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Trend Alert: Over the Knee Boots

Thigh-high boots have always been strongly associated with prostitutes, you only have to take a look at the Pretty Woman poster to see that. However, this season they're being aimed at even the nicest of girls as they're teamed with paisley and jersey dresses adding a subtle yet sexy edge.

Revived label Halston got the ball rolling on the catwalk as they paired a stretch-suede pair with a soft jersey dress (followed closely by Tommy Hilfiger, pictured). These boots, despite being £1095 have already sold out but fear not, there are alternatives! Tamara Mellon of Jimmy Choo spoke to The Sunday Times about their take on the trend called 'Heaven' (which doesn't help to deviate from the stripper link). She explained, "They make women feel strong, confident and sexy. They also elongate the legs."

If you intend to attempt the trend then it is never acceptable to wear them next to bare flesh. Instead team with tight trousers or thick tights and a skirt which finishes just above the boots. Also, approach patent pairs with caution. I'm already lusting after the Bertie version (£125), see below for other options.

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