It happens every week – Friday! The most recent installment of Four Way Friday is here. This week it is all about the black knee-high boot. Check out this question I received earlier this week from a weary reader:
Dear Lessons In Style:
I really want to invest in a pair of black knee-high boots for fall and winter. There are so many options out there and I’m overwhelmed. And I want something classic. I don’t think I can pull off the over the knee look but I’m running into a lot of those boots at the stores and online. Please help!
Lost In A Sea Of Boots
Dear Lost At Sea No More:
First of all, if you want something classic, the over the knee boot look is not what you need (ahem, no Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman here). Unless you are a runway supermodel (Hey! You could be, I don’t know who all my readers are!) it’s a hard look to pull off and I don’t recommend going there. If you are looking for a clean, classic look, stick with a simple boot in leather or suede and a 3 inch or below heel. You will be most comfortable in these as they will allow you to wear them to work and play. If you want a more casual look, you can also go for a flat equestrian style. Oh! And don’t forget to treat your boots with a leather or suede protector. This is important to lengthen the life of your new investment. I recommend Kiwi Super Protector.
Now! Let’s look at some ways you can style your new boots. Because after all, that’s what Four Way Friday is all about, right? I take one piece and show you how to style it at least four ways, in four categories: Casual Work, Evening After Work, Casual Weekend, Dressy Weekend.
1) Black Knee-High Boot Casual-ish Work
You can easily substitute a flat boot for any of these looks. Keep in mind that a flat boot is generally more casual, so if you are looking for a dressier outfit for work, you will want to stick with the higher heel. Remember, keep it three inches or below! It’s hard to be taken seriously in a heel you can hardly walk in.
2) Black Knee-High Boots After Work
If you are going out after work but you don’t want to change your entire outfit, just bring one piece like a leather jacket or a statement necklace with you to switch up. Here you will see that I kept up most of the casual work outfit but only changed one or two elements. You might want to stay away from a flat boot for a night out because like I said above, it does look more casual.
3) Black Knee-High Boots Casual-ish Weekend
Admittedly these are a little dressier than my typical recommendations for a casual weekend look. Once again, you could add a flat boot to give off a more casual vibe.
4) Black Knee-High Boots Dressy Weekend
This is running a close first for my favorite Four Way Friday Dressy Weekend look yet. I really want the dress on the far right and the purse from the third outfit. Who’s gonna buy them for me???
Don’t know where to shop for your new boots?
I was a huge fan of endless.com but they were recently bought by Amazon. Check out the new shop here: Amazonendless
Macy’s also has a great selection this year.
Until next Friday! And if you missed my other Four Way Friday installments here are some quick links: