Wearing tall boots when you’re under five foot three can be tricky. Stores such as ASOS have started stocking petite over the knee boots, but there isn’t a huge range of choice. When you’ve got short legs over the knee boots can sit much higher on your thigh than they are designed to, making your legs look even shorter than they already are. I don’t know about you, but that is the last thing I want in a pair of boots. Tall boots haven’t worked well for me in the past, that’s why I generally go for black ankle boots with tights as they tend to be leg-lengthening. Over the past year or so I’ve picked up some tips on how to wear tall boots when you’re under five foot three.
Choose The Right Pair
There are SO MANY variations of tall boots on the market. If you’re patient enough you will definitely find the perfect pair for you. You just need to know exactly what you’re looking for. If you plan on wearing your tall boots with bare legs then a nude pair will make your legs look longer as they’re close to your skin tone. The same goes for if you plan to wear tights most of the time, black boots will work best. Choose whichever colour will work with your wardrobe. I cannot wear boots with bare legs as I just don’t like how it looks, I would pair nude coloured tights with these boots in the future. A heeled boot also balances out the height. I always go for a chunky heel as I can’t walk in stilettos anymore, but go for whatever you feel comfortable in.
As I mentioned, ASOS does petite versions of over the knee boots but the choice isn’t great. For me, a pair of boots that stop just below, or on, the knee looks the best. A pair that are tight all the way up the leg is the most flattering, too. Your knee tends to be the smallest part of your leg, so if your boot finishes just below that it will accentuate it.
Style Them Right
The key to wearing tall boots when you’re under five foot three is styling them right. A pair of wet look leggings and an oversized jumper would look great, but if you’re going for a dress I’d recommend leaving at least two inches between the top of your boots and the hem of your skirt or dress. In my opinion, you need to show a little leg so that you don’t end up looking shorter than you are. As a short gal, my intention is to always look taller than I actually am. That’s where tonal dressing comes in. Pairing these nude boots, with nude tights and a beige jumper would give you some extra height as there are no blocks of dark colour to prevent the flow of the outfit. The same goes for wearing black head-to-toe.
Do you like to wear tall boots? If you’re interested in how to style other items when you’re under five foot three I’ve also written about the teddy coat here.
Images by Alice Christina