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What Kinds of Shirts Go With Combat Boots?

by Jennifer Blair, studioD

Combat boots may conjure up images of 1990s grunge fashion, but these comfortable, military-inspired shoes don't go only with flannel and hoodies. To wear combat boots in a stylish way, choose classic tops that don't make the boots seem like part of a vintage costume. Because combat boots have a rugged, masculine vibe, you can also pair them with delicate or relaxed pieces that can help soften your look.

Keep It Simple

For a simple, casual look, pair your combat boots with a basic T-shirt. Whether it’s a scoop or V-neck, a tee has a relaxed, low key look that works well with the sturdy look of the boots. Opt for a classic white tee or try another neutral shade such as black or gray. An olive green tee can also work well because it has a military feel that complements the boots. Wear the tee and combat boots with a pair of rolled up boyfriend jeans for chic weekend outfit. If the weather’s cool, layer a cardigan or fitted blazer over the tee to dress up the look of the boots.

Go Military

Because combat boots are military inspired, they go well with a shirt that has a similar style. It can be as simple as choosing a top with a camouflage pattern. To keep the look soft, though, choose a camo shirt in a delicate material such as chiffon or silk. However, if the camo look is a little too on the nose, opt for a blouse that features military-inspired details including shoulder tabs and gold buttons. Wear it with skinny jeans and your combat boots for a style that’s polished but still tough.

Flirty Fashion

Create a striking look by wearing your sturdy combat boots with a top that has a flirty, feminine look. Try a blouse with lace details or a bow-tie neckline. A ruffled blouse can also help create a balanced look with the masculine boots. The colors you choose for your top can make a difference too. Opt for a blouse in a soft color like pink, peach, lilac or aqua. A delicate floral print button-down in a sheer fabric also works well with combat boots and jeans.

Slouching Around

Combat boots pair well with slim-fitting pants such as leggings. The trick to that type of look, though, is finding a shirt that’s long enough to cover your backside. A loose, comfortable boyfriend sweater is an ideal option with leggings and combat boots when you want a lazy weekend outfit that’s still high on style. A V-neck sweater is the most flattering option -- the neckline helps elongate the look of your body so you don’t have to worry about the slouchy sweater making you look larger. If you want a more polished look, wear a white button-down blouse under the sweater.

About the Author

Based in New York City, Jennifer Blair has been covering all things home and garden since 2001. Her writing has appeared on BobVila.com, World Lifestyle, and House Logic. Blair holds a Bachelor of Arts in Writing Seminars from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

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