Fall Trends: 4 (Petite-Friendly) Ways to Style Over The Knee Boots

casual fall outfit idea apple pear picking boston

Here in New England, apple picking gets all the love but my personal favorite has to be pear picking! We went for the first time last year and I couldn’t wait for the crisp, sweet and juicy pears to come back in season. Our favorite farm for this is Honey Pot Hill…their pear harvest might be dwindling down for the season, but I’d highly recommend it for next year, if you live in the Boston area!

dsw marc fisher over the knee otk boots

For today’s post, I’ve partnered with DSW to share styling ideas for one of my favorite Fall pieces: over-the-knee (OTK) boots! This particular pair I’m wearing is a good option for shorter women – the block heel is low & stable, and the shaft hits me right above the knees (for reference, I’m about 5 feet tall). A style like this is a great way to dip your toes into the trend if you’re not ready for the thigh-high styles yet.

fall outfit jcrew camel blazer nordstrom plaid blanket scarf

I often hear from petite women who shy away from OTK boots, but I personally find them to be flattering and leg-lengthening, not to mention warm. Here are 4 easy outfit ideas that I love for this style of boots:

1. For a chic cold-weather look, wear a simple tee or sweater dress that’s slightly shorter in length, so there’s at least an inch or so of gap between the top of the boot and the bottom hem of your dress. Add tights in the winter, and a long cardigan or jacket for a layered look. If your boots tend to slip downward against bare legs, try wearing thicker socks or leg-warmers inside of your boots to help create traction.

over the knee otk boots dress wrap jacket fall outfit

Marc Fisher boots (similar), Boohoo fleece wrap (similar and similar but heavier) + swing dress (similar), Baublebar necklace

2. For a cozy and weekend outfit, pair stretchy leggings with a longer tunic top, oversized sweater or poncho:

fall casual outfit anthropologie poncho sweater tall boots

Marc Fisher boots (similar), Vince Camuto leggings, Anthropologie poncho (4 similar options in this blog post)

3. For a casual everyday look, wear your OTK boots with tucked-in skinny jeans and a sweater or tee. I like using the zipper opening right by the ankle of the boots to reach in and pull down my jeans all the way and avoid bunchiness. For additional print and texture, layer a plaid shirt either underneath (letting the collar, sleeve cuffs, and bottom of the shirt peek out) or tie it around your waist.

fall outfit idea OTK boots cable sweater plaid shirt

Marc Fisher boots (similar), Rag & Bone jeans, Ann Taylor sweater (similar), Old Navy flannel shirt

4. For a super simple and quintessentially Fall outfit, pair your boots with dark jeans, a basic tee and soft patterned blanket scarf. Layer on a blazer for a preppy look like I did here:

fall style plaid blanket scarf white tee tall boots

These Marc Fisher boots come in four colors (I’m wearing the olive) and both regular and a wide calf fit. I get reader requests for extended calf just as much as narrow calf boots, and rarely see it offered in smaller sizes like these are. I have on the size 5.5 regular which are on the narrow side in the calf, with a looser fit on me in the lower thigh area due to a slit in the upper back shaft. Sizing feels true to size, and they were comfortable with no breaking in required. Here’s two other styles that I found at DSW, available in smaller sizes like 5+ and with narrower calf measurements:

Aldo faux suede heeled boots – Under $100, listed with 13″ calf and 22″ shaft height

Charles David flat faux suede boots – listed with 12″ calf and 21.5″ shaft height

fall fashion blazer blanket scarf over the knee tall boots

Here’s a Pinterest-friendly summary of my favorite looks from above!

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  1. Suha wrote:

    Hi Jean !
    I got these boots last December in black color, I loved them so much that I want to get them in the other colors now, my size is 35, which is not available at DSW anymore 🙁 . … do you know were can I get the Epic boots other than DSW and if they are not available anymore I found Marc Fisher Escape Boots on other websites, do you know if Escape boots are the same as EPIC ?

    Posted 8.7.17 Reply
  2. Heather wrote:

    I've been following your OTK suggestions for a couple of years now and have tried several of your recommendations. I finally landed on a pair that I plan to keep by Franco Sarto (they came in black when I purchased them). Reviewers noted tight calves and a too-short shaft height…just right for me at 5'2". Substantial feeling suede, reasonable height stacked heel for running around with my boys, and a rounded toe for a casual feel. For the price, they seem like a great value:http://m.shop.nordstrom.com/s/franco-sarto-kerri-over-the-knee-boot-women/4445125?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor;=MUSHROOM%20SUEDE

    Posted 12.31.16 Reply

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