Is it acceptable for a woman over 40 to wear the combat boots which are popular again? I see a lot of young girls wearing them with short shorts, but I’m not sure what a woman my age would wear them with.
Can you tell me the proper way to wear them? I remember wearing them in the 90’s and loved how comfortable they were, but I have a feeling that these boots aren’t worn in the same manner this time around. Please advise. Thanks! Trudy
Here’s a great example of an old trend that comes around and makes you wonder if you should try it again. I’m afraid there is no short “yes” or “no” answer to this.
Combat boots work for some mature women. They look hip and cool wearing them because they have “the whole look.” In other words, they have paired combat boots with something unexpected and feminine like this leopard print scarf above. Combat boots have been spotted on stars like Diane Keaton and Susan Sarandon who wore them with a graphic print dress.
Jeans are a natural with combat boots, but a skinny leg pant and big clunky combats will make your feet look huge. So all you need to do is balance the look by wearing something long and loose up top. An oversized sweater, tunic or loose, flowy blouse works. Skinny jeans can be tucked into combat boots. Baggy boyfriend jeans can be cuffed or worn down, long over boots.
2) Short Flirty Dresses
If you try to wear combat boots without giving your outfit a feminine touch, you a going to look like you are wearing a military costume. It’s the contrast of the feminine and the masculine that you need to pull off this look. One easy solution to counteract the macho feel is to wear a very feminine dress is popular to wear with combat boots. Pick something that is soft, light, flowy and has movement. Florals work well to create a contrast. Pair your pretty dress with tights and lace-up combat boots.
3) A Maxi Dress or Skirt
Long dresses and skirts work just as well. Here’s an example.
Pair a vibrant skirt like this with a simple V-neck neutral-colored sweater, some glam jewelry, a classy purse and some very practical suede combat boots, and you have a look that is funky, but chic.
These colors would look fabulous on anyone with warm skin and hair. Imagine if you have honey or copper-colored hair and ivory or tawny skin.
A look like this ( combat boots and long skirt) is more on the masculine/rough and ready side, so it is important to have fine, quality accessories and a pretty print to make it look more feminine and rich.
This outfit has accomplished that. It’s like the chic version of “Annie Get Your Gun.”(lol) or perhaps we could call it “Haute Homesteader.” Is this look for you?
I must confess any look with combat boots is not for me. My taste leans more to boots that are sleek and fine. None-the-less, if it works for you, go for it. Dressing after 40, or at any age is all about personal expression and being authentic.
Do you like combat boots, or do they belong in the army? I want to know what you are thinking.