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Sunday, 8 November 2015

How to wear OTK boots, over 40 | Poppy red, with a french spin!

Wearing over-the-knee boots without looking cheap.

Styling a knitted dress without the frump factor.

Personally, I think over-the-knee boots are very tricky to wear.
There is no getting away from the fact that they are sexy, and can easily make even the most conservative of outfits look a little too much.
The look gets harder to pull off as we get older (sorry ladies, but it is true).
What was once fun and playful starts to look sad and desperate.
It is not fair!
Even the flat over-the-knee boots can look a bit cringe-worthy.
Add a heel, and you are in Pretty Woman territory...without the fairytale ending.
But I still want to wear mine!
How can I do it and still look like me?

Styling OTK boots with a french spin.

Wearing over-the-knee boots with a french spin | Fake fabulous

These boots are genuine vintage (early-90's to be exact).
I know this because I bought them! Way back in 1991.
My first wage was burning a hole in my pocket and these boots were £15.
Slashed in price because no one could get them on, too narrow.
Perfect for my skinny legs!
I used to go clubbing in these over-the-knee beauties (think black hot pants, a micro-mesh top and waist-length hennaed hair....Happy days).

I just had them resoled and re-heeled, last week, and they are like brand new boots again!
I love the vintage almond toe and the placement of the block heel.
They are fierce stomping boots.
Perfect for all night dancing, or all day shopping.

They have a fur lined turn-up which you can turn down for a different look....that sounds like an idea for another post!

Things to think about when choosing your OTK boots:

  • Fabric...Suede looks less sexy than patent leather, for example.
  • Colour... Tan or purple suede gives a soft look, red or black leather is bolder.
  • Heel height... Flat boots are slightly coy, spike heels give a different vibe!
  • Embellishment...tassels, buckles, laces, all change the look completely. Be careful you don't end up in pirate territory though.
  • Fit...Baggy is sloppy and falls down, skin tight and oozing is just awful. Keep searching until you find your perfect fit. 
  • Buy the best quality you can afford... cheap looks cheaper when it is up to your thigh!

These boots were the obvious partner for a knitted dress.

This dress was a charity shop find (a few years ago) and originally from French Connection... £140 new, if I recall correctly.
They were iconic (at the time) and every other shop jumped on the bandwagon soon afterwards, so I was super-smug about my £3.99 bargain!

Do you have a similar style in your wardrobe?

My husband says his granny had one almost identical as well (see this post about a similar comment on my vintage knit).
His granny sounds like quite the fashionista, of her day!

I have to agree with him, that this dress can look unflattering and frumpy.
The knit is unlined and clings to any lumps or bumps, highlighting underwear lines, seams and oozing flesh.
I wore a long sleeve lightweight polo neck under it, tucked into my opaque tights (not glam or sexy but well hidden) then a full length slip for the knit to skim over.
Adding a chunky woven belt gave some more interest and definition to my short waist.

So, this look has killed two birds with one stone.
Toning down the sexiness of the boots and the frumpiness of the dress.

Wearing over-the-knee boots with a french spin | Fake fabulous

My lady-like red coat was described as a Coatigan, and I don't think they were very popular.
I'm not sure why, as I love mine!
See how I wore it with a bargain-basement jumpsuit here.
I added this cute beret for that French-inspired chic.
The classic combination of black and red with a french twist always makes me think of Carrie Bradshaw in Paris.
I can dream, can't I?

Wearing over-the-knee boots with a french spin | Fake fabulous

My chunky necklace finished thing off nicely (I bought it in the summer and have worn it a lot...see it Here (at a wedding), here, here and here).

I am now on the lookout for my hero accessory of the winter...any Ideas??

Poppy red with a french spin | Fake fabulous

What do you think?

Do you love your OTK boots?

How do you wear yours?
Please share in the comments or tweet me @samantha4blair!

