AW09 Ready To Wear Catwalk images, clockwise from top right: Yigal Azrouel, Gucci, Rodart, Marc Jacobs, Halston, Alexander McQueen.
How to wear…
The dilemma with this season’s thigh-high boot trend is that if you go with the high-heeled version, your risking looking like you may charge by the hour; a flat version, you’re risking looking like the stand-in for Dick Whittington at the Gaiety Christmas Panto. Needless to say, neither of these are good looks. When I saw the pictures of Kelly Rowland in Dublin last week, the last thing I thought was that the boots looked wrong, in fact they looked incredible, but they were Gucci and she is stunning. It convinced me however that thigh high boots with high heels can create looks that are chic and if I am going to go thigh highs the heels would have to be high too.
Pulling the look off: L-R Hayden Panettiere, Anne Hathaway as Andy in the Devil Wears Prada, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Kate Moss.
It’s not like it’s a new trend either, remember when Anne Hathaway’s character, Andy, made herself over in The Devil Wears Prada. She appeared head to toe or rather hip to toe in Chanel as we all drooled? That was three years ago, and still the trend is almost taboo, so how are women of the average variety expected to pull this look off? Here are my top tips:
COVER UP: For starters, remember the golden rule, legs or cleavage. You won’t find a look that’s more about the legs this season than this one so keep, chest, décolletage, shoulders and even arms covered up to keep the look chic instead of trashy. This look, really only works with either a short skirt or very fitted jeans, a la Kate Moss, so bear that in mind when you are choosing your outfit. I would also say that if your legs aren’t tanned and toned, definitely consider wearing tights if you are going with the mini skirt option.
WEAR THEM FOR WARMTH: There’s a reason all these ladies (pictured above) are wearing them with coats, full leg leather / pleather is going to keep your legs really warm. Hooray! Fabulous and functional but, don’t think about wearing for a night on the tiles. Hit the dance floor after a few scoops in these bad boys and people will think that Stringfellows has re-opened in Dublin.
TRY ON DIFFERENT STYLES: The trick is that when you try a pair on in-store look at how the boots sit on your thighs. If they are too tight they will dig in and create a kind of muffin top on either leg. So try different styles to get the best fit. The flat styles seems to be a little looser at the top, where the high-heeled versions more fitted bear this in mind when experimenting as it may help you decide. Though, the Urban Outfitters version are slouchy around the knee even though they have a high heel and platform, plus the studs stop them from looking too pantomime and more on-trend.
SAVE UP FOR A DECENT PAIR: Unfortunately, it seems that for a decent pair of thigh-high boots you are looking to pay way over €150. Even these Topshop ones are looking to be around €300. The Penney’s ones are about €35 and if they do happen to fit well will be an absolute steal even if they are pleather. The thing is that because they are cheap and cheerful you run the risk of your whole outfit looking the same. Instead, try teaming the boots with some good quality pieces that you already have in your wardrobe; think silk, cashmere, wool and crepe rather than cheaper jersey or polyester fabrics.
ATTITUDE: Lastly, you need a huge helping of confidence because you are going to get ALOT of attention in these boots, full stop.
Boots to Buy: Left – Right. Over the knee boot €35 Penney’s (Primark); Emanuel Ungaro Stretch Thigh High Boots €980 net-a-porter.com; Unique high leg boot £225 Topshop; Zigi Studded over the knee boot £150 Urban Outfitters.
Catwalk shots courtesy of style.com