Jeans Trends Part 3
Bootcut & Flared Jeans
If you count yourself among those of us who remember the flared styles of the 70’s, you are probably doing a secret happy dance about the return of these jeans styles to “in.” Jeans that are constructed with volume at the hem are very figure flattering for almost everyone as the width of the bottom of the jeans leg balances the hips for a complimentary shape.
I don’t know if the flared jeans style was ever totally “out,” but it’s not a style we’ve seen a lot over the past 10 or 15 years.
But . . . they’re b-a-a-a-c-k!
I thought it would be fun to focus this post on what styles of shoes you can pair with bootcut and flared jeans.
Bootcut jeans are tailored straight from the waist to the knee and then flare slightly to the ankle. Like the name suggests, bootcut jeans were designed to allow wearing jeans with boots, first for sailors in the late 1800s and later becoming popular with cowboys due to their ease of wearing with boots.
The bootcut jeans I’m showing in this post are by Mother Denim, purchased a long time ago. White House Black Market offers a very similar pair for a more budget friendly price, the Mid-Rise Everyday Soft Denim Bootcut Jeans.
Not surprisingly, bootcut jeans look great with boots. I prefer to wear them with booties (short boots) rather than tall boots to avoid the jeans getting hung up at the top of a tall boot. The length of the jeans and the small flare along with the pointed toe boot give the illusion of length to the leg. The western-inspired style of these boots really looks like it was made for this style of jeans.
A pointed toe pump is another leg lengthening look when paired with bootcut jeans. Pairing pumps with jeans is a way to dress up a casual look. Add a dressy top along with the pumps and the look can take you out on the town. The black pumps with the dark denim is elongating to the leg. But try pumps in a fun color for a sophisticated twist.
As we move into fall, we will still have some warm weather days, and a pair of platform sandals lightens up the look of dark denim. Another trick to giving jeans a less wintry vibe is to wear light colored denim.
Paired with sneakers, the bootcut jeans take on a very casual. There’s a trick, though, to wearing a flat shoe with a flared jeans style – make sure the jeans aren’t too long for the style and end up looking sloppy or dragging on the floor.
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Flared jeans offer a wider leg opening than bootcut jeans. They can range from a moderate flare, like the ones I’m modeling, to a wide, almost bell bottom leg opening. In most cases, you need to commit to a specific heel height that you’ll wear with a flare style jeans. It’s difficult to get the length right to look good with heels as well as flat shoes. The hem of the jeans should be only an inch or so from the floor.
These flared jeans are another style from White House Black Market – the High-Rise Sculpt Skinny Flare Jeans (the two previous posts feature WHBM jeans styles as well). They are very comfortable; the website does the best job of describing their features: “Stretchy yet firm material lifts and sculpts your lower half for a customized fit. Added into the high-rise waistband is a smoothing panel that will hold you in and flatten your midsection. All of these features create a flattering silhouette and a polished and sophisticated pair of jeans.”
I’ve become a fan of WHBM jeans over the past couple of years. They fit well, are good quality, and they won’t break the bank. I find they run a little big and usually size down.
Flared jeans pair perfectly with most boot styles. I’ve paired these flares with a chunky bootie. A point toe boot would give an appearance of a more elongated leg.
In the jeans world, dark denim is a look that can easily take you from day to night. The dark wash is a “dressier” jeans look. Pairing the jeans with a jewel tone, lustrous satin, or sleek black top can really elevate the look of a dark wash denim. I’ve paired these dark flared jeans with a somewhat casual sweater and pointed toe pumps. This shoe style is an accessory that dresses up the dark denim flares.
Add a Long Topper
Adding a long cardigan or coat to a pair of long flared or bootcut jeans is another way to lengthen your look. For shorter women, keep the length of the topper above the knee to avoid looking overwhelmed by the clothes. If you’re taller (I’m 5’6″) you can likely wear a topper that hits at the knee or below for a slimming and lengthening profile.
Browse Bootcut Jeans
I’ve curated a fairly robust selection of bootcut jeans styles at a variety of price points. Bootcut jeans are an easy transition style – between straight and flare.
Browse Flared Jeans
Ready for a little more flair in your life (pun intended)?! Embrace the flared jeans look for a combination of throwback and current.