When it comes to what to wear with Dr. Martens, there are copious ways to pair your DM boots and shoes with different aesthetics. Often dependent on your mood or occasion, there is no reason to be tied down to just one style. That’s what lends Dr. Martens to work and leisure so well. Interchangeable by nature.
In this guide, we’ll take you through different ways to style Dr. Martens in a bid to inspire. Use this as a base to get your creative juices flowing to find your next Dr. Martens outfit. Experiment with clothing combinations, and don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone; you might like it.
How to style Dr. Martens
Now we’re getting to the good bit - below are five tips to inspire how you wear your Docs:
Dr. Martens with a dress
Docs are renowned for their strong and sturdy nature, but that doesn’t mean those wearing them can’t go a little softer. If you’ve found yourself reading this article in the hopes that we’ll tell you it’s alright to wear Dr. Martens with a dress, you’re absolutely right. DM’s paired with a dress is a huge yes!
Dr. Martens are traditionally associated with punk and alternative subcultures, while dresses are often associated with femininity and conventionality. The juxtaposition between a pair of Docs and a dress couldn’t be more iconic. Pair a summer dress with the Black Pascal Virginia leather boots to bring two worlds together.
Never-ending trends with DM 1460s
Undoubtedly one of the best. Wear them with a dress. Baggy jeans and a t-shirt. Or suit’em and, quite literally, boot’em with smart attire. The 1460s add grunge to a basic outfit in the absolutely best way.
If you’re not an avid Dr. Martens collector or new to the circle, the 1460 high-cut boots are often mistaken for the Pascal Virginia boots. And visa versa. However, there are some intricate differences between the two. Pair your 1460s with cargos or cropped trousers for an classic British punk aesthetic.
Dressing Docs up or down
If you’re looking for DM’s for a business casual look that integrates itself so well into the street fashion aesthetic, grab a pair of Dr. Martens Adrian loafers. Style them with tailored trousers and a fresh button-up shirt for a polished fit. Layer with a blazer or a cardigan to complete the look and add texture.
The key to styling Adrian loafers for work is to balance their smart casual aesthetic with more formal and polished pieces. Experiment with different outfits and find your sweet spot.
Dr. Martens for unquestionable class
Doc’s 1461 are a classic pair we can’t get enough of. Simply calling them versatile would be an understatement. Recently being paired with jean shorts or tapered trousers and clean white socks, a core Dr. Martens style in street fashion old and new. You’ve got to admit, the beauty of the 1461’s is the fact they work with practically anything. Rock them in the summer or winter, out for dinner or grabbing coffee.
The 1461’s are original Docs, they’ve been worn a thousand ways, and not one way is ‘wrong’. Wear yours unapologetically with pride. For the DM 1461 fans in the room, we have an article dedicated to styling Dr. Martens’ 1461.
Styling platform Docs
Everyone's favourite bouncing soles. Dr. Martens Jadon platform boots are chunky stompers you won’t easily forget. When it comes to what to wear with our final example, it makes sense just to go big, right? Great height requires great clothing.
Dress them with a midi or maxi dress or dress for a little added edge. Or, if skirts really aren’t your thing, grab some trusty skinny jeans or leggings for a sleek look. Layer with chunky jumpers, and you’ve got yourself a fit with added height that’ll give the illusion of a taller silhouette.
Chunky socks can add some texture and add a little interest to your outfit while also keeping your feet warm in cooler weather. Experiment with fabrics and layers when wearing platform Docs. See Dr. Martens Men’s Black Platforms and Women’s Black Platforms.
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