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Stuart Weitzman All Jill black suede OTK boot, $785; Main & Taylor

Dear ShoeGirl,

I love the look of over the knee (OTK) boots but I am in my mid-40s and not sure the best way to wear them. I don’t want to look like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. Please help!

Sincerely,

Boot Baffled


Dear Boot Baffled,

My favorite way to see OTK boots is with a dress, which hits a few inches above the top of the boot. A peek of bare skin is ideal. Personally, I love a sheer tight or textured hosiery showing, too… especially when it’s cold or you don’t want to embrace your winter skin. Suede is the ideal boot material and many are made of stretch suede, which guarantees a better fit. A charming tie in the back has become a staple feature of OTK boots. If you’re looking to pair them with denim then I like a like a looser fit in the boot or a more casual style (flat or wedge). This is where the leather OTK really shines. However you wear it, it’s all about the boot so keep the rest of the look simple and a think about a little coverage (long sleeves and no low V-neck). Coats look fabulous with OTK boots for a clean streamlined look. Black is, of course, the no-brainer buy but the taupe shades are a personal favorite of mine and are perfect for more transitional looks.

OTK does not work with everything. It is not the “go-to” boot in your closet but it definitely lets us channel our supermodel vibe and now that it has been a fashion statement for the last three years, it doesn’t feel like a trend but rather a staple. OTK can be very classy and dressy, and it can also be fun, casual and provide a little bit of an edge to your look.

The mirror is your friend here! If you don’t feel comfortable when the outfit is all put together, then don’t do it. But don’t be intimidated! You may have to try several styles to get the right fit, height and look that matches with your style, but we see our customers are coming back for a second pair after they find they are loving their first. OTK isn’t going anywhere so while it’s okay to be late to the party… you may not want to miss it!

Diane Chinnis, Main & Taylor, mainandtaylorshoes.com

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