Stick with the Classics: How to Style Your Docs
I started my punk phase when I was thirteen and have never quite grown out of it. Picture, if you will, a thirteen year old with way too much eyeliner and a birthday gift pleather jacket... and a pair of classic Dr. Martens boots. I've lost the eyeliner and the jacket, but in the years since, my collection of Docs has grown to five pairs. They are the one part of my style that has remained remarkably constant, from my early-teen rebellion phase to traversing the halls of high school to braving Chicago's slush. Beyond the tried and true ripped jeans combination, style a classic pair of 1460's with fishnets for a more statement-making look.
Or give the low-tops a spin to add some edge to a more classic and refined look. Pictured here, these black low-top Docs are just as fitting strolling through the streets as they are in the classroom or even a professional setting. By balancing your look with a more neutral or even pastel color palette, you can rock low-tops or even Doc boots (although the color range is arguably less flexible here and I would recommend sticking to black) at your workplace.
This look is very Euro-chic and a staple of London street fashion, so if you're looking to switch up your winter wardrobe with some new style references, merely look across the pond for some stellar Doc-centered looks.
Or go wild! Take your cue from one of my enduring style obsessions, the inimitable Tavi Gevinson — photographed here at age twelve rocking her Docs with mismatched tights and a plethora of patterns.
Fashion is really what you make of it. A staple piece as timeless and durable as Dr. Martens can easily be transformed into a variety of exciting new looks with simple pattern mixing, playing with proportions or combining your go-to pair with some of the ensembles in your closet that you turn to for formal or business-casual occasions.
Thumbnail image via the Dr. Martens blog.