If you loved Doc Martens back in the ’90s, you’d probably love combat boots. They are rugged, comfy, and very cool in a grunge 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 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 must wear your combat boots with a short dress to show off your legs. A short skirt, a little above your knees, looks more youthful and has a slimming effect. You should wear your clothing 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. Wide-leg pants would look dated and frumpy with combat boots. Try skinny pants and a long green tunic top.
2. Keep It Casual
I talked about pairing a great day dress over tights with 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 doing 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, 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 on top 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 with more shape, you keep your look chic and age-appropriate.
4. Add Feminine Accents
To counteract the rugged 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 this aggressive new style. Still not sure? Here are more ideas for how to wear combat boots at your age. * Guest Contributor: Morgan Mullin