Bootcut is BACK. These style tips will help you take full advantage of the classic cut.
When people say “classic jeans,” they’re likely talking about bootcut which…fun fact…earned its name when cowboys (circa 1850) needed pants that’d allow them to ride horses with enough calf space to fit their boots.
Alongside flared bell bottoms, bootcut jeans experienced a surge in popularity during the 1960s and 70s “hippie” era, especially after French activist Brigitte Bardot was photographed wearing a pair in 1966.
They went out of style for a hot sec since then but are not BACK and we couldn’t be happier. This cut is perfect for those looking to one-up skinny jeans with an extra dose of comfort and breathability around the ankle and thighs — especially when moving around a lot. Simply put, they provide the sleek look we love without the suffocating, I-can’t-get-these-jeans-off feeling we don’t.
We’ve already rounded up our favorite pairs of bootcut jeans. Now, we’re talkin’ outfit ideas. Here are our eight favorite ways to wear this classic cut.
Because bootcut jeans are a toned-down version of flare jeans that extend out between the knee and the ankle, we recommend wearing ‘em with high heels, whether it’s an ankle bootie, chunky heel (~so retro~), or strappy heel. 1-3 inches is the sweet spot so the heel will juuuuuuuust poke out.
Looking to style cropped bootcut jeans? While you can still of course wear heels (all the more power to you!), suede loafers would also look fab.
There’s no singular definition of “work-appropriate” clothing — it varies so, SO much by industry. Add the whole work from home trend into the mix, and what you end up with is an “office” that looks different for everyone. But the classic, dark-wash bootcut-blazer combo is always a safe bet for a business casual look.
Plus wedges, a tote, and a black floppy brimmed hat to complete the cute outfit.
Who wore turtlenecks and bootcut jeans as a kid growing up in the 90s? Anyone?!
We regret ever insulting this style, because TBH it’s comfy and functional and chic all at the same time and we’re thrilled it didn’t disappear forever (low-waist jeans, on the other hand…).
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That’s where Revelle comes in. When you join — which, BTW, doesn’t cost you anything — we’ll ask you a few questions about your beautiful body. From there, we work our magic (and by magic, we mean technology) to build your personal store. As you like (heart) and dislike (broken heart) jeans, we’ll get to know your tastes, preferences, and style even better so you can find your perfect pair.
If your bootcut jeans are high-waisted, feel free to make it a crop top! Bonus points in the edgy street style department if you have a black leather jacket to wear, too.
From rock ‘n roll, we make our way to preppy — a testament to the fact that bootcut jeans can indeed do it all.
Whether the belt sits higher up for a cinched waist look or is secure in the belt loops, you can’t go wrong.
We love pairing bodysuits with pretty much every type of jeans, but especially bootcut jeans. What a GREAT look — not to mention versatile. Looking for a more casual outfit? Pair with high-top sneakers or wedge sandals and toss on a shoulder bag. Layering a cardigan on top will give you a more refined silhouette that’s perfect for transitional seasons.
Interested in a wider flare? Wide leg may be the look for you. Here are ten of our favorite high-rise wide leg jeans, plus ten of our favorite white wide leg jeans.
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