ACCESSORIES REPORT: Kickin’ Combat

Since CollegeFashionista got Fryespotted, combat-style boots have been on my mind. As shoes that are practically timeless due to their durability and vintage-inspired look, it's no surprise that combat boots are making a strong comeback from the runways to college campuses. With fall weather quickly approaching, having a signature pair of shoes to last throughout the season is an important necessity to any autumn wardrobe, and combat boots are just the answer.

As a fan of anything spiked or studded, this Fashionista’s pair of See by Chloe combat boots caught my attention from a mile away. The autumn hue of the shoes adds a pop of color to her look, and the straps and studs add a unique complexity to an otherwise simple boot. Channeling her inner grunge by adding a bit of toughness to her overall feminine look, this Fashionista is rocking one of fall’s most chic, and comfortable, trends: the combat boot.

The combat boot has always been a staple of comfort and flair, adding a splash of tomboy allure to any outfit. Now seen in a variety of colors and with a multiplicity of buckles and straps, the modern day combat boot has taken the fashion scene by storm. See on style icons such as Rachel Bilson and Jessica Alba, combat boots are a great way to spruce up any outfit and make it fall-ready.

Starting with staple pieces, such as this Fashionista's simple white BDG tee and a pair of J Brand jeans, it’s easy to make a runway-ready look by accessorizing. This Fashionista creates a military inspired outfit by adding a structured Nanette Lepore blazer and of course, her combat boots. Sticking to an autumn palette, the cranberry boots add a dash of color to an otherwise monotonous outfit. Adding a bit more color and pizzazz, this Fashionista's Hermes bracelet and Henri Bendel skull necklace complete the outfit.

Spotted: Military chic commanded the Fall 2011/2012 runways; Emporio Armani, Givenchy, and Sonia Rykiel showed a mixture of femininity and androgynous pieces. When creating a military inspired outfit, stick to simple staples that can be easy to accessorize; Blazers and boots can achieve the tougher, runway ready look, and further accessorizing with jewelry or a statement handbag finalize a fashion-forward look. 

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