Much like Chelsea boots, combat boots are subtle and timeless enough to work with almost any outfit, from casual to formal, without pulling focus from the overall vibe. And while you can’t go wrong with a classic pair, designers regularly drop combat boots featuring trendy details like lug soles and shiny hardware so you can opt for a statement-making, rather than an understated, combat boots outfit. Whether you’re looking to add a bit of edge to your favorite ultra-femme ‘fit or want to level up your casual errand running looks, the 12 combat boot outfits ahead will keep your fashion inspiration cup brimming over, no matter the occasion.
A Midi Skirt and Oversized Sweater
For a casual look that's both comfy and quietly luxurious, pull on your softest silk midi skirt, snuggliest oversized sweater, and a pair of stacked platform combat boots.
A Mini Sweater Dress
Supermodel and combat boot fan, Bella Hadid does a great job of wearing this style of boot in unexpected ways. Case in point: this snuggly sweater dress outfit. Rather than leaning into the hard edge inherent to combat boots, Hadid went fully in the opposite direction for a cozy and compelling look that's incredibly easy to emulate.
Dr. Martens is a classic combat boot brand (this writer personally owns three pairs) and its surprisingly lightweight boots lend themselves to streetwear-inspired looks like a sleek jumpsuit and faux fur jacket.
A Printed Midi Dress
Thanks to their lace-up silhouette, combat boots are an exceptionally streamlined style of shoe which makes them uniquely suited for slinky or form-fitting dress styles like a sleek, halter midi-dress.
A Graphic Mini Dress
Instead of a pair of high-heels or booties, try wearing combat boots with your favorite graphic mini dress for a look that expertly blends hard and soft. Finish off this combat boots outfit with a brightly colored statement bag.
A Luxe Blazer
Lean into the luxuriousness of soft, leather combat boots by wearing them with a velvet blazer, leather mini skirt, and sleek fishnet tights.
A Sheer Pinafore Dress
Given how combat boots used to be synonymous with the punk and goth scenes, it's not surprising that this year's hottest and darkest trends like sheer dressing look great with this style of boot. A sheer, flowy dress that's equal parts witchy romance and high fashion plus a pair of understated combat boots makes for a dark and dreamy look.
A Romantic Lace Blouse
A Gauzy Tulle Skirt
I'm personally a sucker for a coquettish tulle skirt worn with combat boots, but I also understand that not everyone wants to channel Olivia Rodrigo's best red carpet looks. For a combat boots outfit that's more Fashion Week front row than front row at a punk show, try a tulle skirt in an unexpected shade like vintage chartreuse or moody, but mature, burgundy.
A Slouchy Duster and Jeans
While choosing outerwear can sometimes be a chore, a long coat can instantly elevate even the most basic of separates. Next time you want to feel dressed up without actually dressing up, pull on your favorite pair of jeans, snuggly beanie, duster coat, and slip on a pair of knee-high combat boots.
Make the most of oversized outerwear and a great pair of combat boots with this cute and casual combat boots outfit. A simple pair of black bike shorts is all you need to bring this trendy outfit together, but you can also go for an OOTD by adding colorful laces to your boots and carrying a purse in a matching color.
Jeans and a Sweater
While combat boots look great with skirts and dresses, that's not to say they can't also elevate a pair of jeans. For a casual combat boots outfit that's perfect for crisp fall days, try wearing a pair of shiny combat boots with light-wash straight-leg jeans and a warm, wooly sweater.
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