Wearing Thigh High Boots Without Looking Trashy

Let’s start by giving credit where credit’s due…When it comes to over-the-knee footwear, Julia Roberts in “Pretty Woman” deserves all the glory. Who could forget her star making turn as hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold Vivian Ward, who meets the man of her dreams while rocking patent leather thigh high boots? Now that that’s settled, let’s talk about today’s take on the thigh high trend, which offers a little less flash, a lot less trash, and some major style points for those who dare.

1. Keep your clothes loose. No matter how you slice it, thigh high boots add a serious dash of sex appeal, and it is for this reason you can rock an otherwise less than figure flattering dress, like a boxy shift or oversized shapeless sweater, which balances the inherent sexiness of the shoe style.

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2. Dark on bottom, layered on top. If your thigh high boots are skin tight, be sure to wear them with opaque tights or leggings, which leaves you plenty of room to add volume and texture on top. Add color, play with layers, or throw on a bright statement bag.

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3. Stay true to the hue. By working a monochromatic look with your thigh highs, you draw attention away from the severity of the style, and add a subtle touch of high fashion drama without screaming it from the rooftops.

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4. Sock hop. Want to test the waters a bit before you dive in whole hog? Invest in a pair of over-the-knee socks and pair them with knee high boots of the same color. Throw on a skirt or dress that flashes just a sliver of thigh or layer on a loose cardigan.

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5. Short skirt, long coat. Overcoats and long trench coats do wonders for thigh high boots, letting you rock all sorts of short, tight, sexy bottoms if you want to, all the while letting the long cut of the coat slim the look. Just be sure that if you are going tight on the bottom, keep things looser on the top.

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Inspiration from Pinterest.

The Statement Jacket ~

I am always in favor of making a statement with my outfits!!  Statement necklaces, statement earrings, statement shoes, statement pants…..and so on.  But there is something about a statement jacket that just pulls an entire outfit together.  I can throw it over my jeans and a t-shirt and look put together without feeling overdressed.   I can add it over a dress with some cute booties and be ready for a chilly evening out with friends.  It is just the perfect addition to almost any outfit.  Here are some of my favorite looks:

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Inspiration from Pinterest.

Ways to Wear Houndstooth

If you are looking for a print pattern that is not too bold or loud in any way to add to your fall and winter wardrobe, you might want to consider going for the houndstooth. Houndstooth print has always been popular during the colder seasons like fall and winter. In fact, you could almost say that the houndstooth print is the staple print of fall and winter just like how florals are for spring and summer. The classic houndstooth print is made of black and white jagged checks and this is great for adding a chic and sophisticated touch to your look. If you like colors, though, you can also get them in other hues though most of the time, it’s a combination of black and a bright color. Anyway, if you are looking for  ideas on how to wear houndstooth, check out these outfits below.

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Inspiration from Pinterest.

Want Your Pants to Hang Perfectly?

Did you know if you sew a coin inside your pant’s hem they will hang perfectly?  This little clothing hack is actually inspired by Coco Chanel. She used to sew small chains inside the sleeves of her jackets to ensure they hung flawlessly.  You can easily recreate this trick by sewing in a small coin to the hem of your pants to make them hang perfectly straight for that impeccably tailored look. You can also buy special sewing weights at the store, but using coins saves you a trip.

Sweaters ~

The sweater is one of my most favorite pieces of clothing for fall and winter. They go with everything from jeans, skirts to pants.  Check out this list of must have sweaters, which can be worn for almost every occasion.

White Turtleneck ~

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V-Neck Lace Sweater ~

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Grey Oversized Sweater ~

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Black Sweater ~

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Red Cable Knit Sweater ~

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Autumn Colored Sweater ~

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Inspiration from Pinterest.

 

 

Change of Seasons ~ Closet Declutter

Cleaning out your closet can seem like a daunting task. Getting rid of your clothes, even if you have not worn them in years is not easy. If crop tops, fringe, chokers and and full-on tracksuits can become trendy again, so can that bandage dress you bought in 2005, right?  But sometimes you just need to let things go, and there is nothing like a good closet purge to give you and your style a fresh start for the year ahead. Not sure where to start? I have some tips for you.

The items you want to keep in your closet are staples and basics, or the everyday pieces you can incorporate with those trendy items that happen throughout each season.  When you are looking at your closet and debating what to get rid of, take a good look at what you are working with to determine which pieces are “seasonless”.  For example, denim,  collared button ups, plain sweaters, T-shirts, and tank tops are all items that will not really go out of style.  Other items that are great to keep are layering pieces like thinner turtlenecks or long sleeve T-shirts that are can be worn under dresses or tank tops.  Layering can add interest and texture to any outfit.  A classic leather (or faux leather) jacket is another closet staples to keep.

Once you have decided on the things worth keeping, it is time to start purging.  Things you should purge are those crazy pieces you only worn three times in your lifetime, and have been sitting in the back of my closet taking up space.  If you have not worn it in the past year, ditch it.  Finally, if you are holding on to clothes that do not make you feel great when you wear them, it is definitely good idea to let go of them. Wearing clothes that actually make you feel strong and confident can make a big difference when you are out the door.   You should feel confident in your clothes!  Now that you are equipped with some tips, go forth and clean that closet.