Happy hump day, friends! Today I’m sharing a transition outfit that features an easy way to wear combat boots into spring.
If you’ve been following my Try-On Hauls, you may know that I picked up these military-inspired Vince Cambria lace up boots a couple of weeks ago, and I was debating about whether or not to keep them.
Combat boots are definitely on trend right now, but they’re also a classic you can keep in your closet for years. Even so, they’re pretty rugged for my personal style aesthetic, and I wasn’t sure if I’d get a decent cost per wear.
I didn’t want to fall for a trend at the end of the season and find them sitting in my closet all next winter, but I’ve always kind of liked a menswear-inspired shoe. I still remember buying a pair of black oxfords in college and thinking they were so cool. (It was the 90s… go easy on me!)
Well, the 90s are coming back around again. I couldn’t believe it when my 15-year-old daughter mentioned wanting Doc Martens for Christmas. My mom surprised her with a pair, and she wears them constantly.
When I brought these home from the mall, I thought for sure she was going to tell me I was trying to look too young, but she actually loves them on me. I feel like they’re just a little more elevated than Docs, which is in keeping with my personal style.
There are definitely lower priced options out there that I could have considered, but these particular boots are pretty much made for my feet. The quality is amazing, and they’re extremely comfortable right out of the box — typical of Vince. (FYI, I sized down to a 7.5.)
So I did what I do when I’m unsure about a purchase, and I let them sit in my room for a while. As I put together outfits throughout the past couple of weeks, I would try them on occasionally, and they really are more versatile than I thought.
I decided that I’ll be really glad I have these over time, and they actually work pretty well as a transition shoe here in Philly, where we can have cold and messy weather well into April. I won’t want to wear my snow boots and other winter styles that long, but I can continue to wear these.
As an added bonus, they’re weather resistant! Not that you can’t wear regular leather boots in messy weather, but when you spend this much, it’s nice to know these are made to withstand such conditions.
The only thing holding me back at that point was the price tag. I would usually wait for a sale, but I wanted to style them for the blog this month… so here we are!
By the way, these boots also come in a really pretty Cobblestone Suede if you prefer a softer look.
I also found a very similar pair by Sam Edelman at a more accessible price point. It even has the side zip, so you don’t have to tie and untie your laces every time you wear them, and I really like the croc effect detail up the back.
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Combat boots work with a lot of different denim styles, and I’ve even seen them styled with dresses, but skinny jeans or leggings seem to be the most obvious pairing.
And since combat boots have a masculine vibe, I like to incorporate a luxe or feminine piece, such as cashmere sweater. They also work really well with a sporty element because it’s in keeping with the casual aesthetic, but it still provides that juxtaposition that keeps an outfit interesting.
This cashmere zip-up hoodie is both luxe and sporty, and I really like how it offsets the toughness of the boots. It’s from Quince, and the price is very reasonable for Mongolian cashmere. For size reference, I have my usual small.
I wore it over a slub scoop-neck tee from Banana Republic, which doesn’t appear to be available anymore in white. Everlane has a similar one. I really like the scoop neck under the zip-up cardigan, I feel like it’s a very flattering neckline.
This shoulder bag is my Everlane Studio Bag, and I’m still bummed that it sold out so quickly. I’m a huge fan of bucket bags and hobo style bags for daily use, and this is such a nice everyday size.
I’m also wearing a pair of cat eye sunnies with glossy black frames. Sunglasses always make an outfit look more chic!
Mine are a Gucci pair that came in a Trunk Club last spring, and Diff has a nice polarized option for under $100. I also saw this Amazon pair recommended by another blogger, and they look pretty good for $15!
This neutral, almost monochromatic color palette keeps the look elevated, and I think it also complements the tougher vibe of the boots.
I played around with tucking my jeans into the boots and leaving them out, but they’re not quite long enough to tuck seamlessly, so I did a tiny cuff and wore black socks. That way, they don’t draw attention if they show a bit when I’m moving around; and it keeps a cohesive column of black on my lower half, which is elongating and slimming.
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