AJ Wears :: Tall Boots

What up! Happy hump day to all of the camels out there. In your honor, I'm wearing camel colored boots. Actually, what happened was, these literally came in the mail today and I put them on and walked out of the house.


I mean, muy fabu, oui? I've been crushing on Brooklyn Blonde's Balenciaga over-the-knee boots pretty hard lately, so I had a little ShoeDazzle credit and decided to give these a shot. They're surprisingly wearable in real life, not too shiny, and pretty comfortable. I know not everyone is a OTK fan (formerly known as thigh-high and hooker boots, respectively) but I bought my first pair back in 2007 off of eBay. Let's just say...those have gone to a better place now that the more fashionable retailers have started creating over-the-knee looks. They were probably embarrassing, now that I think about it.


My tips for shopping for over-the-knee boots (and avoiding a Pretty Woman comparison) are as follows ::

1. Nothing shiny. Not only does shiny look cheaper, it translates straight hooker, especially in black! If you're going to choose black, go with suede. It's slouchy-ness will give off a cooler vibe without looking trashy. I love wearing black OTK boots over tights or leggings for a less obvious statement. (these from Asos are pretty inoffensive, here's a cheap version)

2. If you're feeling less adventurous, try a flat one! Flat boots are more versatile and less dressy, so you'll be able to wear them without turning heads (for bad reasons, anyway - combine the rules with this pair!)

3. Pick a color. Black is clearly going to be associated with that Pretty Woman vibe the most, so branch out and look for something in cognac or grey (these are awesome from Macy's!)

4. Finally - things to avoid - too much platform. It might be difficult to find something without a platform right now (they're very on trend) but don't let it creep up too high or you'll be asked where the Champagne Room is. I'd be careful with the heels, too. Nothing too high, too chunky, or too plastic.

Boots, Avery by ShoeDazzle.
Top, Love 21 (Similar color, Fun layers).
Bag, Midtown by JustFab.

Take One, Day 2 :: Tribal Cardigan

It's day two of the Take One, Pass it On challenge, ie the first actual interesting day. I may have eluded to using this cardigan again...and I did. I let it hang loose over a dress and some leggings and it was the perfect mall outfit. And how weird is it that I have a scarf the same color as this dress? And if you're wondering why my legs look kind of elephanty, that's because I finished the outfit off with flat over-the-knee boots.

Sweater, Urban Outfitters.
Dress, Forever 21.
Scarf......
Bag, JustFab.
Boots, Some weird store in McCain Mall.

What I Wore :: Seeing Stars

Over-the-knee boots before noon? Let's discuss. On the one hand, they're hard to wear without giving off that fresh hooker vibe (we can thank Pretty Woman for that). On the other hand, something about an extra tall boot over bright tights makes me feel like a fashion super hero.

 I blame Devil Wears Prada for making me fall for over-the-knee boots. That scene where Anne Hathaway goes from mild to wild is so clutch. The thigh high boot is not for the faint of heart - Expect weird looks. Possible whispers. Even a little seriously misplaced disapproval. But hold your head high, jaywalk through traffic, and pretend like you're just visiting town from NYC. That's what Beyonce would do (WWBD? LIVE IT).

Today's ensemble went to Target, followed by brunch at The House (my personal favorite brunch in LR). Never be afraid to rock a bold outfit for a seemingly normal day. It makes things a little more interesting. And if all else fails, just save the boots for Halloween. But what a shame that would be.

PS - when choosing an over-the-knee boot, there are a slew of options to consider. Black is safest, suede is much more tame than leather. Flat invites less looks than heels. And a little bit of slouch can actually make the boot look less trashy, in my opinion. And for the love of all that is good and holy, don't go for anything with a major platform. Even the Spice Girls would not approve.


Tunic, Zara.
Jacket, Forever 21.
Tights, The Limited.
Boots, JustFab. (similar, love these!)