Fix This Outfit: Skinny Jeans + Short Boots (Combat Vs. Moto)




You guys, meet my friend Teri.  She’s my neighbor, the mum of Raines’ best friend, and one of the biggest reasons why we may never move from this neighborhood.

Also, she’s adorable.

Anyway, we were chatting one day, and Teri mentioned that she was struggling to style her lace-up combat boots.  Once again, those darn short boots were causing a proportion problem!  (We’ve talked before about this exact issue here.)  What to do?

Shopping, obviously.  Not only did Teri (sportingly, I mean really) try on different types of short boots to find which pair is the most flattering (and we found a clear winner), but we messed around with ways to make her combat boots work.  So.  Keep on reading to see the various ways we “fixed’ Teri’s outfit.

Which Boot Is Best?

Attempt 1:  Real Doc Martins

The first thing we did was try an actual pair of Doc Martens.  They’re heftier than other combat boots, and do provide more balance.





Not bad, but we can do better.  (NOTE:  Teri tried on the Dr. Marten 1960 W Boot, and the leather was MUCH softer than I remember.  Hmmmm…..)


Attempt 2:  Short Moto Boots

Next we tried on a pair of short moto boots.  Cute, but NOT FLATTERING.  Know why?



Two reasons:  First, they create a very solid horizontal line in an awkward place on her legs.  Unless you have really skinny legs, boots should not hit horizontally right where your calf starts to widen.  Secondly, the top of the boot is more narrow than her jeans, so the jeans don’t tuck nicely.  (This last problem can be worked around with cuffs, etc. but requires extra styling trickery.)


The Winner:  Slouchy Moto Boots

Frye’s Veronica Shortie Slouchy Boots are the clear winner.  In fact, I’d like to offer up these boots as THE most foolproof, flattering short boot out there.



Here’s why:

1.  The slouchy nature of the boot allows for a cleaner tuck of skinny jeans.

2.  The slouchiness also prevents a harsh, solid, horizontal line from forming across your leg.  The whole effect is softer, less pronounced, and more flattering.




Styling The Slouchy Moto Boot

Sometime after our shopping excursion, Teri got a badass new haircut.  I credit the boots.  (haha…no.  That’s all Teri.)



But let’s fix this outfit a little bit more – Teri’s got the long-cardi proportions down pat, but what if we replaced her plain cardigan with something a little more exciting?


I love these cozy waterfall cardigans – especially on tall mamas.  They whittle waists, and are an instant style upgrade.




cardigan: Sun and Shadow Aztec Print Drape Cardigan

jeans:  Mudd Skinny Jeans

boots: Frye Veronica Shortie Slouch Boots


Styling Combat Boots

For the combat boots, Teri just needed a little bit of balance.  Her magic cardigan helps, but for the finishing touch, we swapped out her skinnies for a pair of cuffed boyfriend jeans.   This works best with boyfriend jeans that are a little bit slim (more like straight-leg jeans).




cardigan: Sun and Shadow Aztec Print Drape Cardigan

jeans:  Mudd Skinny Jeans

boots: Mossimo Combat Boots


One Final Thought…..OVER THE KNEE

I LOVED how Blondo’s Eden Over-the-Knee Waterproof Boots looked on Teri, but she wanted something a little more low-key.  “Where would I wear these?  To school drop-off?” she joked.


These boots do feel slightly….dramatic the first time you put them on.  Once you get used to how you look (so sexy!!), they quickly become everyday boots.



Since our shopping excursion, Teri has admitted that over-the-knee boots are now haunting her dreams.

The Shopping Enabler says YOU’RE WELCOME.


Teri, you gorgeous thing, thank you for putting up with me.




Shop The Key Pieces

I found a few additional statement cardigans and Frye’s slouchy moto boots (some colors are on sale!).




  1. Hooray for Teri! Thank you again for highlighting other bodies on your blog!
    I’ve been rolling up my fitted straight leg jeans (I feel like I’m in my old dance tights when I wear skinnies, I just can’t do it) to show off my boots. I’ve gotten all kinds of compliments from my friends – thanks for the inspiration!

