Let's start by giving credit where credit's due: When it comes to over-the-knee footwear, Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman" deserves all the glory. Who could forget her star-making turn as hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold Vivian Ward, who meets the man of her dreams while rocking patent leather thigh-high boots? Now that that's settled, let's talk about today's take on the thigh-high trend, which offers a little less flash, a lot less trash, and some major style points for those who dare.

Thigh-high boots hit hard this season, with top designers such as Chanel, Phillip Lim, and Chloë showcasing their own versions on Fall 2013 runways, and now, as the trend trickles down from the catwalk to the masses, it's key to understand how to pull off the silhouette while still looking high-style.

Whether you're planning on busting out a dusty pair from the back of your closet, or ponying up to purchase a new set, we've nailed down 5 ways to wear thigh-high boots and still look totally chic, as opposed to looking like you're out trolling for,um, a "date."

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