Yesterday during our Facebook Live, someone asked for outfit ideas with over-the-knee boots, and happily that is a post I can easily create with looks from my archives! I actually have several pairs of OTK boots that I rotate depending on the look I’m going for, so I rounded up a few of my favorites here.
I love wearing over-the-knee boots. They instantly give a basic outfit a modern vibe, and they’re also warm, which is a plus!
I’ve been asked if shorter women can/should wear OTK boots, and I think most certainly can, but you may want to look for boots with a lower shaft height; they’re not all the same. Even at my 5’5″, I prefer the OTK boots that come just above the knee. I do have a pair that comes up higher, and for some reason they seem to emphasize my hips, so I have to be careful what tops I wear with them.
So here are some of my favorite winter over-the-knee boot outfits from the past few years.
7 Winter Outfit Ideas with Over-the-Knee Boots
#1. grey suede OTK boots + skinny jeans with tunic sweater
These grey suede over-the-knee boots have a 21″ shaft and and a 1″ heel, so they’re very comfortable. The shaft circumference also varies among OTK boots, and these are 14 1/4″ so they’re not as snug as some. If you have bigger calves and don’t like to wear heels, these are perfect for you! I wear them often with jeans and sweaters because they have a more casual vibe. I actually wore them on Sunday (you can see them on my Instagram.)
Also, these jeans are really good for $64, but definitely size down because they stretch some with wear.
#2. black suede OTK dress boots + tweed pencil skirt with classic sweater
I also like wearing OTK boots with dresses and skirts, and this outfit features a gorgeous tweed pencil skirt. I like how the OTK boots give a modern spin to this preppy classic.
These exact boots are discontinued, and only a few sizes are left at the Rack; I picked them up on an end-of-season sale last winter. I try to buy all my designer shoes and boots when they’re on a really good sale, but unfortunately that often means they’re being discontinued so I can’t link to the exact pair when I wear them in future years. Anyway! Any dressy black suede OTK boot works with this look.
Typically you want about an inch between the hem of the skirt and the top of the boot, but in this case mine just barely meet and I think that’s fine. The back of the boots have a lower shaft than the front, so they only meet in the front.
#3. brown suede OTK boots + skinny jeans and olive pullover
This outfit formula is the one I wear most often. Basically any of your skinny jeans with a sweater and OTK boots is going to make a cute, casual outfit.
These boots were a Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchase in 2017, but I found a few sizes left at Nordstrom Rack. I don’t wear these enough, mainly because the shade of brown doesn’t seem to compliment a lot of my wardrobe, but I’m probably over-thinking it. I definitely gravitate more to greys and black when it comes to my footwear.
I love the more casual lug sole, but I find the higher shaft and the snug fit to be a little harder to wear than some of my other styles.
Here’s a tip for wearing this style boot: I always wear crew socks over my skinny jeans to hold them in place when I pull these boots on, and I find cropped jeans work best because there is less material to contend with in the ankle area.
Stuart Weitzman Elevated Over the Knee Boots (more sizes; other options) // Madewell Northfield Mockneck Sweater // Paige Verdugo Crop Skinny Jeans (on sale here; similar for less) // necklace // earrings
#4. black leather OTK boots + colored denim with moto jacket and scarf
Here’s a blast from the past! I remember shooting this look with Paul and loving how this outfit turned out. Nothing in this picture is currently in stock, so I found some similar items to link.
#5. black leather OTK flat boots + skinny jeans with a classic crewneck sweater and a puffer vest
This was one of my most popular outfits last fall, and this leopard print puffer vest is still fully stocked. Any puffer vest would work, though. A solid color would be just as cute, and you can use any color combo that suits your fancy! A sweater with a puffer vest and skinny jeans looks great with ankle boots, and I wear a variation of that outfit a lot, but the OTK boots give it a little more pizzazz.
These particular boots are from last year, but they brought back a similar style with a slightly lower shaft. I like the leather because I can wear them in any type of weather, and the lug sole makes them easy to walk in. In fact, I wore these walking all over New York City a few weeks ago.
Blondo Olivia OTK boots (similar style) // leopard print puffer vest // Halogen crewneck cashmere sweater (similar option; budget option) // AG legging ankle jeans (more black skinny jeans) // double pearl pendant
#6. black suede OTK dress boots + sweater dress with or without tights
I love tall boots with a sweater dress, and you can wear this look with or without tights. Here is an example of OTK boots with a sweater dress and no tights.
#7. chestnut suede OTK boots + white jeans with a pullover sweater and plaid scarf
This outfit is several years old, but I thought it was fun to include one with white jeans. I always say the key to wearing white jeans for fall and winter is to make them look intentional by pairing them with colors and fabrics that speak to the season. This was fall, so I went with earth tones and cozy knits.
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