There’s a little rumor going around that knee high boots are out of style. But it’s just not true. These boots were made for walking. And you can definitely keep them and wear them. So let’s talk about why it’s a myth that your knee high boots should take a hike. And then I’ll share a few pointers for wearing them stylishly this winter.
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Knee high boots are a wardrobe staple, especially if you live in a colder climate and want to wear dresses or skirts. Wardrobe staples never go out of style. So saying that knee high boots are out of style is akin to proclaiming that sweaters or t-shirts are out of favor. Sure, certain silhouettes or heel structures will look more in vogue than others. But I don’t think we’ll ever see the day when knee high boots are completely a no-go. We just need them too much.
And I’m seeing every kind of knee high boot imaginable on the store websites right now. Although, granted, the pickings are slim, as many are selling out with the passing of the season. But yes, you can absolutely still wear your riding boots as well as your dressier versions. I’m not seeing as much of the over-the-knee boots as we did a few years ago, but they’re still available.
So why did we all hear that nasty rumor about knee high boots taking a hike? Because jean silhouettes have changed. As recently as last winter most of us were wearing skinny jeans almost exclusively. And, as I pointed out in this recent post, skinny jeans work great with riding and other knee high boots. Taller boots definitely saw more daylight when we were all sporting our skinnies every day.
But, while many of us are enjoying the new, more relaxed fit denim silhouettes, you can still wear your skinny jeans. They are not completely “out of style,” just less “of the moment.” And the skinny jeans still look great with tall boots.
You can also still enjoy wearing your tall boots with leggings…
dresses (especially sweater dresses!)…
and skirts. In fact, that’s where we’re going to land this discussion today. Because skirts are definitely trending in popularity this winter and beyond. Yes, you can expect to see skirts of all lengths and silhouettes this spring, summer and fall, too. And, at least while it’s cold outside, those skirts look fantastic with tall boots.
I wore this outfit last week when we dined at a nice restaurant in celebration of our 34th wedding anniversary. The outfit felt festive and feminine, but my black suede slouch boots kept me warm and toasty.
And, of course, those boots, also from Ann Taylor, sold out fast. I do love them because these are true slouch boots, meaning they don’t even zip. They just have a wide, flexible shaft so you can slip them on your foot and then they drape easily on your calf. Even my wide calves!
I really haven’t worn skirts in a long time. I usually find them hard to navigate for some reason. But realizing that they are really trending and having so many of my readers request that I feature them, I decided to buy a few. I purchased this pleated skirt, which is still available, and this other slip skirt, also available in limited sizes. I plan to show different ways to wear both silhouettes over the coming months, so I guess you could say this is the first in that series.
To keep the proportions right, I wore a cropped length cashmere cardigan with the midi length skirt and my knee high slouch boots. I’m wearing a v-neck camisole similar to this one under the cardigan for modesty. I did wear these tights, but you wouldn’t have to if you’re warm enough without them.
I finished the outfit off with pretty jewelry and my black faux fur collar coat. My coat is about 20 years old, but I have no plan to replace it. Like my boots, it’s a wardrobe essential. And it’s still in style!
So should you tell you knee high boots to take a hike? Absolutely not! Keep wearing them with your skinny jeans, if you choose. Wear them with leggings, if that’s your thing. And definitely wear them with your favorite winter dresses and skirts. You’ll be oh so in style! Oooh! And you can debunk that silly myth for all your gal pals, too. Tell them those boots are still made for walking!
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Simple kindness. It’s something we expect to receive from others on the regular, but we often fail to share it with others. Jesus taught us that kindness goes beyond just “live and let live.” To be kind means to do good toward someone, especially someone who cannot or will not repay…in kind.
How can we show kindness to those closest to us today? We can listen patiently, attentively. We can ask genuine, thoughtful questions, inviting them to share more. We can serve them first and gladly go last ourselves. We can speak gently and be patient. Regardless of whether the other person will show us kindness instead, we can remember that God is kind to us every day. And that will compel us to do unto others as we’d like to be treated ourselves.
So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. ~ Matthew 7:12