Can I Wear a Pencil Skirt With Knee-High Boots?

Pencil skirts and knee-high boots are a royal look.

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Pencil skirts are must-have items for women in the corporate world, and pairing those slim-fitting skirts with the right pair of shoes is the difference between being dressed for success and being targeted as a fashion failure. If you're tired of pairing your pencil skirts with standard pumps, expand your shoe horizons with a pair of knee-high boots. Those tall boots are just the right touch for your form-fitting skirts.

The Right Boot

Pulling off the pencil-skirt-with-boots look is all about pairing the right pair of boots with the right skirt. Knee-high boots come in either fitted or slouched styles. Fitted knee-high boots hug your calves and mimic the form-hugging shape of classic pencil skirts. Slouched knee-high boots have folds or creases and are distinctly more casual. Though slouched boots are one way to dress down a pencil skirt, another, more fitting option is to opt for a knee-high boot with a flat heel rather than a raised heel. For occasions when dressing up is necessary, stick to a skinny heel or even a subtle platform.

All About the Hemline

Pencil skirts might all share the same hip- and thigh-hugging shape, but they don't all strike the same hemline. Traditional pencil skirts are cut so that they sit above your hips and taper to just above your knee. If your skirt is the traditional type, a knee-high boot that is fitted and hits you just below your knee provides a suitable balance. Some pencil skirts fall slightly below the knee, and a knee-high boot that is also slightly below the knee prevents your lower body from looking bulky and over-dressed. If your skirt hits you above your knee, don't compensate with a boot that comes over your knee. The traditional knee-high boot balances the look while allowing a little more skin to show.

Keeping It Classy

If you're dressing for the office or a business-attire event, choose knee-high boots that complement your skirt without looking too daring. Avoid high-gloss material like highly reflective patent leather. Matte-finish material such as real leather or suede is a better boot option for the corporate world. Keep the heel of the boot reasonable. A flat boot is too casual, but a heel that is over 3 inches is over-the-top. Boots with minimal embellishments keep it professional and don't come off as too flashy. Opt for nylons that match either the color of your skin or the color of your boots.

Adding Some Sex Appeal

Knee-high boots that show off your shapely calves are a sexy complement to a pencil skirt that shows off your shapely hips and thighs. The same pencil skirt that you wear to the office can work double-duty as a date-appropriate nighttime look with a quick switch of your boots. A pair of snug-fitting knee-high boots with a skinny heel and pointed toe add some va-va-voom to your pencil-skirt look. Don't be afraid of a high-gloss material -- a little shine adds sex appeal. If you have a little peep of skin between the top of the boot and the hem of the skirt, go daring and skip the nylons, or opt for a patterned or fishnet nylon instead.

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