What to wear with white combat boots

White combat boots are a great choice for anyone who wants to add some edge to their outfit. While they can be paired with just about anything, it’s important to remember that they’re also pretty hardy and might not be the best choice for formal wear. The good news is that they’re super versatile and can be worn with just about anything in your closet—you just have to know how!

First, let’s talk about what not to wear with white combat boots. Black pants are a no-no because black will make you look like you’re wearing snow boots instead of combat boots, which is not the look we want here. Black skinny jeans work well because they slim down your legs and draw attention away from the fact that these boots are actually pretty tall and clunky looking by themselves. Brown or tan leather jackets go great with white combat boots because they give off more of an edgy vibe than something like blue denim would do, making them more appropriate for casual settings where people might not necessarily expect something as bold as white combat boots (like at school).

White combat boots are a hot look, but it’s easy to get them wrong. Here are 5 tips for wearing white combat boots with confidence:

  1. Go for all black. Black is the best-looking color for white shoes, and it makes them look more high-end.
  2. Avoid denim jeans or pants that have any blue in them—they’ll clash with the white of your shoes and make your outfit look cheap.
  3. When paired with jeans or black pants, go for a simple top in one of three colors: red, black, or white (in that order). These colors will make your outfit pop without being overwhelming or distracting from the boots themselves.
  4. If you’re going to wear patterned tops (like stripes), stick with solid colors so they don’t compete with your shoes too much.
  5. Wear heels if you want to take things up a notch! This will add some height to your ensemble while also making it look more polished than just flats would do on their own.

How To Style White Boots

I have been guilty of wearing the cognac, brown, tan and black booties for years on end. Never really branching out of that color palette. But this is the year to step outside your comfort zone and try the hot trend of white boots. Whether they’re a white combat boot, a Chelsea boot, or even a fun white cowboy boot, this trend is everywhere. It’s been slowly creeping into the fashion scene and I feel like they’ve made their formal arrival for fall 2021. Now is the ultimate time for white boots. And for good reason.

They’re a nice update to your boring tan boots and classic black picks. But this year they seem to come in so many options that there’s something for everyone’s personal style. Which is why I’m convinced they’re here to stay for a while. I find that these boots give an edgier look to any outfit especially when you go for a more combat-inspired look. I personally own the Marc Fisher Padmia boots which are a combat Chelsea style boot. If you want something more polished that you can dress up, I’ve got a few options below as well from a sleek pointy toe ankle bootie to fun cowboy boots too. Shop each look below and all my favorite white boot options too.

How To Style White Boots

A few of my favorite outfits featuring this white-hot boot trend. From everyday casual looks, to dinner with friends, to NYFW street style-inspired ensembles that you can easily recreate at home. I’ve got lots of great ideas for taking these white boots out for a spin with confidence!

Style With A Slipdress and Jacket

How To Style White Boots for Fall

Hands down my most favorite outfit in the bunch. This will be an outfit I will wear all throughout fall and maybe even early spring. The slip dress and blazer combo are already a favorite of mine. To me, they’re a wardrobe staple. The combo is sexy, chic, and pulled together but also edgy. It’s so many things and so flattering, too. Adding the white Chelsea boot just takes it to another level. This is the ideal outfit for going out with friends. I love that heels are no longer mandatory and we can rock cool chunky boots instead.

Styling Sleek White Ankle Boots

White boots outfit idea

If combat boots aren’t your thing, then maybe try a more polished white pointed-toe ankle bootie. Fashion Jackson nails this look perfectly with the clean lines and neutral outfit. This is definitely a way to wear white booties that feels more dressed up and sophisticated. While still being trendy and fashion forward. Which is the ultimate street style combo.

Denim Skirt And Graphic Tee

How To Style White Boots

I’m in love with this little outfit. It’s easy, fun, edgy. It’s a great way to feel like fall but not layer on all the heavy sweaters and knits. A little graphic tee and denim skirt are always a good combination. And adding the white boots just ups the cool-girl factor here. With or without the blazer, it’s a good look if you ask me.

White Cowboy Boots With A Midi

Cowboy Boots With A Midi Dress

I’ll be honest, I’m not into the cowboy boot trend. But this year, the fashion gods are telling us otherwise. If you are into this trend, I will say, I’m really into this outfit. Imani styled this pretty Reformation midi dress with a menswear blazer and western cowboy boots. It’s a unique twist that just works. Cowboy boots for fall work well with the juxtaposition of a feminine dress. And the addition of the more structured menswear blazer just wraps it all up pulling from so many different fashion trends.

Casual With Mom Jeans

Fall outfit ideas for boots

For a more casual look, just throw on your favorite mom jeans, or skinny jeans work too, and a tee. I like to layer on a leather jacket for fall. But a utility jacket or bomber works great as well. Treat these white combat boots just like you do the rest of your ankle booties. With the edgier vibe they have, I’d steer clear of any feminine tops and stick to more basics or edgy pieces to match the vibe. And if you’re over jeans, I think this would also work perfectly with some faux leather leggings or cropped leather pants.

Go Monochromatic

White monochromatic outfit
Krystal Bick for Elle

For winter, why not try an all-white outfit? I’m a big fan of a monochromatic look and if you are now the proud owner (or about to be) to a pair of white boots, this is a fun way to wear them. The belted blazer, the asymmetric skirt, it’s just street style perfection. When you wear white in the fall and winter, just keep in mind fabrics. This look totally works when done in fall knits, silks and wool. Leave the summer fabrics for summer!

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