If you loved Doc Martens back in the ’90s, then you’ll then you probably love combat boots. They are rugged, comfy and very cool in a grunge kind of way.
How do you pull off wearing such a clunky, thick-soled boot without weighing down your look and making you look like a college kid or worse an old lady? Here are four style tips that will keep you from looking like a granny in army boots!
1. Show Off The Shape of Your Legs
Remember Granny on the Beverly Hillbillies? She wore those long to- the- floor dresses and combat boots. It can be an old look.
Since combat boots are rugged, they make your legs and feet look heavy. To counteract this, you need to wear your combat boots with a short dress to show off your legs. A short dress, a little above your knees, looks more youthful and has a slimming effect. You should wear your dress with solid dark tights or leggings. These are weighty enough to balance the boots.
If you want to wear jeans or khakis with your combats boots, that’s fine so long as they are skinny and fitted. A wide leg pant would look dated and frumpy. Try a skinny pant a long green tunic top.
2. Keep It Casual
I talked about pairing a great day dress over tights with the boots to create an easy, low-key outfit that is also polished. The best choice for a dress is a floral dress. This is a classic grunge choice. The key to making a floral work is choosing a large print with a dark background. A tiny floral would look too old lady.
If dresses aren’t your thing, then try a tunic with a slight A-line shape. It will glide over any trouble spots and work with the casual vibe of the boots.
3. Have a Fitted Top Layer
Whatever you wear over the top of your outfit needs to be fitted and have a structure to balance the laid-back vibe of your look. Think blazers, button-up tops, \ a great jacket, or even a chunky sweater that fits you like a glove. By having a piece that has more shape to it, you keep your look chic and age-appropriate.
4. Add Feminine Accents
To counteract the tough vibe your combat boots, try adding a few feminine touches such as a bib necklace or a classic charm bracelet. Pearls are another trend this season. They are a great way to foil the boot’s rough and tumble appeal. The trick is not to go overboard. Limit the ladylike touches to 2-3, max!
So there you go. If you’ve been wondering if you can wear combat boots, it’s time to Hup to it and try out this fierce new style.
* Guest Contributor: Morgan Mullin