We absolutely love boots! We own way more pairs that Marie Kondo would approve of, but each and every one in our closet brings us joy.
So when a friend told us that she feared she might be too old for knee-high boots, we were perplexed. So we asked personal stylist Priya Virmani, owner of Privée by Priya, if women of a certain age can pull off knee-high boots, and she said, “The answer is a resounding yes — or more like a yasssss!”
The consensus among fashion experts is that when it comes to taller boots, it’s less about age and more about styling. Here are some tips if you’re feeling like you don’t quite know how to rock a tall style.
1. Make sure the boot fits.
It shouldn’t be too tight or too loose around your calf or thigh. “There are boots that are made with a little stretchy fabric, and that can help with the fit,” says Virmani.
2. Choose a neutral color.
Black or camel makes for a chic look that can be worn often. We can’t stop wearing a chocolate Western-inspired style or tall gray riding boots.
3. Pay attention to the heel.
And by that we mean be careful with spike heels on knee-high styles. Virmani recommends a flat or 2-inch block heel for night and day.
4. Style around the boot.
Knee-high and over-the-knee boots look great with pants or leggings. Virmani says, “Choose very fitted dark jeans or black leggings. For the top, choose an oversize sweater or blouse or consider pairing with a blazer. A long coat also pairs nicely.”
5. Keep it simple.
Knee-high boots are a statement in themselves. Don’t overdo it with accessories, Virmani cautions.
6. Watch your hemline.
If you want to wear tall boots with a dress or skirt, go for it! Let your hem fall anywhere from slightly over the top of the boot to no more than 5 inches above the top of the boot.
Virmani says, “A well-made boot is a closet essential. It’s timeless and ageless.” And the most important accessory to wear with any boot, knee-high, over-the-knee, or even combat boots, is confidence.