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What I'm Wearing: Peter Over-the-Knee Boots from LOFT

Back in April I attended the LOFT Fall 2010 Collection preview where I lusted after these gorgeous brown leather over-the-knee boots, certain that I would never be able to afford them. Now, LOFT has totally spoiled me by sending me a free pair, shown here. If you only buy one new pair of shoes this season, splurge on these beauties. They truly can take a simple outfit from boring to beautiful.

Regarding sizing, I measured the widest part of my calve at 15" and there's maybe an extra 1/4" of space remaining. For your reference purposes, I'm 5'8" so that gives you some sense of how tall these boots are. I realized after taking these photos that you can adjust the boot if you have narrower calves with the buckles to kinda tighten the boot shaft, but I haven't tried doing this yet. The shoe part fits true to size, I'm a 9.5 and I probably could fit in a 9 or 9.5 boot (which is what I was gifted.)

This style is called the "Peter Over-the-Knee Riding Boot" and it's available in black or brown for $198 at and you can click the image below for more info. I'll keep an eye out for budget-friendlier takes on this hot fall trend. In the meantime, drop hints to your sig-o that you want a pair as an early holiday present!

Outfit details: Forever 21 tweed vest with faux-fur collar (got this a couple years ago); Old Navy plaid shirt; Work Custom "Hemingway" Cargo Pants in Olive (via; LOFT boots

Fall Trend 2010: Shearling Jackets

Shearling jackets were all over the fall 2010 runways including 3.1 Phillip Lim, Burberry Prorsum and Mulberry (shown above from left to right), and now we're seeing this irresistible trend show up everywhere from Target to Forever 21. Pair this outerwear with everything in your fall wardrobe, from skinny jeans and chunky sweaters to lace skirts and ladylike blouses.

Read on for shearling-look jackets at affordable prices. Click any image for product details.