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How to Transition Combat Boots from Summer to Fall



Combat boots were definitely my most worn boot last year and I have a sneaking suspicion they will be this year, too. Why, you ask? Well, these babies are oh-so versatile and can match almost any style. Likewise, they’re great for transitioning from summer into pumpkin season!

To prove my point, I’ve put together two outfits incorporating my trusty combat boots. One is perfect for early fall, while the other is ideal for colder weather. Scroll down to check them both out:

1. Fall Flowers

Combat boots, floral dress, denim jacket

This outfit is great for those warmer, almost-fall days. I paired a summer dress with a denim jacket, although, if you have one, I think a denim vest would look pretty snazzy, too. I opted to leave my legs bare, but knee-high socks or tights would also be a stylish addition if it’s chillier where you are.

As for the dress, who says floral is only for spring and summer? Like with most patterns, if the floral has a dark base – in this case, black – it’s definitely appropriate for sipping pumpkin spice lattes and crunching on leaves on your way to class.

2. Sweater Weather

How to wear combat boots in cold weather

For colder days, there is nothing cozier than the oversized sweater and a chunky infinity scarf. Of course, you also can’t go wrong with green utility jacket. On my legs, I went with some thick leggings, because as everyone knows, wearing pants every single day is hard. To not fall into the “leggings as pants” epidemic, just be sure your sweater covers what Miley Cyrus’s outfit did not cover at the VMAs.

On occasion, a fun beanie with an animal (or a sassy phrase if you’re feeling Cara Delevingne-inspired) can be a happy touch. Beanies keep the hair out of your face when walking to class on windy days, although I do recommend taking them off inside so people don’t refer to you as the “Girl With the Penguin Hat”.

Shameless plug time: to see an additional outfit featuring combat boots paired with jeggings, check out my Study Abroad post!

Tell me what you think!

What did you think of these outfits? Do you own combat boots? What do yours look like? Do you fold them over? What are you most excited about for fall? For me, I prefer my combat boots unfolded and I’m most looking forward to eating pumpkin pancakes at my school’s dining hall!

Posted on on September 22, 2013 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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17 Responses to “How to Transition Combat Boots from Summer to Fall”

  1. 1
    September 22nd, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    I would LOVE to be referred to as “the girl with the penguin hat”, mainly because they are my favorite animal. Where did you get your beanie? I’m totally in love with it! And both outfits are perfect for this Alabama weather. When I get to NY on the other hand…probably won’t be warm enough for me. Haha

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    September 22nd, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    What kind of boots are they? I’ve been looking for a pair forever but never know which brand to get and those are cute

  3. 3
    September 22nd, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    I adore combat boots and used to have a really great pair that were eventually lost to the sands of time. I’ve been looking for a new pair and I have to agree with Diana those are very cute, where did you get them? I love this post btw it’s fantastic.

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    September 22nd, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    I love taking walks downtown in my home city in the fall! I wear combat boots all fall/winter long – with tights or jeans. I love the second outfit, utility jackets are my favorite. (: I love all your posts!!

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    September 22nd, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I LOVE the second outfit!! Just one thing though, how do you get your leggings to stay tucked into the boots?? Mine keep slipping out and it’s so annoying! I’ve tried tucking them into socks but the shorter socks don’t work and the longer socks peek out over the boots… Oh the problems I face…

  6. 6
    September 22nd, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Those boots look very similar to the fold-over combat boots by Soda you can find similar styles in other brands. They’re pretty awesome because you’re essentially getting two pairs of boots in one!

  7. 7
    September 22nd, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Jacyln–I love penguins too! This was a gift so unfortunately I’m not sure.

    Diana & Gabriela –I’m glad you like my boots! They’re from Madden Girl and are super comfy and durable. The only thing I don’t like is that the zipper doesn’t go all the way down to the sole, so getting them on and off can be difficult. I would recommend getting a pair where the zipper goes down all the way, and the laces go through holes instead of pegs. I’ve seen some cream colored ones out and about that look awesome!

    Rose–thank you so much! I love utility jackets too :)

    Niamh–hmm, I have that same problem with jeans but not leggings! Can you fold your longer socks down once (so they don’t peek out but still hold the leggings down)?

    Rachel–those are great boots!

  8. 8
    September 22nd, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    This post is adorable – love the 2nd outfit.

    I have the same beanie but as an owl. Love it!

    Chloe m.

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    September 23rd, 2013 at 12:35 am

    I totally love this!! I was wondering though… do you have any thoughts on what I can do with all my high-low dresses and skirts as the temperatures drop? I loved them all summer but I live in the North East… should I be boxing them away?

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    September 23rd, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Leah-No, unfortunately then the leggings “pop” out after a few steps. This may also have something to do with having very long legs and not finding long enough leggings!! I shall persevere though!!!!

  11. 11
    September 23rd, 2013 at 10:30 am

    You are so beautiful! Loving both outfits, the second one in particular.

  12. 12
    September 23rd, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Niamh – if you can get a pair of stirrup leggings that may help. I know they are available online or at dancer wear stores.

  13. 13
    September 23rd, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Haha, very long legs sound like a pretty good reason to have problems! :) Have you tried the “toeless” kind? They go down on your foot further.

  14. 14
    September 23rd, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    This post is so cute! The second outfit is just perfection. I want that coat!

  15. 15
    September 23rd, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Great article! What I love most is the fact that Leah’s smiling! I hate grumpy fashion bloggers! ;)

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    September 24th, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Kendall, what is stopping you? Utility jackets are a great investment–and there’s so many inexpensive ones out there! Mine’s from Charlotte Russe.

    Orla, I am so happy you said that! Whenever I don’t smile I look in photos I look like I’m dying and/or scared. I also have no idea how bloggers manage to look artistic when looking down or away from the camera. However, I have to warn you, in one of my future posts I might not be smiling but it’s a special Halloween article :)

  17. 17
    September 26th, 2013 at 4:21 am

    Haha! Leah I lol’d at that! Probably one of the reasons I’ve always loved CollegeFashion is because it’s relatable and in no way pretentious! Can’t wait for the scary-face Halloween post! :P

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