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Archive: November 2009

the non-fashionista’s guide to fashion: thigh-high boots.

I am not a fashionista. Though sometimes I like to pretend I am. But really, nope, I’m not at all. I always strive to look good, professional, and up-to-date; but sometimes I have a difficult time putting outfits together. I hate being plain, but sometimes I’m scared to take risks. A lot of times I have to ask people, “does this look good?” But maybe that’s because I’m just super insecure. Sometimes I know an outfit looks good, but question whether it looks good on me. I think, “Wow, this would look fabulous on a model! But me? Hmm, I think I look rather like a 12-year-old playing dress up.” Because that’s how I often think of myself: as a 12-year-old playing dress-up. Sad, right?

So, I can’t help but laugh out loud about the fact that I write about fashion as part of my job. Really, I laugh. I always have to preface talk of what I write about with, “Well, I don’t really know anything about it, but I write about fashion.” But why don’t I know anything about it? I read about, I learn about it, I’m passionate about it. I just don’t think I have the confidence to go along with it. Again, it’s quite sad!

Seriously people, I need some fashion confidence. So, from now on, I’m going to have it. Because that’s how confidence works, right? You need some, so you get it. Thank goodness. OK, I’m going to try anyway.

So from now on, I’m going to be I’m going to be a non-fashionista fashionista. Because I bet a lot of you are lacking fashion confidence, too. Right? Please say yes, so I don’t feel so all alone. Anyway, we can help each other with the trends and deciding if they “look good” on us. Are you in?

First topic of debate: Thigh-high/over the knee boots.


Photo from trendsupdate.com

These are basically all the rage this year. Everyone who’s anyone is wearing them, including Miley Cyrus. Which means I really need to start getting on this. I’m already a fan of knee-high boots, so I kind of really like these. They act almost like a pair of pants. What? They do? I can totally see myself comfortably rocking a pair of leggings and thigh-high boots and not really being sure which were acting more like pants. They both cover up almost my entire leg; one stopping higher and one lower. So how can I decide? Is this kind of like the what came first, the chicken or the egg question?

I’m LOVING Blake Lively in thigh-highs:

blakethighighPhoto from Current.com

In any event, here’s my main non-fashionista worry when it comes to thigh-high boots. Am I going to look like a skank? A 12-year-old skank? Because I wouldn’t look at a girl wearing thigh-high boots and think “Oooh what a hoe!” But for some reason, I worry people will look at me and think those exact words. Maybe this is mainly a Boston-based worry. I seriously feel like I could run around in a piece of cloth in NYC and not feel insecure. But in Boston, people are conservative. And people look you up and down if you’re dressing a little bit out there.

But if 16-year-old Miley Cyrus can pull them off, can’t I too? Though hers might be a littttle too low, though they are over the knee. The ones she wore in Elle were quite high. And quite scandalous.

mileythighhighPhoto from starpulse.com

Now, which thigh-high boots would I purchase? Good question. I’m really feeling these black suede Jimmy Choo’s. Since they’re flat, there’s less of a chance I’ll kill myself. Plus, $956 seems like a steal for thigh-high Jimmy Choos.

jcthighhighPhoto from BlueFly.com

Or these Kelsi Daggers, which can actually be purchased on the Victoria’s Secret website for only $225. I MIGHT be able to pull these off (but would also probably take a few spills on Boston’s icy streets):

thighhighVSPhoto from VictoriasSecret.com

So, what do we think about thigh-high boots for the non-fashionista type? Do you have favorites or, like me, are you a little bit scared to wear them?