11/06/2013 08:16 am ET

How To Wear Thigh-High Boots Without Looking Like Julia Roberts In 'Pretty Woman'

Thigh-high boots seem to be everywhere right now. Okay, maybe not everywhere, but a lot of places, and it's definitely a trend that many people love, but are too scared to try.

To be fair, thigh-high boots are daunting. Finding the most flattering pair is a challenge, as is choosing an ensemble to go with them so you don't end up looking like Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman." But believe it or not, there are a few easy rules you can follow so you look great (and sophisticated) in thigh-high boots.

Be mindful of fit. Most people think the only kind of thigh-high boots are skin-tight, but slouchy options can provide a great way to turn down the sex appeal and make them work-appropriate.

Pick your material carefully. If you have larger calves, opt for a pair with an elastic back so they are easy to slip on and off.

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Don't just wear thigh-highs the traditional way. Fold over the top, slouch them down and play around with them to make them your own.

If you're going to wear thigh-high boots with fur or a short hemline, it's important to pick the right color palette (think neutral, softer shades), so your look doesn't skew too vampy. Also, try to avoid heavy eye makeup and red lipstick.

You don't need to wear thigh-high boots only when dressing up. They also look great with leggings.

These boots are stylish and practical. In the winter months, they offer an extra layer to wear over tights so your legs don't get cold.

Get a pair of thigh-high boots for yourself:
1. Jeffrey Campbell Avril Thigh High Boot, $172; 2. Blink Lanie Black Τhigh Boots, $93 3. Breckelles Rider-82 Crinkle Leatherette Round Toe Riding Thigh High Boot, $30; 4. Opening Ceremony Thigh High Suede Boot, $870 5. Tibi Thea Thigh High Boot, $795 6. Sophia Webster Hallie Leopard-Print Suede & Leather Thigh-High Boots, $1495 7. Stuart Weitzman Highland Boot, $750

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