Over the knee know how

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Over the knee (OTK) boots were all over the Fall 2009 catwalks overseas, so brace yourself for an onslaught. Styles range from stocking-like to trouser-like in appearance and thanks to height, clothing can be a lot less substantial.

The OTK boot does however require some careful styling.  This is a look that can quickly turn hooker-esque, channelling Vivian from Pretty Woman. Stay away from stiletto versions (keep those strictly for the bedroom) and above all keep clothing demure and pretty. No cut outs and body con please.


As with most things in fashion, it pays to be tall. The OTK boot is great on long lean legs (a no brainer), but shorter girls can still dive head first into knee high happiness. The crux of the matter is to avoid breaking up the body into segments, making for a dumpy silhouette. Keep tights or leggings the same colour as the boot which will create an illusion of length and stick to tunic tops or longer length mannish shirts on top. Steer clear of breaking up the body with cinch belts and instead add interest with texture (velvet or chunky knits), rather than lots of colour and prints.


My favourite look is flat, slightly slouchy OTK boots, paired with matching tights, a floral girly dress and a cardi. So lovely. I’m already dreaming up outfits to match the pair I saw at Country Road yesterday!

To find out more about Jenny and her store Friends with Jenny, visit her website, or email her.

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Jenny Russell is the founder of Friends with Jenny a fashion store that imports high street finds, but also stays proudly South African with a complement of some of South Africa’s best local talent. To find out more visit her website

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