Given the state of social unrest in our country, it is only fitting that I wore a Mod look reminiscent of British-bred 60’s counter culture. If you have no idea what I’m talking about think Twiggy and Mary Quant. While some were embracing the refined style of then First Lady Jackie Onassis, across the pond suburban teens were wearing mini skirts, shift dresses and cropped hair. Hence why many refer to Mod and hippie clothing of the 60’s as sub culture or counter culture fashion. I have always loved Mod 60’s fashion, especially when it made a resurgence in the 90’s via Cher Horowitz and the Olsen twins. As an adult; however, I didn’t really think I could pull off a shift dress look. Shift dresses have no defined waist, and given my unrelenting fear of looking pregnant, I try to stay away from them. Even if I choose to indulge in a dress that has no waist, I belt it to create one. I said all of that to say, this was my definition of taking a fashion risk, and it was okay. I’m still not confident I don’t look like I need to stop by Planned Parenthood, but hey I tried. And for under $20 (Zara end of season sale comes through once again) what’s the worst that could happen?
About these boots. I cannot find the words to express to you how much I love thigh high boots. I mean they are just the bee’s knees. My philosophy on thigh high boots is that they are fitting whenever your first inclination would be to wear leggings (short shorts, short dresses, short skirts). They are basically leggings that start at your feet in my mind. So you can understand why I searched high and low for a pair of thigh high boots that made sense for me, and were affordable. My criteria for a good pair of thigh high boots are as follows:
- They must be leather. Suede boots in New York only make sense if you Uber everywhere, have a car, or a driver. You should always be able to get the most out of your clothes, and shoes. It doesn’t make sense to buy a shoe that you can’t wear at the slightest hint of rain or snow. Even after inclement weather has passed, you’d still be screwed from puddles and salt. Leather is an all weather material.
- They cannot look cheap. It is really easy to look like a street walker wearing these, so it’s crucial that they don’t look cheap.
- The heel needs to be chunky so that I can wear them all day without internally dying from pain. I can swap my stilettos for sneakers or flats, because both will fit in my purse. Thigh high boots will not fit in my purse, so the heel needs to be chunky, and therefore more comfy for all day wear.
- I cannot, not pay my rent in order to buy them. I gave myself a budget of $150, and these boots by Mark Fisher came out to be $89 at Macy’s after Christmas. One of the simplest joys in life is finding an item you like in a store, thinking that it is priced as marked, and then finding out it’s actually on sale. I try to tap into that same joy on days when I feel like a Chrisette Michele album (pointless and unwanted).
Now would be a great time to grab a pair as it has barely been Winter and will be warm soon, so they’ll likely be significantly cheaper. You can wear them in Spring with short stuff, or just hold on to them for later in the year when Fall comes around. It all depends on the climate in your area. Don’t be the girl walking around in 80 degree weather wearing thigh high boots, please. Let’s safely say that it should be 60 degrees or below.