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What is 'lampshading'? See the style trend popping up everywhere

What on earth is lampshading, and why are so many celebrities trying the trend?
What is Lampshading?
What is Lampshading?Getty Images, Instagram / @therealdebramessing / Getty Images
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"Lampshading" might sound like a home decor project, but it’s actually a style trend we’re seeing everywhere this fall!

Basically, it’s the practice of pairing tight, thigh-high boots with an oversized sweater, shirt or loose dress — creating that lampshade-like silhouette. The volume on top helps tone down the skin-tight sexiness of the boots and lends the whole outfit an easy, cool, I-just-threw-this-together vibe.

And the trend has been lighting up the runways this year (we couldn’t resist!). Model Bella Hadid lampshaded like a pro at Milan Fashion week in February.

Bella Hadid at Fendi
Bella Hadid walks the runway at the Fendi show during Milan Fashion Week on Feb. 23.Getty Images

While model Hailey Baldwin achieved the silhouette with thigh-high socks and a baggy plaid tunic during London Fashion Week in September.

Tommy Hilfiger: Hailey Baldwin
Lampshading also works with above-the-knee socks, as model Hailey Baldwin reminded us at the Tommy Hilfiger show at London Fashion Week on Sept. 19. Getty Images for The British Fas

Some celebrities, like Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez and pretty much the entire Kardashian-Jenner clan, were early adopters of lampshading, but we’ve seeing plenty of other stars rock the look recently.

Chic mom Chrissy Teigen nailed the trend when she paired thigh-high stiletto boots with a cozy, chunky turtleneck sweater. We'd like to make this our fall uniform, please!

London Celebrity Sightings -  September 13, 2017
Chrissy Teigen lampshaded with daughter Luna in tow on Sept. 13 in London. GC Images

Supermodel Christie Brinkley glowed in above-the-knee boots and a mod-inspired shift dress.

Christie Brinkley Visits The Empire State Building To Celebrate "Give A Smile, Get A Smile" Launch
Ahead of the trend: Christie Brinkley rocked knee-high boots and a shift dress at the Empire State Building on Dec. 1, 2015. FilmMagic

Debra Messing celebrated the trend's '70s roots with this retro ensemble.

Serial lampshader Kim Kardashian took the look to the extreme by pairing sky-high boots with an oversized sweatshirt.

Celebrity Sightings in New York City - September 8, 2016
Kim Kardashian West was an early adopter of the lampshading trend.GC Images

Blake Lively has also mastered the art of lampshading, as seen here.

Celebrity Sightings In New York City - May 7, 2013
Blake Lively embraced the trend early, rocking thigh-high boots and a retro dress back in 2013 in New York City.FilmMagic

And earlier this year, style queen Beyonce showed us that it can also make an amazing maternity look.

Lampshading may seem like a daring trend to try, but if you've been working up the nerve to rock some thigh-high boots, there's never been a better time!

Here's a few ways you can try the trend at home:

Turtleneck Sweater Dress, on sale for $36, American Eagle

Sweater dress
American Eagle

Pendant Necklace, $42, Baublebar

Pendant necklace

Zipped Over-The-Knee Boots, $60, Zara

Zippered boots

Shirt Dress with Flare Sleeves, $100, Eloquii

Shirt dress

Zelinda Over-the-Knee Boots in Glitter, $140, Eloquii

Glitter boots

Circle Hook Belt, on sale for $15, Express


Polka Dot Tunic, $50, Zara

Polka dot tunic

Sock-Style High Heel Boots, $100, Zara

Sock boots

Instarsia Sweater Dress, $120, Eloquii

Sweater dress

Gabbie Thigh High Boot by Steve Madden, on sale for $80, Nordstrom

Over the knee steve madden boots in black

Sbicca Women's Gusto Boot, $44, Amazon


Tie Sleeve Sweater Dress, $55, Nordstrom

Tie sleeve dress in maroon

Lynx Sretch Over the Knee Boot, $99, Nordstrom

Wedge heeled boot in tan

Molerani Simple T-Shirt Dress, $13, Amazon

Tshirt dress on Amazon

So if you see us this winter, you shouldn't necessarily expect pants.