Bootie bootie bootie bootie rocking everywhere.. See what I did there 😉 Sometimes this legging-loving baseball mom actually wears something other than sweats. Hard to believe, I know. And it’s not often, but it’s occasional enough to dedicate a blog post to, so there’s that.
OTK (Over The Knee) Boots is a timeless trend you should have on your fashion-radar this fall and every fall. I look forward to this season every single year because I can start busting out my boots again.
I am an absolute BOOT JUNKIE. Ankle, mid-calf, flats, heeled, knee-height, OTK, you name it. I am definitely NOT a boot snob and will literally buy boots from any and everywhere if they’re cute! Even if it does take the occasional miracle to get me out of my sneakers. Small details.
Last year I decided to move outside my own comfort zone and buy my first ever pair of OTK boots. I then quickly followed it up with two more pairs. Ha. Chad gets SO excited when he sees the UPS guy show up at our door..
OTK Boots are great for ALL heights and body types. If you’re on the shorter side, they have a tendency to make your legs look a little longer and add some height. If you’re already tall, they help emphasize the length of your legs.
One thing I quickly learned about myself after buying my first three pairs of OTK boots is that I apparently have freakishly long legs. And I mean.. they’re not really all that super long. Granted, I am on the taller side (5’8″ pre-heels), but when wearing my OTK boots I discovered that my calves are like.. extra long. These OTK boots barely cover my knee caps! And I know it’s just me and not the boots because I’ve had my taller models from Harper & Sky try them on in the past (5’9″ and 5’10”) and they fit just like they’re supposed to!
Ahhh the struggle is real.
But regardless, I love the dang things. You can pretty much style them any number of ways; casual, chic, dressy, trendy, boho.. But to keep it simple, I’ve put together my 3 favorite ways you can rock this trend and style your OTK boots this fall!
Fall Trends: OTK Boots
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OTK Boots with Jeans
Doesn’t this make you want to sing.. “she had them apple bottom jeans, boots with the fur..” I mean – it’s not my vibe but it sure does bring back memories!
Rest assured, the outfit advice I’m going to give you does not include sequins, jewels, or fur. Sorry to disappoint.
You can never go wrong with throwing a big chunky sweater over a pair of skinny jeans. Add a big scarf, vest, or cute bag and you have an instant outfit.
I love this look no matter the shoe; you can pair with flats, ankle boots, or even cute sneakers, but, if you’re wanting to pep it up a bit – maybe you’re having brunch with the girls, a PTA meeting, or maybe you’re going to sneak away for an impromptu casual date night – then adding OTK boots will give your look a more sophisticated feel.
This look can easily be casual, or you can add accessories to make it more dressed up. It honestly works either way.
What to Wear With Over the Knee Boots for a Night Out
If you’re wanting to go for a more classic look, or something a bit more sophisticated or dressy, then I would recommend pairing a blouse (someone tell me I’m not the only person who still uses that word?) with your skinnies and OTKs. I’m obsessed with all clothes that are black, and all things floral; so this combination for me is usually on repeat.
The high neck top gives off that classic vibe (think pairing this with a darker lip shade or a bright red!) and the boots pick up on the lighter tones in the floral shades. Sadly this shirt is vintage Harper & Sky, but I found the most gorgeous Free People Vintage dupe that I might even dare to say I like better. You be the judge!
I also love the option of pairing higher boots with a shorter skirt. If it’s not super cold where you live or if you’re wanting to show a little leg, keep that as an option in the back of your mind but front of your closet, too.
How to Wear Over the Knee Boots: Office
This is one of my favorite outfits!! A little secret with a good sweater; you can pair it over a dress and make it seem like a skirt (although that’s not what I did here), or you can pair it with a really cute skirt and either tuck it in and blouse it out a bit, or leave over top!
You may recognize this sweater from two pictures ago; I always try to keep some of the same basic pieces for each look; because I’m a firm believer that your wardrobe only needs a handful of good staple items, and mixing and matching will give you outfits for days! (Notice I said *needs,* sometimes our wardrobe *wants* other things, too.
This is such a fun look that is so versatile for literally any event: pumpkin patch, event at your children’s’ school, date night, running errands, work, etc. Plus, it’s perfect for when the weather is still a little in between the end of summer hotness and fall coolness!
Other Tips to Keep in Mind
- If you’re going to tuck your sweater into your skirt and you’re worried that it might get too bunchy in the back, try tucking it into only the front (also known as the Mullet Tuck.. interesting, huh?)
- If it’s long and baggier, you could always try knotting it on the front side, but I would only do this if it’s a thinner/lighter material sweater
- Yes you CAN wear longer skirts that cover the top of your OTK boots, just make sure that your boots are more form-fitting and slim to your legs. Bulkier/looser fitting boots paired with skirts or dresses run the risk of making your outfit appear more sloppy and not quite as polished. Save the bulkier boots for going over top of leggings/jeans
- It’s perfectly fine to mix your browns and your blacks together. Whoever listed that as forbidden was clearly wrong. I have almost every shade of brown boot imaginable, and I pair them with all sorts of black clothes in the fall: dresses, leggings, black jeans, black sweaters, black hats, you name it, I pair it.