You can’t go wrong with a good old pair of Doc Martens. They’re a classic and a staple piece in many wardrobes. Here are some great ways to style your Docs.
Doc Martens has reigned as one of the most lastingly successful footwear brands since they released the first version of their classic worker-style boots almost sixty years ago. Their shoes are high-quality, sturdy, durable, versatile, and comfortable, so it’s no wonder that they have withstood the test of time for so long. Doc Martens’ claim to fame is their trendy worker boot, but the footwear brand has expanded in the last fifty-plus years and now sells a variety of other boot styles for men and women.
As timelessly trendy as these boots are, Docs have also become somewhat synonymous with edgy, rebellious teenage style. Some people even consider them “basic”, as they’ve been so popular for so long. These connotations deter many women from rocking Docs if they value their own unique style and don’t want to look like they’re sixteen again. However, Doc Martens are very versatile shoes and they don’t have to be a symbol of teenage rebellion. There are many ways to style your Docs to create looks that let you express your own unique sense of style, whatever that may be.
Tights and Docs are a classic combination. Plain black tights effortlessly balance out the bulkiness of these boots that can make them look awkward and disproportionate when worn alone. Wearing tights under your Docs significantly expands the range of possible outfit options you can wear with these shoes.
Pair your tights-and-Docs combo with high-waisted cutoff shorts and a plain tee for a trendy, offbeat finish that still looks put-together. Or, wear them with a short skirt and crop top to create a more delicate look. Add a slouchy cardigan for a streamlined finish. If you want to add more flair to your look, ditch the standard black tights for a pair of fishnets or patterned lace or mesh tights instead.
If you can’t beat them, join them. Try embracing the classic edgy style of Doc Martens with looks that are reminiscent of the teenage rebel style but maintain a classy finish without looking silly or immature. The key to these looks is channelling classic ’90s grunge style into more modern, put-together outfits.
Distressed jeans are a must for creating edgy looks with your Docs. The texture of ripped jeans adds depth to your outfit that balances out the bulkiness of your boots. If you want to add more edge to your look, pair dark destroyed jeans with a loose, graphic tee and an oversized denim jacket on top. Or go for a classier, more sophisticated finish with lightly distressed high-waisted black jeans, a form-fitting V-neck tee, and a cropped leather jacket. Cinch a black belt around your waist to accentuate your figure and add more dimension to your look.
When you wear Docs with full-length bottoms that aren’t skin-tight, creating a balanced, streamlined look that isn’t overly crowded can be tough.
Pairing your boots with cuffed or cropped bottoms can help solve this problem. Cuff the bottoms of straight-legged jeans to just above the top of your Docs. This can help offset the wide ankles of the boots. Or, choose a pair of jeans that are already cropped an inch or two above your boots to draw more attention to your fashionable footwear.