#WhatI Wear: tunic+fringe boot

CMA week has come and nearly gone and it was HOT. I mean 70+ degree weather all week…which for this summer loving gal was a welcome change (especially after the chilly temps on the road last week in Illinois…brrr.) But since we have this little respite from the cooler temperatures, I thought I’d show you how I’ve styled one of the hottest trends this fall: tall, thigh high boots. This look is season appropriate, but the skin and tunic make it  really work for the occasional wave of milder temperatures. If you’re somewhere that’s already quite chilly just wear this with a great coat, or long vest.

The over-the knee boot trend can be a bit tricky so here are some some general rules:

  1. Balance boots with clothing that is covered up…as in don’t wear them with a sleeveless mini-dress. So make sure your clothing has a high neck, or sleeves, or a longer layer like a slouchy duster or vest.
  2. Pay attention to the fit of the boot at your knee. If it’s too tight  at your thigh it’ll make your leg look a little strangled, or heavier than it actually is. Too loose, looks sloppy and may not stay in place properly.
  3.  Contrast loose, and tight layers. Don’t wear a thigh high boot with a skin tight dress, or if you are doing a body-con look use a layering piece (vest, cardigan, jacket) otherwise, the look can read a little “call girl.” Shoot for more of a boho, than an overtly sexy feel.

For some completely drool-worthy over-the-knee boots here’s Elle’s slideshow on the trend.

Now, the boots I’m wearing for this look are technically at the knee, not over it, and they’re not new this season. I LOVE a deal and I got these a couple years ago from UAL (United Apparel Liquidators)–which sells designer apparel at 70+ % off retail prices, and is one of the best kept fashion secrets in the south. They have locations in Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas. I found these LOUBOUTIN fringe boots at 85% off. (Insert heart-eye emoji here.)

My granny’s necklace that she brought back from her time in the service during WWII in North Africa. AND I love these tassels–they’re whimsical and cool.

I wear this ring all the time. It’s bold, but somehow it kinda goes with everything. I also find that a substantial piece like these really works on stage, because stage jewelry has to translate at a distance.

Have you tried the tall or over-the knee boot trend? Tweet me your photos @kelleighbannen, so I can see how you styled them. Until next week….XO

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