  2. The frye veronica slouch have been my go to boot for a couple years now. I LOVE THEM! I also like to haphazardly fold over the front part to create even less of a horizontal line, especially with lighter color skinnies to balance better. I saw it on pinterest. kinda boho edge, at least thats what I pretend 😉 Anyways Teri could rock the fold over like no ones business.

  3. Wow – love her new haircut too! Um, and her skin – luminous. And those dimples. She is too cute! And oozes great mom-friend vibes. I have to admit, I didn’t like the winner boots until you changed up the jeans – then I LOVED it, especially with the cardigan. More of these posts please! Also, kudos to your blog for perhaps being the only one in the whole fashion blog arena that actually shows what real moms wear in real weather. I just went through my bloglovin feed and actually deleted most of the fashion blogs I follow because even the ones based in Chicago had girls walking to the train in 19 inches of snow in long wide cut jeans not even tucked into proper snow boots. And don’t get me started on hats and scarves and mittens…..I mean, can’t. I can take fantasy in Vogue, not in supposed real-people fashion blogs.

  4. Shana- any tips for styling a waterfall cardigan with outwear. I love that outfit it’s just always looks wrong hanging out the bottom of my puffer. Without the puffer… Brrrr!!

    • I am wondering if you think I can pull off a flowy cardigan. I am small maybe 5 feet on a good day and a size 0/2 jeans usually. Not sure if it will be too much fabric for a small frame? What do you think

  5. Good lord woman. You are some sort of miracle worker. This make-over was amazing. You’re right. It is ALL about proportion. The transformation was incredible. Teri, you’re gorgeous. And I agree that you ooze good mom vibes. Keep up the good work Shana! These are my favorite type of post.

  6. My favorite part of this is how after a few small tweaks, she actually looks more joyful and confident. And I actually think it’s that part of her personality that’s shining through that makes her look so beautiful! I think there’s no mistaking how important joy and inner confidence can really make the outfit! Thanks for sharing this post. Also…loved the pants rolled up too to give contrast with the boot and jean. I’m gonna try that. xo

  7. Y’all nailed it! Awesome — and I loved the above comment about how her confidence/beauty shines with the outfit do-over. So true! Also, very cool to see the difference a little proportion-shifting makes.

  8. These are totally my favorite types of posts. Please keep ’em coming. I feel educated! What a difference proportion makes — but it is still tricky to figure out for me. Thanks for the info.

  9. Love this kind of post! Funny thing is that while I’m not a fan of over-the-knee boots per se, I think they are extremely flattering on her! Get them!

  10. I just bought a barely worn pair of the Veronica slouch motos from Tradesy for $140. How crazy is THAT?! I wear them almost every single day.

  11. She is gorgeous! I love these posts. Can you please come to my house and do this for me every morning? I have a long Aztec cardi but I am short and never wear it because I can never figure out how to make it flattering. It is not waterfall but thick and boxy.

  12. Love the whole post! Teri is gorgeous!!!

    And, I’m with her on the over the knee boots. I would love to see more like this- I am *this* close to pulling the trigger on those very Blondo “Eden” waterproof ones- I live in New England and the snow seems as if it will NEVER be leaving. So, I think cost per wear is a cinch- but I am not sure how to wear them. She’s right- they feel so dramatic. And “off” with denim??? Show me the way shopping enabler. Show me the way…

  13. Help! I just got the Jeffrey Campbell Brit wrap strap boots and love the slouchy look for the reasons you mentioned. But… my skinny jeans are not totally skinny at the calves and ankles when tucked into the boots! I have the Paige Verdugo and MiH Bonn skinny so I can’t get much skinnier. Maybe it’s my non-existent calves or the fact that I’m only 5’1″? Ugh. Do I have a tailor take them in at the calves or do I go with a jegging which I don’t love for tush-related reasons? We have a lovely apartment in Brooklyn if you want to come stay and just help me get dressed : )

    • Mike and I were just talking about the fact that we’ve never actually been in Brooklyn! Sheesh! But Keri…we should be able to solve this problem. Have you tailored the skinnies to the right length, or have you been getting away with rolling them? (and it might be easier to shoot me a pic themomedit at gmail dot com)

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