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Over-the-knee boots - yay or whatwereyouthinking?

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chebella Tue 09-Aug-16 17:55:39

Hi, am easily influenced & impulse bought some black, flat, suede OTK boots (only 30quid though!). Are they a bit Too Much? A bit Panto/Principal Boy? FYI am 37, size 8 & have been trying to update/grow-up my wardrobe this year (mostly just COS, Other Stories etc.). Honesty welcomed as I suspect my partner will just smile & nod for fear of offence!

cheeseandmarmite15 Tue 09-Aug-16 18:52:13

You are slim enough but do need to be tall ish.

I don't think they work on short women.

chebella Tue 09-Aug-16 18:54:45

Feared as much! 5ft 3 is too wee isn't it? Thanks, btw.

NoJudgingPlease Tue 09-Aug-16 18:55:12

Have to be super slim and worn with a classic dress nothing else too skimpy or they look quite hooker ish.

GingerLDN Tue 09-Aug-16 18:57:31

They actually tend to suit me and I'm not tall. And I'm chubby. I think you have to have the right pair or wear with the right things. Experiment with your clothes and boots. That's a good guide cheese.

chebella Tue 09-Aug-16 18:57:48

Yes NoJudging I was thinking the same & hoping that the fact they are flat might offset any tendencies Of The Night.

NoJudgingPlease Tue 09-Aug-16 18:58:45

I don't think flat ones have the same "red light" feel to them.

chebella Tue 09-Aug-16 19:02:49

Ginger I think you're right that I need to experiment with my newish wardrobe & try out a few combos. I think I used to do this loads before kids & might be part of my lack of direction/confidence with 'new' looks. Determined to remedy this!

TheWombat Wed 10-Aug-16 09:09:57

I have some flat, suede ones. They are sooo comfortable! I think the trick is to make sure they cover the knee but no higher. I wear mine with skinnies and a slouchy jumper. Definitely no cleavage.

Im 5'8" and a size 10, but I don't think size matters if you keep the rest of your outfit quite classic.

These are like mine.

Statelychangers Wed 10-Aug-16 10:00:25

Loved the idea of them, hated the reality. I'm 5ft 9 size 10-12. See very few people rocking them.

BikeRunSki Wed 10-Aug-16 10:05:54

this might be helpful

chebella Wed 10-Aug-16 20:00:44

Ha ha bike that's the exact article that 'easily influenced' me into buying them!!

chebella Wed 10-Aug-16 20:03:48

the wombat they are exactly like mine apart from mine are black suede all round: weirdly enough I had 5mins playing around with clothes today & I struck on exactly the combination you suggested! Oversize slouchy knit with skinnier under them - the combo of tight/oversized keeps it the right side of red-light district (I hope!).

chebella Wed 10-Aug-16 20:04:01


chebella Wed 10-Aug-16 20:05:36

stately you are statuesque compared to me but have pretty much hit my concerns on the head:that maybe they fall into the nice-in-theory-but-crackers-in-reality wardrobe section...

Statelychangers Wed 10-Aug-16 20:19:26

Chebella it depends - I love how the guardian woman wears them with soft knits, but exposing thigh flesh is not something that appeals at my age - 45. I think otk boots look a bit Roxette when worn with skinny jeans...which is cool if you like that look but it's not for me.

crayfish Wed 10-Aug-16 20:26:05

Flat ones can be really nice, heeled ones on the other hand... 'Pretty Woman' territory I'm afraid.

Keep the rest of the outfit quite conservative and I think they will look nice!

chebella Wed 10-Aug-16 20:52:41

stately I think you're spot on re:thigh flesh regardless of age. It's a bit like exposing cleavage versus legs - one or t'other but maybe not both. I think thighs are fab but maybe not with a otk boot.

chebella Wed 10-Aug-16 20:56:30

crayfish yes! I'm thinking as long as they're flat & the vibe is either conservative or chilled... Goddamn it I'm keeping them! Thanks everyone!

islandtiare Wed 10-Aug-16 21:02:44

Oh I love otk boots but I'm only five foot one (and a half)

Am a size 8 but I'm too short for em aren't I sad

cheeseandmarmite15 Wed 10-Aug-16 21:04:12

I don't think you are too short to wear them.

HelenF35 Wed 10-Aug-16 21:04:18

I love mine. I am 5ft 8 but I am not skinny.

frikadela01 Wed 10-Aug-16 21:45:05

I love OTK boots and agree skinnes and a slouchy jumper is the way to go.
Just wish I could get some but they don't make them to fit tree trunks!

chebella Wed 10-Aug-16 21:47:12

islandtiare no! Merely petite! Join me in the small-but-booted community! I've decided I don't care & shall sally forth regardless - plus, 30quid for suede boots at ASOS are hard to resist (if you're weak like me!).

chebella Wed 10-Aug-16 21:48:38

helen I was surprised at how generous the ones I got are - no struggle to get on but maybe that bodes badly for longevity (pardon the pun)...

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