Thursday, August 13, 2009

Thigh High

Thigh high boots -- holy crap, am I really this trendy? Well, it turns out that I am and I didn't even realize it until a few days ago. This is actually just my trusty pair of Modern Vintage boots that I've worn about a million times, only it recently dawned on me that I could flip up the folded cuffs and voila! I've got my very own pair of thigh high boots. I've had these suckers in my closet for a full 2 years, that's how ahead of the trends I am.

I wore this outfit for Girls' Night Out after yesterday's Libby Smith ensemble. As you can see, the only piece that carried over from day into evening was the vest. The real star of the show was the boots, of course, and I wanted to take a moment to elaborate on why I think a pair like this is a worthwhile investment.

This season it appears that thigh high boots are going to be all the rage, but before you run out and snap up a pair, it's worth considering how versatile they'll be once the trend dies down. I've seen very few pairs that are under the $200-300 range (and far more pairs that are well above it), and if you're going to drop that kind of coin on a pair of boots, it's worth having a style that won't look outdated after just one season. These Modern Vintage boots turned out to be ideal because the cuff can be worn in multiple positions: just below the knee, folded further down for a classic equestrian look, or flipped all the way up as I've shown here for an above-the-knee length. For me it was just a lucky break, but if you're in the market for thigh highs this season, you have an opportunity to make a solid investment with versatility and timelessness in mind. This is yet another way to avoid buyer's remorse!

Boots with foldable cuffs abound this season, but I thought I'd share a few of my picks from Amazon and Endless that I think would function well as either a cuffed equestrian or a sexy above-the-knee:

Pura Lopez L101-B, $398
Pour La Victoire Rena, $209

Apepazza Cagliari, $329
Via Spiga Brook, $256


WendyB said...

I've had some nice tall suede boots for about 5 years -- but I like to think of them as "over the knee" rather than "thigh high." I feel like "over the knee" has been around quite a while but suddenly the term is "thigh high" and everyone thinks it is new! Mine are Manolos...not exactly edgy!

Anonymous said...

They look fantastic, Audi. And you are SO ahead of your time.

I nabbed my pair from Amazon already, and they only set me back about $65. Real leather, too!

poet said...

... I was so ahead of my time when I had to wear my mom's huge pullovers and skinny pants - from the eighties, obviously - during high school in the late nineties. So ahead of my time that it hurt. Pretty ironic, isn't it? :) Anyway. Cool boots!


Anonymous said...

Good point about finding one that can do the presto-change-o.