How to Wear Combat Boots

Combat boots became popular during the early to mid-1990s, but they’re still very fashionable. These boots are rugged enough to create an intriguing contrast with fancier clothes and simple enough to work with casual outfits while giving them a slight touch of visual interest. You can easily use the boots to create an updated take on the grunge look that’s stylish, classy, and unique.

EditMaking Combat Boots Dressier
Choose a feminine dress for a sophisticated look. For a simple but classy outfit, pair combat boots with a short, structured dress in a solid color or bold print. If you want a more carefree look, opt for a longer, flowy dress that falls just above the top of the boots with a small print, like florals or mini polka dots.[1]
If you’re going to be wearing the outfit to work or school with a short dress, make sure it’s an appropriate length so you’re not violating the dress code.

A colourful dress should be the centre of your outfit so opt for black or grey combat boots so they don’t steal the show.

Coordinate a nice blouse with a pair of short boots. Choose a flowy blouse in a light color, like white, pastel pink, or pale yellow. Opt for a shirt with girly details like lace, ruffles, or frills. Tuck the top into a professional-looking skirt or cropped pants, and go for a pair of shorter boots to show off some ankle.[2]
For an edgier look, you can leave part of the shirt untucked to give a off a “high fashion” vibe.

To keep with the soft and feminine vibe of a blouse, stick to a warm brown combat boot unless you’re looking for contrast.

Wear a skirt with your boots for a feminine look. Go for a black, gray, or tan pencil skirt that hits just above the knee to keep the outfit looking balanced and professional. If you’re wearing a more structured top, select a looser skirt with ruffles or pleats.[3]
Avoid wearing a maxi skirt with your boots, as this can make the look unprofessional and disheveled by hiding the top edge of the shoes.

If it’s chilly outside, you can throw on a pair of opaque, black, or colored tights to keep your legs warm while also looking chic!

To add even more femininity to the look, look for lace or knit boot socks or cuffs. These can soften the look of structured black boots that might otherwise look out of place.

Put on a cardigan with ankle-height boots for a professional look. If you’re wearing a more structured top, add a fitted cardigan sweater over your shirt to make the look more sophisticated. You could also try out a lace cardigan with a simple blouse and pencil skirt for an ultra-feminine look.[4]
Cardigans are also great for keeping warm as the weather gets cooler. Keep one on hand to dress up any outfit when the temperatures cool down!

Pair cropped dress pants with shorter boots for an effortless, stylish outfit. Choose pants in dark colors like navy, brown, gray, or black. Go for a skinny or slim cut that falls just above the ankle, like cropped jeans or cigarette pants. If your pants are slightly too long, try rolling them up once to show a bit of skin between the top of the boot and the pants.[5]
For a dressy daytime look, wear black skinny jeans to create a slightly dressier look while elongating your leg.

EditDressing Down Your Boots
Wear tights or leggings tucked into slouchy combat boots. If the weather is a little chilly, keep your legs warm by throwing on a pair of leggings beneath your skirt and tuck them into the boots. Black or dark brown leggings will make your legs look slim to contrast with the chunkier boots, giving off a casual vibe.[6]
For a more feminine look, try wearing tights or leggings that have a slight shimmer to them to draw attention to your legs and shoes!

Get a pair of distressed or acid-wash skinny jeans for a 90’s-inspired look. Look for a pair of light-wash jeans with rips in the knee or a frayed hem. Opt for a baggier style, and roll up the hem 1-2 times to show off the top of your boots. If you already have a pair of regular light-wash jeans, you can rub sandpaper over the knees a few times to give them a destroyed look![7]
If you want to pay tribute to the 90’s in a more subtle way, simply pair the boots with light-wash jeans without rips or tears.

Opt for a simple t-shirt or sweater in a solid color for your top. A fitted t-shirt or tank top creates a very casual look that is suitable for an ordinary day around the town. If you want to go for something a little more special, you could opt for a fitted blouse, chunky sweater, or button-down shirt.[8]
Plain colors are ideal for a laid back look, but a bold pattern in a vibrant color can also make a fashionable statement.

Put on a loose plaid shirt to pay homage to the grunge era. To give your tribute to grunge an update, choose a shirt that nips in slightly at the natural waist and leave it partially or fully unbuttoned to reveal your shirt underneath. Stick to the classic red-and-black color scheme, or go for something a little more modern like yellow-and-black or blue-and-black.[9]
If you don’t want to wear the shirt all day, try tying it around your waist with the sleeves in a knot in the front of your body.

Tie the boots loosely for a disheveled look. Most traditional pairs of combat boots have tight, heavy-duty laces that go up the front of the boots. Untie them and pull on the laces in various sections to make them look mismatched and undone. For an even more casual look on shorter boots, you can remove the laces altogether as long as your foot stays in the boot.
For taller boots, it’s best to leave the laces in and untie them slightly. Removing the lace completely can make it difficult to walk!