Dress: French Connection (bought in a charity shop) This one is similar.
Boots: Vintage Dolcis (I bought them in 1991) These ones are stunning.
Polo neck: Newlook (this is similar)
Necklace: Topshop (similar)
Coat: Boden (this one is stunning, this is nice too)
Belt: French connection (I searched and searched for something similar, but it was impossible!...this plain woven one is nice though)
Beret: Espirit (similar)

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  1. I had OTK boots in the early 90s, too. I wish I had kept them!!!

    I really like this outfit! You styled the dress perfectly! Good points about the right undergarments for a knit dress!

    1. Oh no Andrea! I hate it when that happens. I have given away (or donated) many items that I would love to have back....a leather kilt, lime green suede trousers...countless shoes! Boooo to that.
      However, it does means you can have a look for something new ;oD XXX

  2. ohhh, I'm loving that fabulous color combo (one of my favorites) and you look so elegant and chic!
    Lovely beret, amazing necklace, fabulous accessorizing!, and so wise to wear a slip under a knit dress!. Your boots look cool, but also elegant! You would look like a dancing queen in those boots and shorts!
    And love particularly your coatigan! everything is awesome, texture, shape and color!

    1. Thank you so much. What a fantastic compliment :oD. I am glad you like my colours here, such a classic but never tired. I love the dancing queen comment! Hahaha, yes...I danced all night! XXX

  3. The coat is a true dream. It blends so beautifully with the Autumn colours.
    Gorgeous indeed, dear Samantha

    1. Thank you very much! I love the colour of the leaves at this time...we have a storm brewing today though, so they will be gone by the morning :o( XXX

  4. Absolutely fantastic. Love the outfit and your tip for taming a knit dress. I do the same thing, layers and then a slip.

    You look gorgeous!

    1. Thank you Gracey. Layers then a slip over...I am glad it is not just me! Not the sexiest of undies but practical and comfortable. Better than shapewear any day! XXX

  5. Hey Samantha, great outfit, but I really think OTK boots ought to be shown off as such. With your amazing pins you could showcase these with a fab pair of shorts with thick tights - I'm throwing down the gauntlet. Come on girl, I think you can rock this!
    Anna xxx

    1. Oh Anna... you are naughty! I am now missing my tailored playsuit (that I threw out in a midlife crisis) and googling a new pair!! Shorts?? Yep, I like it.......I was trying to be a lady too :Op. XXX

    2. Am glad to see that Ann agrees with me. Now we will all have to wait to see how this goes...
      Well done for taking some constructive advice!
      Anna xxx

    3. Shorts all the way! I can't quote this, but I've seen that if you're gonna show skin in the legs then cover somewhere else a bit more. Take for example this post
      --I don't think I'm overtly gamine. I think it's still modest. Right? Please say yes! Now, short and strappy with cleavage--I'd say no to that no matter the age and figure. Well, ok, maybe Gizelle, and Karli, and Demi Moore. They have permission!

      Ok, now back to Kremb de la Kremb posting where if you visit in a bit, you will see another sampling of short with the otk boot! ;P A x

    4. Sooooo... there are two outfit pics of me with otk boos and rather short items on my blog right now! I need the emoticon with wide eyes! Here ya go.... OTK with Snake Shorts and Dress!!. What do you think?! ;P

    5. Oh, I love that chunky jumper, feather mini and OTK outfit....I am off to check out your snakesssssssss. XXX

  6. I agree that OTK boots can be tricky to wear but here, the whole outfit is a beautiful look on you Samantha, from top to toe. And the colours of the outfit are somehow very fitting for Remembrance weekend.
    The coat is such a fabulous fit on you.
    That necklace has been such a winner for you.

    1. Thank you Jacqueline...I do love a poppy and poppy-red too. I need a new "hero" piece of jewellry...on the look out! XXX

  7. Samantha, first things first! Your lips!! They are red--delicious red!! And they look marvelous.

    Now, on to the over the knee boots. I think this is the first time I disagree with you Sam. Is that ok? Or maybe I am just ignoring my age...or I don't know what, but I prefer to wear something short with my otk boots. I want them to be seen. I usually style them with something on the shorter side and feel that the boots compensate for the short hemline. It's as if the boot helps to cover up more skin, and I therefore feel safe. In fact, I just shot pics yesterday of a short hemline and my otk boots. (Stay tuned for that...)

