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Combat boots are perennially chic, but why do we feel all Tomb Raider every time we want to wear them? Well, we turned to the stylish ladies on the street to find seven elevated ways to rock our lace-up boots and not look like we’re on our way to a Fugazi show.

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Plaid Blazer + Turtleneck + Leather Skirt

We love the idea of classing up our military boots with a menswear blazer and turtleneck. Just throw on a leather skirt that’ll complement your footwear and help keep the Ivy-League vibes in check. 

Get the look: Joie blazer ($398); Vince top ($165); L'Academie skirt ($398); Timberland boots ($160)

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Pussy-Bow Blouse + Pencil Skirt

Who says you can’t wear boots to work? When paired with a demure pencil skirt and blouse, your heeled lace-up shoes feel less tough guy and more boss lady.

Get the look: Vince Camuto shirt ($99); JOSEPH skirt ($615); Steve Madden shoes ($130)

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A Floral Dress

Pairing lace-up booties with a frilly dress keeps the lug soles in check. And if you’re worried about it still not being feminine enough, try a pair of heeled booties for height. 

Get the look: Rebecca Taylor dress ($695); Jeffrey Campbell boots ($165)

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Chunky Sweater + Midi Skirt

See? You can balance the tough military vibes of your boots with a soft knit and pleated silk. The effect is a bit feminine, a bit rocker and oh so cozy.   

Get the look: Naked Cashmere sweater ($295); Urban Outfitters skirt ($49); Shellys London boots ($169)

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Statement Coat + Turtleneck + Straight-Leg Jeans

Keep the color scheme light and solid (dark colors and loud patterns will feel too punk-rock with your boots). Then give your jeans a wide cuff so your pant hems don’t swallow the tops of your boots. (P.S.: This is how you do white in winter.) 

Get the look: Tularosa coat ($286); Y.A.S. top ($79); Rachel Comey jeans ($345); Michael Kors boots ($625)

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Moto Jacket + Graphic Tee + Mini Skirt

Going full-on rocker chic never gets old. Pull it off with a vintage tee, A-line skirt and leather jacket (plus tights for cooler temps). “Who, us? We’re with the band.”

Get the look: Topshop jacket ($280); Madeworn Rock t-shirt ($160); Akris Punto skirt ($395); Dolce Vita boots ($160)

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Denim Jacket + Cashmere Sweater + Skinny Jeans

For a more laid-back look, let the boots shine and keep everything else pared down. A simple sweater and your favorite denim are your new go-to pieces for Sunday errands. 

Get the look: Free People jacket ($148); Stateside sweater ($98); Rag & Bone jeans ($195); Gucci boots ($980)

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