Dear Shopping Savage,
I want to try out this trend of mixing punk rock with feminine looks. I keep seeing all these cool looking military boots I want to wear in magazines and in stores. But does this trend translate into the real world? How can I wear these boots without looking like I'm trying too hard to be trendy?
Tough for Tulle
Today's "tough tulle" trend is very reminiscent of the early '90s look with Dr. Martens's boots. Back then girls wore them with long-waisted floral dresses, tights, lumberjack plaid shirts, unforgiving high-waisted jeans (now affectionately referred to as "mom jeans"), pork pie hats and long chains with inane charms.
Many of these 'grunge era' fashions have returned to the spotlight of fashion - with a much needed facelift - and could be paired with the well-grounded footwear you seek. For example, this style boot would look great with skinny jeans or leggings and an oversized shirt (think plaid button-up or v-neck pocket tee) with a thin belt to accentuate the waist and to give the outfit a modern silhouette. A vest is another great accessory for these boots. Throwing on a vest over a sundress or with a t-shirt and jeans will make them seem that much more cohesive with your look.
With proper styling and accessories you could even wear them at night with a LBD. My suggestion would be to try heavy eye liner with minimal makeup, lip gloss instead of lipstick and your hair simply parted down the center.
It may take some time, but before long you'll be able to incorporate these boots into your wardrobe without so much as a second thought. You'll surprise yourself at how easily they can be worn with a softer look to give it some edge or complete the tough look you're going for. Now all that's left to do is to find the pair that suits you best. And once purchased, you should wear them right out of the store. Boots are made for walking, as the saying goes, and there's no time like the present to take that first step.
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