If you’ve ever seen Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, you might say that over-the-knee boots are too sexy for the everyday, but in 2015 that's considered an old-school way of thinking. Today, the shoe is completely wearable, so much so that celebrities, like Rihanna and Gigi Hadid have been sporting the once-challenging boot with aplomb. The thigh-high style is a must-have for fall (extra warmth!), so learn how to don yours like an It-girl—think capes, monochromatic looks, and more. Here, we show you how.
1. Dial Up the Drama
Here, Rita Ora played up the boots' inherent dramatic quality with a badass beaded blazer and fishnets. Why not go all out?
2. Amp Up Their Sex Appeal
Emily Ratajkowski complemented her high-slit Altuzarra dress with equally sexy boots that showed off the style's full appeal—a great idea for a holiday party outfit.
3. Play With Volume
Rihanna treated her pair as pants when she styled them with nothing other than a pink cape coat. The leg-hugging style lets her topper be the star of the show.
4. Dress Up a Day Dress
Not all dresses are created equal, but you can easily take one from day to night with over-the-knee boots. Jaime King’s sweet cream number is transformed by her footwear.
5. Treat Your Boots Like Tights
On a chilly fall day, Gigi Hadid swapped standard tights for over-the-knee boots that she paired with an Ann Taylor sweater dress and winter coat. The head-to-toe black look creates one lean, long line.
6. Go For Mod
Perhaps the easiest way to wear thigh-high boots is with a swingy, mod mini dress. Jessica Alba juxtaposed an all-black pair with a graphic frock for her own Twiggy-like moment.