Knee Highs Make My Day

b-Living
Karen Pine of the University of Hertfordshire has conducted a study that demonstrates that women’s monthly fluctuations in hormones are in fact correlated with their shopping habits and the amount they spend ‑ or in my case, overspend ‑ on these purchases. Today I thought I’d test this theory, albeit unknowingly, as I headed out to hunt some boots for the fall season. So I may be a bit late on buying items for fall, given that the season is now almost over with snowfalls already occurring in some parts of the province, but I haven’t been able to find a pair of knee-high black leather boots that appealed to me, and I absolutely need exactly that as it is the only thing missing from my wardrobe at this moment (if I’m honest, this means until the next fashion crisis in a few days).

As you have probably noticed, you no longer need to go to a shoe store to find footwear. Most clothing stores have been developing their own lines. For someone like me, who had gotten into the habit of giving approximately a third of my annual income to Browns and Jean-Paul Fortin, I was a tad taken aback when I realized that I could not find a pair of boots that I actually liked.

I used to have this amazing pair that I wore through many, many years of harsh winters until, well it had to happen, they completely self-destructed on me in the middle of winter 2009. They were knee-high, black leather boots with a 4” heel, perfect for my small 5’3” frame. Laced up in the front, they were form-fitting and reminiscent of what a cartoonist would draw on a sexy female Russian spy. And with pencil skirts, they worked like a charm.

If you look closely at the styles in store this season, there are many ankle or thigh-high form-fitting boots, both of which I already own, but very few are knee-high. Since my calves tend to be a bit rounder, I enjoy camouflaging them in knee-high boots that hug back the plumpness. Thigh-high boots would also do the trick but they wouldn't work so well in a corporate environment.

The knee-high boots in stores these days are looser and often come with a variety of buckles and straps that can make even the tiniest of calves appear larger – a big no-no if you’re shaped like me.

Refusing to buy anything but what had clearly become my fetish boot style, I have been going through the first few weeks of autumn alternating, though with great impatience and increasing stress, between my black ankle Miss Sixty’s, my burgundy knee-high slip-ons and a variety of brownish equestrian boots. Imagine my frustration when I have to dress up a pencil skirt…

At 11:35 sharp this morning, I walked into Guess at the Eaton Centre and I believe I heard angels sing. There it was in front of me, an entire display of knee-high boots (among others), each sexier than the next. I must have spent an eternity (not to mention a fortune) in that store today, but I walked out with a pair of fabulous knee-high, black leather boots that have a 6x2 square of fabric on the upper, exterior part of the boot… as well as a stunning pump that was just too hard to pass up.

Knee Highs

For those of you on the Guess List, I certainly hope you are signed up to receive promotional offers or you might have missed today’s deal: for a $5 contribution to Habitat for Humanity, you obtained 25% off the price of your purchase. I’ve never been a wiz with numbers but I do know that at Guess prices, this is a fantastic deal.

So as Ms. Pine’s study suggested, I did feel much better about myself on my way out. Maybe it was the hormones, maybe it was the discount, maybe it was that I had finally gotten a heavy weight off my shoulders but somehow, the air smelled fresher than usual in Montreal’s downtown core. I even caught myself smiling at people in my office building, and even chatting one up on the elevator ride up to the 7th floor. I have to say that at this very minute, before guilt over the amount I just put on my card sinks in, I could pour myself a nice glass of Pinot noir and call it a pretty-damn-close-to-perfect day.

Share this with your friends!


Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

Latest articles from Melanie Clark

blog comments powered by Disqus

 
Facebook Twitter RSS Feed 
Upcoming Fashion Events

No current events.

Banner
Fashion Biz Newsletter
* indicates required