Gina's Take: Over-the-knee NOT over-the-hill

October 22, 2018


By Gina Ross

Oh, how I have changed.    My notion of age-appropriate continues to shift!   When it came to my personal style, I found myself in years past dismissing certain things because I thought I was too old, too petite, too this or that.    And as a result,  I would just not try out new ideas or styles.   But not today.  One of the greatest things that I have discovered in my journey at K. Renee is to be open to new style possibilities.



Let me give you one specific example.   Over-the-knee-boots.   Many women, myself included at one time, are left scratching their heads wondering 'Am I just too old to wear these? I don’t want to look foolish!'

As I mentioned, I resisted over-the-knee boots for quite some time.  I felt like they were a little too “young and sexy”  and I just couldn’t get the image of Captain Jack Sparrow out of my head. 

Then, one day, I wandered into our clothing store and decided to experiment with my style and challenge my paradigm.  I slipped on a pair of boots and paired them with just the right outfit.  I fell in love with the look and my legs.  Now, my many (yes, I have more than one pair) OTK boots have become my favorite Fall and Winter “go to” boot for just about any occasion.

What I learned was that no matter how young or old, petite or tall...wearing over-the-knee (OTK) boots has more to do with styling and proportion than age or size.

And yes, they can be a bit intimidating, but trust me next to diamonds… and maybe Spanx, they are a girl’s (especially one that isn’t as fond of her knees as she once was) best friend. So, here is what I have learned about how to wear the fantastic OTK boot...


Your First Pair

 My advice for your first pair is to keep it classic and comfortable.   Select a heel and upper boot height you are comfortable with.  If you have larger calves, you can get boots that have an elastic back panel, called 50/50 which create an extremely comfortable fit. For those of you with thinner legs, boots with a tie at the top can be tightened for a snug fit.




 A Long & Lean Silhouette

A classic black OTK is extremely versatile and when you wear them with a black legging they create this amazingly long and lean silhouette.    This is so beneficial to me being on the petite side of the height spectrum!    


Wearing leggings or tights that are the same color tone as any boot color (tan, grey, brown, or black) that you choose creates the look of elongated legs!  Yes. 


What to Wear Them With

When wearing OTK boots with a skirt or dress, the top of the boot can either just meet the bottom of the hemline or you can wear something a little shorter than you might otherwise.

Now, stop.   Don't disregard a short dress if you are a little older.  If you feel like a skirt or dress is a little too short, you can always wear a pair of opaque tights with your OTK boots to provide needed coverage.


Over-the-knee boots also look great with a long skirt that has a slit up the side or front… giving just a little peek of skin.

If you have great legs want to show them off just a bit, a good rule of thumb is to leave 3 to 5 inches of your bare leg showing between your boot and hem.  


As an alternative to legging and booties, pair over-the-knee boots with an oversized sweater for a slimming finished look.

My favorite way to wear over-the-knee boots is to pull them on over a pair of skinny jeans or leather leggings, throw on a beautiful blouse or sweater - and head out the door feeling fabulous and a few inches taller!  


These are actually my first (but not my last pair) of OTK boots!   


And, no... I don’t feel a bit like Captain Jack Sparrow!!

The moral of my story??    Don't be afraid to experiment with your personal style.     We create a safe environment at our clothing store to try something new and

to help you create the right proportions to pull it off...beautifully.   
Our stylists have worked with women of every age, shape, and height and are there to assist you in discovering new ways to be you.   I had a defined uniform of what I could and couldn't wear for too many years and I am now enjoying the freedom of breaking down old paradigms and finding the new and improved me...each and every day!


Well, that's my take!    Have a great week.