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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.”
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.