sunglasses; Rihanna x Manolo Blahnik 9-to-5-Boots (£2950).

Rihanna made a major style statement, donning her ultra-tall denim boots with an oversize vintage tee.


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On Gigi Hadid: Versace bag; Karen Walker sunglasses.

Gigi let her statement boots shine, styling them with a white miniskirt, a black tee, and a black duster coat.

Related: Love, Want, Need: Balenciaga's Cult Boots Are Back


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On Bella Hadid: Moschino sweater.

Bella gave the lampshading trend a spin by styling her over-the-knee boots with an oversize sweater.


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On Kendall Jenner: Ray-Ban Round-Frame Sunglasses (£125); Janey Lopaty shirt; Re/Done Shorts (£134); Givenchy purse; Balmain boots.

Kendall instantly dressed up denim shorts and a simple tee by styling them with nude over-the-knee boots.


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On Miranda Kerr: Gucci dress; Hermès boots. 

For a more modest spin on the trend, Miranda Kerr styled a pair of leather over-the-knee boots with a long-sleeved floral dress.

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