EditChoosing a Pair of Boots for Your Look
Wear a pair of rugged combat boots for a laid-back style. Choose a broken-in pair of combat boots that have been scuffed or polished to make the leather softer. These boots will likely be more comfortable, but won’t have a structured look to them.[10]

Go for polished, new-looking boots for dressing up. Worn boots are often too casual for dressing up. Choose a pair of newer, structured boots that haven’t had much wear for a cohesive look. Pick a classic pair in black or brown leather, and make sure there are no scuffs or marks on the material.[11]
There are also many new combat boots available in vegan leather, which is a newer development in fashion. Most vintage boots are made of traditional leather products.

Opt for colored boots to add some interest to your outfit. Go for a bright color like red or white, which will coordinate with many outfits. Make sure the color is uniform all over the boot, with no discoloration on the toe or heel area, which can be a sign of wear.[12]
Make sure you choose a color that will go with what you normally wear. For example, if you wear a lot of bright, light colors, like pastels and light-wash jeans, white boots will pair perfectly with these color schemes.

Pick a pair of boots with embellishments for a hint of femininity. Search online or in stores around the autumn and winter months to find boots with rhinestone studs, buckles, or embroidery. Choose a pair that are sturdy, and try on the boots make sure the embellishments don’t affect the fit of the shoes.[13]
Keep in mind that boots with a lot of rhinestones and embellishments may begin to look worn fairly quickly, since some rhinestones might fall off. Save the receipt and take the boots back to the store if this happens within the store’s time frame for returns. For higher end brands, the store will often replace or repair the boots for you.

Choose a boot with a chunky heel to elongate your legs. Combat boots tend to have a slight heel. If you’re looking for a more feminine pair, try on boots have have a heel, which can make you look taller.[14]
Make sure you can walk in the boots comfortably before you purchase them!

Try not to put too much thought into your outfit. Combat boots are considered a very “cool” piece of clothing, so your outfit should look put-together, but not overly planned!

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Today in History for 13th December 2018

Historical Events

1545 – Council of Trent (19th ecumenical council) opened by Pope Paul III
1920 – Netherland breaks contact with Kingdom of Serbia, Croatia and Slavia
1966 – Test debut of Clive Lloyd, v India Bombay, 82 and 78
1993 – Dow Jones hits record 3764.43
2001 – “A Beautiful Mind” based on the bio by Sylvia Nasar, directed by Ron Howard and starring Russell Crowe premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 2002)
2001 – Indian Parliament Sansad attacked by terrorists. 15 people killed, including all terrorists

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Famous Birthdays

1918 – Bill Vukovich, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1953-4), born in Fresno, California (d. 1955)
1923 – Antoni Tapies, painter, sculptor, and theorist (Dau al Set), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2012)
1925 – Dick Van Dyke, West Plains Mo, actor (Rob Petrie-Dick Van Dyke Show)
1943 – Margaret “Marti” Webb, British actress and singer (Evita, Tell Me on a Sunday), born in Hampstead, London
1959 – John Whitaker, actor (Family Affair, Snowball Expr), born in Van Nuys, California
1972 – GiGi Gordon, Butler PA, Miss America-Pennsylvania (1997)

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Famous Deaths

1693 – Dodoftei, Romanian metropolitan of Moldavia/writer (Saint Lives), dies
1814 – Charles Joseph Prince of Ligne, Belgium fieldmarshal/author, dies at 79
1932 – Georgios Jakobides, Greek painter (b. 1853)
1945 – Robert van Genechten, Dutch Nazi (NSB), commits suicide
1958 – Ahmed Mukhtar Baban, premier of Iraq, executed
1974 – John G. Bennett, British scientist and author, dies at 77

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How to Wrap a Round Gift

Wrapping gifts can be fun, but it gets tough when you’re wrapping up oddly-shaped objects, especially circular ones. They don’t have edges, so it’s hard to know where to fold your paper without wrinkling it or making the present look awkward and bulky. With some strategic folding and cutting, though, you can wrap up that round ball or cylinder like a pro!

EditTwist-Wrapping a Spherical Present
Cut a long piece of wrapping paper. You’ll need a length of wrapping paper that’s longer than it is wide, but it should be wide enough to cover the gift completely. When the gift is in the center of the paper, you should have at least a few inches of paper left over on either side.
The exact size of the paper depends on the size of your gift. It’s better to err on the side of caution, though, since you can always trim off extra paper at the end.

