They’re among royalty in the fascinating world of shoes, they’re sexy, versatile and cool all wrapped into one, yet there are plenty of women out there who still find the on-trend thigh-high boots to be intimidating before anything else, particularly for the day.

Good thing it doesn’t take much to master the statement shoe of the moment, perhaps just a few helpful tips and a good dose of visual inspiration. Trust the over-the-knee boots to do the rest.

After the break, 9 casual ways you can pull off thigh-high boots during the day.

Trust a pretty, lacy, feminine dress to always work in sweetening up a sexy pair of thigh-highs during the day. Knitted cardigans to tailored blazers, leather jackets to coats and faux furs can be layered on top to further play down the look:

Photo: Lovely Pepa.

how to wear over the knee boots during the day

As an alternative to the peek of skin, you can always wear an eye-catching skirt or a dress that covers the top of the boots, thus becoming the focal point of the outfit. In this case, make sure the over-the-knee boots feature a comfortable high heel to avoid looking short or bulky:

Photo: Fashion Agony.

how to wear over the knee boots during the day

If you have lean and long legs, you can easily pull off what is the thigh-high uniform to be sported during the day. Perfectly casual but also chic, do wear your over-the-knee boots with a pair of skinny jeans, making sure to build the look on a cohesive colour scheme and minimalist tops & jackets:

Photo: Victoria Tornegren.

how to wear over the knee boots during the day

A chunky, textured knit paired to a suede mini skirt and topped with a menswear-inspired coat makes for another inspired outfit for when it comes to dress down a statement pair of thigh-high boots. Just make sure the skin showing between the boots and the hemline doesn’t exceed five inches:

Photo: The Golden Diamonds.

how to wear over the knee boots during the day

If everything else fails, you can always choose to wear your over-the-knee boots with clothing that is covered up: think long sleeves, high necklines, long(er) hemlines. You can further enhance the covered look with light layers, a neutral palette and a statement piece of outerwear:

Photo: Ohh Couture.

how to wear over the knee boots during the day

Say you want to play it both cool and sexy during the day with a fitted pair of thigh-highs. Totally doable. Just choose to complement the sultry mood with a sexy skirt (some metal detailing helps toughen up the look) and to balance out some of the sexiness with a chunky knit and an all black palette:

Photo: Viva Luxury.

how to wear over the knee boots during the day

The perfect pair of thigh-high boots shouldn’t be neither too thigh, nor to loose, so don’t stress about the fit. Focus instead on a luxurious colour, particularly if you aim to use the boots to pay compliment to a perfectly classic ladylike ensemble:

Photo: Margo & Me.

how to wear over the knee boots during the day

To edge up a sexy pair of over-the-knee boots you don’t need much except a few statement cuts and silhouettes: think layered skirts, or one that provides the illusion, and a sweater with an extreme cut out detail. The rest can be kept to a minimal (accessories, make-up, hair):

Photo: Kayture.

how to wear over the knee boots during the day

No matter how intimidating and statement-making, never allow a pair of thigh-high boots to overpower the rest of your look. Cool leather skirts to sporty bombers and luxe sunnies make it easy to keep them in check and feel as part of a perfect whole:

Photo: The Haute Pursuit.

how to wear over the knee boots during the day

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