How to wear bootcut jeans

How to wear bootcut jeans: the only guide you’ll need

1 March, 2023

With lots of different types of jeans out there, finding the right one for you and your figure can be difficult. Here we look at the one we think best suits all body shapes and silhouettes: the bootcut.

What are bootcut jeans, exactly?

Evergreen, practical, versatile and cool. That’s what comes to mind when we think of bootcut jeans. This type can be high-, mid- or low-waisted, is tight in the hips and thighs, but flares out from the knee to the ankle, where it ends. As it is cropped, it can be difficult to understand which shoes would be best to wear with it, but after reading this guide you will no longer be in doubt. Hint: it’s in the name!

Born in an era of ultimate self-expression, bootcut jeans burst onto the scene in the 1960s as part of the counterculture movement. It was a time when the status quo was being challenged by all means, including in fashion. Thus was born the custom jean, famous for its unfinished hems, DIY patchwork and brightly coloured embroidery. Flower children and suburbanites alike began splitting the seams of their straight-leg jeans and widening the leg openings by sewing panels of different fabrics, the ideal fit for wearing with boots. This improvised look eventually evolved into the flared and bootcut jeans as we know them today.

The differences between bootcut and flare jeans

For the untrained eye, bootcut and flare jeans might look alike, but if you look closely you’ll realise that the two are very different; choosing one or the other can change everything. As we said before, bootcut jeans fit around the hips and thighs, and flare from the knee to the ankle. The main difference with flare jeans is that these fit loosely and flared from the knee to the hem, much more than bootcut jeans. The fact that flare jeans are not cropped makes them easier to wear and perfect for verticalising the figure and making the legs appear longer. However, bootcut jeans can give you the same effect, if worn with the right shoes.

What silhouette wears the bootcut better?

In general, it’s always possible to find the ideal pair of jeans for your body type. In this case, we firmly believe that the bootcut can be worn by everyone, because it’s super flattering and versatile, meaning it’s perfect for every occasion, from work, to a walk in the park, to even a night out. Women with a triangle body shape will be impressed by how right this model is for their silhouette; its tightness around the hip is balanced by the flared leg, creating a harmonic and flattering silhouette that reminds us of the hourglass figure. If you’re petite, and you’re worried that the cropped style will make you look shorter, don’t be afraid. You’ll just need to wear the right shoes: use ankle boots or nude sandals that will help you verticalize the figure.

Looks with bootcut jeans

For a casual look, Jeanne decided to match her bootcut jeans in a light shade with a feminine blouse: an ideal combination for spring. Adding a pair of trainers is a good way to emphasise the sporty look, but this outfit just works great with any kind of shoes. We wanted to complete it with a lightweight coat, perfect for everyday wear and very practical. The moon bag adds a chic and trendy touch.

Casual look with bootcut jeans

For a casual look, Jeanne decided to match her bootcut jeans in a light shade with a feminine blouse: an ideal combination for spring. Adding a pair of trainers is a good way to emphasise the sporty look, but this outfit just works great with any kind of shoes. We wanted to complete it with a lightweight coat, perfect for everyday wear and very practical. The moon bag adds a chic and trendy touch.

Classic look with bootcut jeans

This outfit is perfect for those who refuse to give up denim, even for more formal occasions. Let’s recreate the Jeanne look, combining a darker shade of bootcut jeans with a flowing blouse (the bow on the front is optional, but keeps the rest very feminine). The blazer will give a classic touch to the ensemble, and combined with the slingback shoes, it all comes together in a classy and harmonious way.

Night look with bootcut jeans

Who said you can’t wear denim at night? We at Lookiero encourage you to do so, combining a lurex top (to give it a shiny touch) and a biker. For accessories: nude sandals that help verticalize the figure and make your legs look longer, and a simple mini bag containing your essentials. Jeanne would definitely approve!

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