Slide a bowl under your wrapping paper and place the gift on top. Putting your gift on top of a bowl or a large roll of tape will give it something to stand up on, which will make it easier for you to wrap. Once you’ve slid the bowl under, place your gift on top and slide it so it’s in the center of your paper.[1]
The short sides should be to the left and right of the gift, and the long sides should be in front and behind it.

Use a bowl or a roll that’s small enough to hold your object up without letting it slip through.

Pull the wrapping paper to the top of the object. With one hand, reach across your gift and pull the long side of the wrapping paper towards you, bending it up and over the top. Make sure it reaches the center of your gift, and let the excess paper jut out to the sides.[2]

Crease the wrapping paper gently, going around the ball to cover it. Holding the edge of the wrapping paper against the top of the gift in one hand. With the other, start to gather the rest of the paper and gently fold it into the top. Collect the paper in one hand as you move around the gift.[3]
You can make the folds large or small, depending on the size of the gift and the look you’re going for.

As you get to the other side of the ball, switch hands so that you’re folding with the hand closest to the unbent paper.

Tie the excess paper at the top with a ribbon. Once you’ve gathered all the wrapping paper at the top, use a ribbon to tie it into place. You can also apply some tape to make it extra secure. Then, cut the excess wrapping at the top until it’s a few inches long, or whatever looks best.[4]
Cut your ribbon before you start wrapping so you don’t have to hold the paper and cut the ribbon at the same time.

EditFolding Wrapping Paper for a Spherical Gift
Place the object in the center of your wrapping paper. Cut your paper, measuring first to make sure it covers the whole gift. Then, set your gift in the middle so that the long sides are in front and behind it, and the short sides are to either side.[5]

Fold the long sides of the paper over the object and tape them in place. Grab the long side that’s furthest from you and pull it over the top of the gift, then do the same with the other long side. Make sure they overlap and that there’s no gap. Then, use a piece of tape to secure them in place.[6]
If your gift is larger, you might need a bigger piece of tape, or even a few separate ones. Use your best judgment to see what works the best.

Make triangular folds at one end of the gift. At one of the open ends, pull the wrapping paper down so that it’s flush against the gift. Then, pull one side in to create a triangular fold towards the center. Repeat on the other side until you have one pointed flap of fabric sticking out.[7]
Pull the side flaps in as tightly as you can to make the wrapping neat.

Pull up the bottom flap and tape it in place. Continue to hold the side flaps tightly against the center. Then, take the bottom flap and press it up against the gift. Use a small piece of tape to hold it in place.[8]

Repeat on the other end of the gift. Do the same holding, folding, and taping steps on the other side of the gift to complete your wrapping job. Gently pull out any crinkles at the corners to give it a neater overall look.[9]

EditWrapping a Cylindrical Gift
Set the cylinder on its side in the middle of the wrapping paper. Place the gift close enough to the edge so that if you bend the paper up towards the flat end of the object, it hits right at the middle. Make sure the paper is long enough to fully wrap around the gift with at least of overlap.[10]
The flat ends of the gift should be facing the long sides of the paper.

Roll and tape the short ends of the paper over the gift. Take one of the short ends and pull it up and over the curved side of the cylinder. Hold it in place while you do the same with the other end. Then, tape it into place with a strip of tape as long as the overlapping side.[11]
For a neater look, you can use double-sided tape. Before you pull the paper over the gift, place it on the underside of one edge of paper, then roll the paper and smoothe the tape into place.

Bend the top edge over one flat end of the gift. Making sure that the gift is still center in the paper tube, carefully fold the top edge of the paper over one of the flat sides. Crease it neatly and as close to the object as you can.[12]

Fold a diagonal triangle crease towards the center. Hold the top of the paper in place. Then, pinch the paper slightly on one side and pull it gently in. Make a sharp, diagonal crease that points toward the center of the flat, circular end.[13]

Make a second, overlapping diagonal crease. Pinch a bit of the loose paper next to the crease you just made and do the same thing. Make a neat, diagonal fold that overlaps the fold you just made.[14]
Hold the two creases in place tightly with one hand.

Repeat the creases all around the flat end. Continue making overlapping creases across the flat end of the gift, eventually moving down to the bottom half of the paper. Make them as tight as possible so they stay in place while you move across the gift. When all the creases are finished, it should look a bit like a spiral at the flat end of the gift.[15]
You can roll the gift as you go to make it easier to fold.

Secure the center with a piece of tape. Once all the creases are completed, take a small piece of tape and place it right over the center of the flat end, where all of the creases point to. Repeat on the second flat end of the cylinder to complete the wrapping[16]
If you want to hide the center of the creases, tie or stick a bow over it.

Choose a strong, durable wrapping paper in an intricate pattern, if possible, which will help hide any mistakes you make while wrapping.[17]
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Wrapping paper



Ribbon or bow

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