How Not to Look Like A “Granny” in Combat Boots!

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 with combat boots. Try a skinny pant and a  long green tunic top.

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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 floral work is choosing a large print with a dark background. A tiny floral would look like a 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.

Tan Combat-Boots, jeans, creaam sweater, tan bag

3. Have a Fitted Top Layer

Whatever you wear on top, it 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 of your combat boots, try adding a few feminine touches such as a  necklace or a classic charm bracelet. Feminine accents 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. It’s time to Hup to it and try out this fierce new style. Still not sure? Here are more ideas for how to wear combat boots at your age. * Guest Contributor: Morgan Mullin


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6 thoughts on “How Not to Look Like A “Granny” in Combat Boots!

  1. I got my first pair of Doc Martens last year when I was 61 ! they are the most comfortable boots I have ever worn, my boots are burgundy with a choice of ribbons or laces, tartan inside, I am looking for a floral floaty dress to wear with a denim jacket if I have the boots are done up to the top or tartan skirt, not short though as I don’t have the best legs! If I turn the boots down.
    I think as long as you are color co-ordinated and don’t look like mutton dressed as lamb, you should wear whatever you
    want, you are a long time dead, so go on and enjoy yourself.
    I will definitely be getting another pair as there is so much choice; I have seen a woman older than me wearing bright yellow doc martens matched with a bright yellow coat, black leggings, and she looked fab.

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