As the weather starts to chill, we see stylish ladies in the world’s fashion hubs boot up. Although ankle-grazing booties are still popular, many fashion fans are taking their footwear to dramatic heights with thigh-high, over-the-knee boots.

Wearing an OTK (that’s industry shorthand) can initially seem daunting. Their sexy thigh-circling style might feel like too much for daywear or, for many, too much for any hour. Non-leggy ladies may also fear that their height will cause less-than-supermodel-length stems to seem squat. These are valid concerns, but we have a couple of tips to allay them.

How to Wear Over-the-Knee boots

Sofie Valkiers and Evangelie Smyrniotaki at Paris Fashion Week

A simple mini sheath dress is the easiest article of clothing to pair with extra-tall boots. These dresses keep things neat and short, allowing the boots to stand out, which they’ll do no matter what you wear. But by not overwhelming your look with too many layers or accessories, the boots act as an essential part of, rather than an excessive addition to, the outfit. Petite ladies will have the best success with this dress and boot combo.



Suki Waterhouse, Cara Delevingne and Clara Paget attend Glastonbury Festival on June 24, 2016 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)

Suki Waterhouse, Cara Delevingne and Clara Paget attend Glastonbury Festival on June 22, 2016, in Glastonbury, England.  Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images.

It’s almost tradition now—ever since Kate Moss was the first to be smart enough to slip on a pair of the rain boots with her teeny cutoffs in the ’90s, Hunter boots are the official footwear of Glastonbury. After all, the storied music festival gets muddy—and this year was thought by many to be the muckiest. But braving the elements is part of the fun, right?

In 2016, Moss’s kid sister, Lottie, was among the throngs of festivalgoers—along with Pixie Geldof, Alexa Chung, the Delevingne sisters—who did likewise. See our slideshow after the jump to watch how the style set handles puddles while the music plays on.



Alasdhair-Willis-0183[2]British brand Hunter has transitioned in recent years from complete dedication to functional rubber boots to mattering on fashion runways, and has done so largely under the creative directorship of Alasdhair Willis—the distinguished brand builder who happens to be wedded to Stella McCartney.

On the phone, Willis told us everything began to change for Hunter when Kate Moss wore Hunter Wellies to Glastonbury in 2005. Fashion capital accrued forthwith.

We talked about Hunter walking the tightrope of emphasizing heritage while avoiding calcification, how BLITZ magazine saved a young Willis’s life—and we finally learned once and for all who made the first wetsuits (spoiler: it was Hunter).

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Related: Hunter’s spring ’16 collection

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Skinny ankles? Extra-curvy calves? Buying boots—especially online—can sometimes feel like you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. No more: Our crack video team hooked up with our amazing in-house shoe experts to answer the question once and for all, and well, the headline pretty much says it all.



Harness your edgy side and chain up in these Via Spiga ‘Yolanda’ boots.


We have just two choice words for these Sam Edelman ‘Knox’ boots.

Rock. Stars.


Buckle up, this Nordstrom-exclusive Rachel Zoe ‘Claudia’ Boot is ready to take you for a ride. Snatch up your pair now during our Anniversary Sale for $299.90 ($495 after sale).


Sarah, our Personal Stylist Manager at South Coast Plaza (Costa Mesa, CA), took time during our busy Anniversary Sale to throw out her most-wanted Anniversary items.

Pour la Victoire ‘Prado’ Tote. This is a great bag for fall! It offers function and fashion at a fabulous price.

Stuart Weitzman ‘Accumulate’ Boot. The perfect blend of classic and tough makes this boot extremely versatile.

Zella ‘Live-In Leggings’. Every girl should own these. I wear mine with oversized sweaters and boots. The best part is, you can lose the boots, put on a Zella tee and head to yoga.

Truth & Pride Perforated Leather Biker Jacket. I am crazy about this leather jacket! It works so easily with other pieces, and its biker cut will rev up your fall wardrobe in an instant!

Paige ‘Skyline Skinny’ Jeans. I love the color of the denim and fit of these jeans. The soft grey is a fantastic neutral that will become your go-to bottom for fall.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Oversized Sunglasses. New sunnies are not a summer-only necessity; as the seasons change, so should your shades. This style pictured is the perfect way to break into a larger frame. Go for it!

Joan & David ‘Quimberly’ Pump. A playful-yet-chic pump is the perfect balance to fall’s knits and leather. Wear it to work with a pencil skirt for a sophisticated look, or rock skinny jeans and a leather jacket for a night out.

Vince Boatneck Tee. Premium basics are a wise choice. You need to have cozy, yet stylish, layering pieces to be ready for any kind of weather. Throw it on under a knit or a leather jacket—this tee can do it all!

Clarisonic Mia 2. This is my number-one beauty must-have! Your skin will glow, and you’ll get the most out of your products. This is a game-changer for your skin.

Rebecca Minkoff ‘M.A.C.’ Python-Embossed Crossbody Clutch. Python is a playful way to keep things neutral while adding texture.

Looking for even more recommendations for a perfect fall wardrobe? Contact Sarah or a Personal Stylist at a store near you to make a complimentary appointment.


Be the first to pre-order new and Nordstrom-exclusive styles from UGG® Australia.

UGG Australia® 'Leighton' Chukka and 'Channing' Boot

The fall 2011 collection is full of UGG’s signature flawless construction and materials with go-anywhere versatility and fashion-friendly updates, perfect for work and weekend.

For women, we love them all, but can’t stop being dazzled by ‘Bailey Sparkles’—what better boot to lounge in fireside come next ski season? ‘Aubree’ is all laced up and cute as it is comfortable, not to mention ‘Brienne’—a desert boot that was made to pair with your favorite maxi skirt.

For men, the ‘Chaucer’ oxford will have you looking smart at the office, or try on the ‘Leighton’ chukka with chinos and a dress shirt for a business-casual look that proves you’re not all work and no play. UGG’s also got you covered for rugged adventure (or at least rugged weather) with the waterproof ‘Butte’ duck boot.

And UGG didn’t forget the kids, with adorable colors and playful looks for younger members of the family.

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Meat Packing District: Kate

Kate works as Director of PR at Diane Von Furstenberg—imagine going to work at that fashion candy store every day! She describes her look as classic and simple with a focus on fun accessories like her Dior scarf. I love the pairing of her camel coat with her two-tone Celine platform boots.


Shop similar styles:
Camel Coats and Jackets | Platform and Wedge Boots | Black Skinny Denim and Leggings

Our Editor’s picks to recreate this look:

Calvin Klein Wool & Angora Wrap Coat

KORS Michael Kors 'Daze' Boot

J Brand 'Legging' Stretch Jeans Pitch Wash