Tricky Trends, Decoded: The Mid-Heel Boot

During the fall shows, models at Gucci, Saint Laurent and more were seen trotting down the runway donning perfectly mod tall boots. So how does one try the trend without veering into full-on go-go dancer territory? The answer lies in thoughtful length proportions. Hemline length, that is. Here, we’ve rounded up 3 of our favorite boots of the season (so far) and skirt pairing suggestions to get you started.

These Boots Were Made For Walking

Photo: Gucci

The Office-Ready Knee Length

Make like Ally McGraw (circa Love Story, a truly authentic '70s fashion visual aid) and pair your tall boots with a school girl-esque skirt that hits right above the knee; temper the primness with a subtle slit and a curve-hugging turtleneck.

The Perfect Party Frock

The ubiquitous shift dress gets a racy update by way of strategically placed zippers and a thigh-grazing hemline – ideal for showing off a pair of glitzy knee-high boots. Add opaque tights to create a monochromatic effect or when the degrees start to drop.

The Easy Weekend Mini

There’s a reason why micro-minis are synonymous with mod footwear: stacked heels bring a short skirt’s otherwise risqué vibe down a few notches. Come fall, try taking proportion-play to a whole new level with a chunky sweater.