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How to Style Combat Boots

Office, date night, casual – combat boots can do it all!

Since the dawn of punk rock, combat boots have been associated with edgy, rebellious styles. We’ve seen them grace the feet of 80’s pop icons, Seattle garage bands, and even beloved cartoon characters. Once again, combat boots have returned victorious to mainstream fashion as the must-have fashion staple.

This time around, combat boots aren’t just for angsty teens, and they aren’t just black. From skinny jeans to summer dresses to your favorite black pants, the surprising versatility of combat boots is going to make them your go-to shoe for the fall and beyond. The key is BALANCE. Balancing the edge and potential severity of combat boots in your outfit is the key to unlocking their versatility.

Combat Boots with Any Look

Pants & Combat Boots

You’ll want to avoid wearing combat boots with long, wide-legged pants that will make your legs and feet look bulky. Think skinny jeans, structured leggings, cropped jeans, patterned tights – anything that hugs your legs. You’re going for a streamlined, modern look with your pant/boot combo here. If you want to up the edge factor, go for some leather leggings or distressed cropped jeans that don’t hang over the boots.

Tops & Combat Boots

Here’s where balance becomes critical. You want to go big, soft, or long with your top. Billowy tunics, long blazers with the sleeves rolled up, oversized chambray, flowy kimonos, extra-large sweaters – you get the picture. These tops will provide the softness and ease that are key for styling combat boots in the modern age.

(If you want to rebel against the big/soft/loose rule, try wearing a more fitted top or a curve-hugging jacket. Just stick to classic jewelry statements and natural hair styling to bring that same balance.)

Dresses & Combat Boots

Keep the fabrics light and the silhouette loose. Mini, midi or maxi – doesn’t really matter. Any length can and will work for you here. From a sweet flower-patterned maxi dress to a gauzy, burgundy high-low shirtdress paired with tights, every dress will look fabulous with the touch of edge and sophistication that combat boots provide.

Take a look at some of our favorite combat boot outfits and see what fits with your style!

Look 1: Classic and Sleek in All-Black

Nothing is easier or more versatile than an all-black ensemble. The trick is to vary textures, and combat boots are an excellent way to do that. Tuck some black jeans into your black combat boots, throw on your favorite black tee (you know you have at least three of them,) and add a leather jacket for extra edge. Bam – instant outfit.

If you want to break it up a little bit without losing any of that edgy sophistication, add a charcoal grey cardigan, a beige scarf, or a light leather handbag. Trust us – you’ll be ready for whatever your day throws at you.

Look 2: Professional and Polished

Office setting? No sweat. Grab a pair of structured dark leggings, a long, loose tunic or tank and a long blazer. Roll up the sleeves on the blazer to keep your outfit from looking too stuffy and throw on a cute crossbody bag – voila! You’re ready for any meeting the day throws at you, whatever your dress code happens to be.

Look 3: Bold and Unique

Combat boots aren’t just black and brown anymore. There are florals, neons, metallics, fresh bright white – the possibilities are endless. If you want to stand out in a crowd with minimal effort, try pairing a pair of fabulous rhinestone combat boots with patterned pants, a statement tee, and a rocker-chic jacket. Just make sure you leave for your date early, because you’ll be stopping every five minutes to answer, “Where did you get those shoes?!”

Look 4: Combat Boots for Your Mini

If your little girl serves a side of sass with her sweetness, make sure she has the style to back it up. Snag her a pair of combat boots that feature sparkles and rainbows! She’ll be sure to make a big statement on the playground (or in a virtual learning video chat!)

Welcome back, combat boots. Our feet have missed you.

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