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Thigh-high boots are having their moment in the style spotlight this season. Here we round-up the most influential thigh-highs on the international catwalks, pick out our faves on the high street and show you how to master this rather tricky trend.
Thigh-high boots on the catwalks
The autumn/winter catwalks were teaming with pantomime-worthy thigh-high boots in every style and shade imaginable. From flat, stiletto and wedge to high-shine leather and PVC, the thigh was the limit. Prada’s 'waders’ – apparently inspired by the countryside – took sexy to new levels with the addition of waist belts and suspender-style buckled straps. Stella McCartney's more dominatrix-style thigh-high boots were skin-tight, needle-heeled and paired with silk shirt-dresses and blazers. Both Louis Vuitton and Christian Louboutin grabbed the fash pack’s attention with lace-up numbers – Louboutin’s trashy-chic in white and Vuitton’s platform-heeled for extra punch.
Thigh-high boots on the high street
The high street is brimming with affordable, wearable thigh-highs, so grab a pair or two and they’ll fast become the hardest working item in your autumn/winter wardrobe. Topshop’s covetable range of over-the-knee boots are selling like hot cakes and with so many on offer all you need to do is decide if you fancy oozing glamour puss-appeal with razor-sharp stilettos, going more countrified with flat and oh-so practical thigh-highs or kicking back with mean and moody buckled biker styles. Primark, Miss Selfridge and Office have a few flat thigh-high boots that are great for teenagers and Karen Millen have a slick brown suede pair that’ll scream sophistication (if your piggy bank will stretch to the £265 price tag).
Our style guide to wearing thigh-high boots
It might seem like a difficult trend to carry off but there are so many styles of thigh-high boot on the high street that there’s bound to be one that’s perfect for you. Just follow our simple style tips and you’ll be the most fashion-forward puss-in-boots in town. Here’s to letting the thigh-highs do the talking!
- Dress down thigh-high boots with denim. Cut-off shorts and opaque tights make them look more girly and less trashy and try-hard.
- Wear your thigh-high boots with leggings and a thick jersey dress or cosy long-length sweater for an edgy vibe.
- Create the illusion of longer legs with fitted thigh-high boots.
- Whatever you do don’t wear heeled thigh-highs with bare legs – stick to flats and you’ll keep the effect chic and stylish.
- Too much detailing is a no-go – the plainer the better and then your whole outfit makes a statement, not just the boots.
- Channel a boho vibe by pairing flat, suede thigh-high boots with a floral dress and accessorize with plenty of beads. A little innocence goes a long way to offsetting any vice.
- Take Vivienne Westwood’s lead and team your thigh-high boots with a simple, belted dress in a neutral shade.
- Make sure you’re armed with plenty of attitude. Thigh-high boots aren’t for shrinking violets.
- Avoid shiny leather or PVC styles – the Pretty Woman look is probably best left to the ‘80s and Julia Roberts.