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Wardrobe mayhem: fishnets, thigh-high boots AND a leather mini?

Doreen writes: I have just invested in a pair of thigh leather boots, (but i would say they are just above the knee) my boyfriend wants me to wear them with the shortist leather mini available. would they look well and …

Mon, Sep 13, 2010, 10:30

   
Doreen writesI have just invested in a pair of thigh leather boots, (but i would say they are just above the knee) my boyfriend wants me to wear them with the shortist leather mini available. would they look well and fishnet stockings as well, your advice would be appreciated.
 
Doreen, my initial reaction (and I hope you don’t mind) is to recoil in horror, and I will explain why, as sensitively as I can. All three of the items you have named, while being very fashionable this winter and last, are also familiar to, let’s say, ladies who walk the night. Now, I’m not one to sit in judgment on said women, but unless you want to look like one, combining all three of those sartorial delights at once would be a folly worthy of Jodi Marsh.
Might I suggest teaming your leather mini with a T-shirt and a pair of Converse, or flat pumps (alternatively, mix with a ladylike blouse and opaques); keeping your thigh-high boots for oversized knits and flowy dresses, and your fishnets for a time in the future when fishnets will once again be acceptable. The key, you see, to keeping on the correct side of hooch, is to mix risqué items with decidedly un-risqué trends (knits, autumnal patterns, loose clothing).
But really, the question becomes: do you usually take advice from your boyfriend? Does your boyfriend offer fashion advice, willy-nilly? This would, without a doubt, be something worth squashing at the earliest opportunity. Men are good for a lot of things (DIY being at the forefront of my mind at the moment), but fashion advice is, 99% of the time, not one of those things. Leave him to fix the plumbing and play with his XBox, and really, dress whatever way you see fit.