Too hot to handle, some trends never get a look in, and for the sartorially sheepish over 30 set, thigh high boots are an instant no-go. With Pretty Woman connotations branded into our subconscious, there's no way we'd touch a thigh high boot – or would we?
We've shamelessly added them to our online shopping carts and lost our nerve at the last minute countless times, umm-ing and ahh-ing over the right style for our height, shape and dress size only to bow our heads in dismay and opt for a safer silhouette. But, since thigh-highs hit the catwalk in AW15 previews last year, the fashion pack have been doing a fine job of convincing us that we can strut our stuff in sexy garter skimming boots too.
Paired with knee length leather skirts and shirts
for the office, a chunky knit jumper dress and even, a sporty mini skirt, there's no denying the options are seemingly endless when it comes to styling seasonal suede boots for winter. Our favourite take on this seductive micro trend has to be a borrowed from the boys take championed by our effortless anti-style guru, Man Repeller's Leandra Medine.
A cool, casual look that helps balance the va-va-voom vibe of thigh highs, teaming menswear inspired separates with a pair of skinnies and an oversized chunky knit is a look that doesn't even flash an inch of flesh and leaves memories of patent, Julia Roberts-esque boots back in the fashion vaults where they belong. Instead of flashy leather boots, this season focuses on super suede, tonal colours that are sophisticated and demure in their simplicity.
A fashion front row look that will have people turning their heads for the right reasons, teaming thigh high suede boots with jeans is a look even the shyest of fashion wall flowers can pull off. Timeless and ageless, this chunky rib knit jumper from Rag & Bone is a winter warmer that pairs beautifully with the Acne Studios cashmere/wool blend biker jacket and Hepburn shirt for a textured and nude palette. Suited and booted with some super skinny jeans from Paige Denim and, the ultimate pair of suede over the knee boots from Sam Eledman, work the room in this fool proof daytime outfit.
Thanks to the stretch panelling on these suede boots, you can easily tuck them into a pair of jeans and they will fit any calf shape. A versatile piece ready to be styled with a multitude of looks when you feel comfortable enough to take the plunge, these classic boots are high enough to create a luscious long leg whilst still being totally comfortable with a sensible instep, gentle stiletto heel and just a hint of a platform sole.
Conquer your thigh high fears with this sartorially on point casual ensemble that pays tribute to the mighty micro trend without flashing any flesh!