Selena Gomez proves boots with formalwear is in for 2023—here’s how to wear it

Here's how to replicate Selena's boots with formalwear look...

Selena Gomez boots and formalwear: Selena Gomez is seen filming "Only Murders in the Building" while wearing a wedding dress in the Upper West Side on March 21, 2023 in New York City/ alongside two product images of Dr Marten boots in a pink template
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We hear wedding bells—and no, they're not for the Rare Beauty mogul but rather for us and Selena Gomez's boots with formalwear combo, because we're in love. Here's how to recreate her effortless, cool-girl look for your next event or party...

In case you were worried that you'd missed a major development in the Selena Gomez dating sitch and were frantically searching "is Selena Gomez getting married?"—no, the singer/actress isn't getting ready to head down the aisle, though the same can't be said for Mabel in Only Murders In The Building season 3, it seems.

Selena has sent OMITB fans into full detective mode after she posted a snap of herself in a poufy wedding dress, complete with white, platform boots on the set of the show's third season—but while viewers theorize over who she could be getting hitched to, we're rather distracted by her styling combo. Here's why we'll be swapping our heels out for a pair of chunky boots in our capsule wardrobe and how to wear Selena's cool formalwear look IRL...

Selena Gomez' boots with formalwear look

If you've missed all this Selena Gomez married drama, the Rare Beauty founder took to her Instagram to whip her followers into a frenzy, as she posted two snaps of herself, sitting on the floor, clad in a tulle and lace wedding dress and white, platform Dr. Martens, as she captioned the post "I have no caption. Just a regular day at work. @onlymurdershulu." The can of Coca-Cola is also iconic.

Selena Gomez's wedding dress of course raises some very interesting theories about season 3, which we're already counting down the days to—what with Meryl Streep joining the cast and all—but it's also proved to us that formalwear doesn't have to be what it historically has been. Change is a comin' friends!

Selena has singlehandedly proved that even a wedding dress can look cool as hell when styled with a pair of contrasting, chunky boots—not to mention way more comfortable than some stilettos or strappy kitten heels. As one fan commented: "I actually like the combo gown + white boots 😍."

So, if you're someone who always finds that heels or formal shoes just push your date night or event looks over the edge of being 'too formal', you don't feel confident or comfortable walking in heels or they just simply don't feel like you—honestly, we get you—why not take some styling tips for the most followed woman on IG?

As we can see, Selena is wearing a traditional, lacey wedding dress that is, of course, very ethereal and elegant—but when paired with a pair of white platform Dr. Martens, it gives the outfit whole a new vibe. It injects personality and versatility and just seems so effortlessly cool—plus it's an ensemble you can recreate on the daily...probably not with a wedding dress, but whatever floats your boat.

How to copy Selena Gomez's boots with formalwear look IRL

The trend of boots with dresses is nothing new, but when it comes to formal parties or events, sometimes we can forget that there are other options as opposed to blisters and an achy back that usually come as a package deal with heels.

From 90s slip dresses to summer dresses, your can pair them all with a pair of Dr. Martens (like Selena's) or any kind of boot really—though we'd opt for the chunky kind. Even the celeb-approved sheer dress trend would be perfectly complimented with some boots and an oversized blazer...


Dr. Martens Sinclair Milled Nappa Leather Platform Boots 

RRP: $200

So, if you were hoping to recreate Selena's exact book look, these are the very pair of Docs she's wearing on her IG.

They feature the iconic yellow stitching and have a middle zipper, making them easy to pull on and off, along with a chunky black sole.


Dr. Martens Jadon' Boot (Unisex)

RRP: $200

If you were after something more minimal and classic, these leather platforms are a good way to go.

These will work with everything, from trousers and jeans in the winter to cute mini skirts and dresses come summertime.


ASOS DESIGN Amsterdam Chunky Zip Front Ankle Boots 

RRP: $57

If you're on the hunt for a budget alternative to Selena's boots, these combat-style, zip-up boots from ASOS are a great swap.

They're available in regular and wide, and in sizes 4 to 12.

A pair of boots with a skirt or dress works for all seasons, as you can pair the look with tights, and cozy socks and layer the outfit with a coat. Platforms can also really elevate and spice up a more basic or simple dress, which you can then accessorize with gold huggie earrings and a cute mini bag. 

Thanks to Selena, we can see platform boots and dresses having a major moment in the months to come—and our feet are eternally grateful...

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team, where she covers everything from entertainment to fashion and beauty, as well as TikTok trends for Woman&Home, after previously writing for My Imperfect Life and GoodTo. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but lept into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing and earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ.

Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.