    Hmmm, it feels odd to not agree with you, but that's ok right?

    At any rate, your styling is of course glamorous. And the story behind the boots is absolutely fantastic! Right on!! Thank you for linking up to my Style Story Link Up!

    Love, Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

    1. Ann, you are in agreement with Anna! You naughty ladies... I must must must be braver.
      Thank you for the lipstick cheer, I needed that boost :oD
      Of course you can disagree with me!! I love that you do.
      Disagreement means thank you.

    2. So, I just posted one--almost two versions that might make you go wild! No not really. I bet you'll be sportin' short soon. I mean you totally can! You got it girl! But anyway, please go look and tell me if you think you can relate k? OTK Boots and Such

  8. This is great advice about OTK boots, and how to shape them to your look. And I *love* that knit dress - a terrific thrifting find. xox


    1. Thank you Patti! I was trying to make two difficult items (for me, anyway) work. Although, I have been inspired to be a little braver.... XXX

  9. I think you look stunning in this outfit. Really, really good. The chunky heels are back, so you are in fashion again. OTK's are back too (check) and the dress, the way you wear it, is lovely and flattering. With that awesome red coat and the baret... yes indeed French. Especially with that cute face and hairstyle of yours.
    PS it may sound as too many compliments, but I am being sincere.

    1. Thank you Greetje. I did not doubt your sincerity!! hahaha. Comments are always great...complimentary or not. I am so glad you like it! XXX

  10. how does it look when you SIT, though? I wondered if the high tops would stick up oddly under your skirt. I hope that makes sense.

    1. Yes, that makes sense mto. My boots don't split at the back..their "join" is at the side so when sitting the boot opens up to show my knee and the skirt just sits normally (as a skirt would of this length). I do have to fluff my skirt up when standing again to sort it out, but I would have to do that anyway with this dress. I hope that all makes sense....thank you for your question, it is an important point. XXX

  11. Such a beautiful outfit! You look amazing!! OTK boots totally scare me haha, but I love the way you have styled yours!

    1. Thank you....they scare me a bit too! I need to be braver :oD XXX

  12. Sam, I have 3 pair of OTK boots, and I may be the one granny that will be wearing them. LOVE them!! You gave great tips and I love them. I still cant get over the 90s is vintage. I dont know why I only think of 20-70s as vintage, as I grew up in the 80s and it just seems funny to me. Hard to believe long ago ! I am in love with the red coat on you, vibrant and perfect color. Love the black and white as well. I have the same issue as I have thin legs, like you, I think your boots are a perfect fit!
    Enjoy the day!
    Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday
    jess xx

    1. I know what you mean Jess! I still feel 21 and my boots are not that old. But you see things for sale as "90's genuine vintage"....I thought vintage had to be 30 years or older. These boots are only 24-25 years old. Maybe they are just "old"? They sound cooler being vintage don't you think? XXX

  13. So beautiful, this look makes me think of romance in Paris.
    Thank you for linking up to "Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me"
    Rachel xo
    Garay Treasures

  14. Beautiful look Samantha, one of my favorite of yours. I have a pair of OKB boots that are flat and was thinking of adding a pair that has a heel.

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you Thursday.


    1. Thank you Alice. The heel makes me a little self conscious, a flat boot would be less "sexy" and therefore a little safer. OTK's make me nervous :oD XXX

  15. This coat is just fantastic!
    I'm also a preson who loves to waer bright colors and my red coat I found few years ago became oe of my true loves. Also love the mathing with the black OTK boots, something I do not have in my closet.



    1. Thank you Couns. Bright colours are great on a dull day, or to lift the mood...or just to fake a little confidence! That is why I love them. I am so glad you agree. I hope you find some OTK boots that suit you. I find it hard to get a good fit on the leg. Ted and Muffy do some in many sizes and legs widths...right down to my skinny malinky limbs! :oD Thank you for stopping by. XXX


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