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How To Wear: Over-the-Knee Boots

There are some fashion editors and fashion assistants who swear they're "over" over-the-knee boots. To them, they're passe and declasse, but we beg to differ. Actually, there's no begging. We flat out differ. This little closet gem is extremely useful for more than one reason, and that's why it's here to stay. In big cities, all the women using the foot express on their commute are grateful for the extra layer of real or faux leather snugly keeping their legs warm under dresses, skirts, and coats. They add a touch of sex appeal and edge to an otherwise conservative or sweet look, which means if you didn't wear them to the office, you might want to pack them in your tote bag for cocktail hour. They're sleek and can be paired with a wide variety of pieces from skinny pants to rompers.

So what's the problem? Why are there naysayers in the high fashion world? A few women have ruined it for many by wearing thigh-highs and over-the-knees with too short minis, a la Pretty Woman. They've also (fashion) victimized themselves with too-high heels and the kind of faux leather that has a telltale plastic sheen to it. Platform heels are okay, just not paired with an over-the-top outfit or too-shiny shaft. Don't be that girl. Instead, take the classy route with these boots and let them be a staple of your 2013 winter wardrobe. Here are some pre-approved celebrity looks from the recent past and present to inspire your over-the-knee style.

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