Beyonce rockin' it in OTKs [Getty]
For five winters in a row over-the-knee boots – or OTKs as we so fondly call them – have been popular on the runway. In reality we’re certain a percentage of snappy dressers still find such a piece daunting. Do you go heeled and bare-legged, armed and ready for the potential onslaught of Pretty Woman references? Or do you go flat and Pirate-like, layered over a jean, with some Kate Moss swagger?
This season they were used on the catwalks as a layering tool. Super-long OTKs reach well above the mid thigh at Celine, causing a seamless and uninterrupted stream of long leg. These slim-fit pull on boots are perfect for that job and will enable you to make more winter’s wear out of a pencil skirt, too.
Just yesterday Beyonce stepped out in a very decadent pair of thigh-highs, proving that this can not only be a warming wardrobe addition, but one that’s fresh and fun for the party circuit, too. Her bejewelled boots and cracking LBD may be a tad risqué for some (it’s the see-through factor of the frock that tips it into A-list territory only) but by sticking to one colour and not going OTT on the hair and makep front, Bey makes it work.If you don’t feel brave enough for Yonce’s interpretation of this fanciable footwear trend, there are other options on offer. Here’s three OTK formulas you can follow…
1. OTK-ATE MOSS
Keep it casual with a suede, low-heel version and pair with skinny jeans.
1. Tommy Hilfiger shirt at House Of Fraser. 2. Topshop jeans. 3. Mango blazer. 4. Stuart Weitzman boots. 5. Valentino boots at Saks Fifth Avenue.
2. OTK-OTT PARTY
Wear all black - with a dash of gold - and think about clashing textures, not styles. [Getty, Catwalking]
1. Maje dress at Net-A-Porter.com. 2. Jeffrey Campbell boots at Bloomingdales. 3. Jeffrey Campbell boots at NastyGal.com. 4. Antik Batik dress at Farfetch.com 5. Maria Lucia Hohan dress at Farfetch.com
3. LE CHIC OTK
Make like Carine Roitfeld and Celine in subdued tonal colours and soft fabrics. [Catwalking]
1. Gianvito Rossi boots at Shoescribe.com. 2. Band of Outsiders blouse at Net-A-Porter.com. 3. Topshop coat. 4. Dorothy Perkins skirt. 5. L'Autre Chose boots at Shoescribe.com. 6. Sergio Rossi boots at Stylebop.com