Why I don’t like bootcut jeans

Why I don't like bootcut jeans @kimbalikes #kimbalikes kimbalikes.com

I debuted my first pair of flared jeans since the early 2000s in the weekend.  For a clothing item that was so comfortable to wear, I was surprisingly out of my comfort zone.  I’ve lived in skinny jeans and boyfriend jeans for so long that it took some getting used to.

Flared jeans are not bell bottoms – 1960s bell bottoms were looser through the thighs than modern flares.  They’re not bootcut jeans – which are more like a straight cut jean with a slight taper from the knee.

Flared jeans are more fitted through the thighs with a distinct flare from the knee to the hem.

I love a pair of skinnies.  I adore a pair of boyfriend jeans.  I’ll rock a pair of carrot leg jeans.  Trouser jeans even have a place in my wardrobe.  I’ll even wear a pair of straights (I like skinny straights).  I’m not fond of wide legged jeans – wide from the thighs down to the hem – as they make me look wide.  However, a wide legged draped pants style channels 1940s elegance. I’m on the lookout for a pair.

But the jean style I really loathe – and will never ever wear again – is bootcut jeans.  A bootcut jean is the work of the devil.

This is relatively controversial as they are known as the universally flattering jean.  I think they’re universally ugly, myself.

Why I don’t like bootcut jeans

Bootcut jeans are wider through the thigh and narrower through the bottom of the leg, than a pair of flared jeans. I think they often look like they don’t fit properly. If you want to look like you have wider thighs, then bootcut jeans are for you.

Why I don’t like bootcut jeans is that they make lots of legs actually look bigger than they really are. They’re particularly unfl
attering in a softer stretchy denim, where they sort of flap around the legs.

I went out and about in the weekend, and found myself on a denim mission. I noticed how often bootcut jeans were worn a little bit too short, so any leg lengthening effect is ruined. High waisted straight leg jeans are having a fashion moment – they’re called Mom Jeans and are worn by all the groovy young things.  Love some fashion irony!

I think bootcut jeans are the new Mom Jeans – and not in a good way.  They’re not cool and they’re not flattering.

Women have been told for years that a pair of bootcut jeans will balance out your hips. A floor length pair of beautifully cut wide legged trousers will do that. So will a worn-to-the-floor pair of flared jeans. Teamed with a platform soled shoe, the leg lengthening ability of a pair of flared jeans cannot be underestimated.

If you want to balance out a pair of hips, then a mid rise pair of flared jeans with a fitted thigh and floor length flared leg from the knee will be your best best.  Bootcut jeans don’t achieve this balance because they’re too loose through the thigh and not wide enough at the base to fulfil the balancing objective.

Both are hard to wear without heels or platforms though. Check out my tips for the best shoes for flared jeans.

I saw a groovy granny in the weekend wearing a pair of jeans, a Breton striped tee and a natty scarf tied around her neck, with a beret.  I sold her a fitted white blazer at my Rozelle Markets stall and she rocked it! I cannot get over the adorableness of a padded baby bottom in a pair of teensy jeans.  What’s your favourite style of jeans?

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  • EssentiallyJess - 14 April 2015 - 9.56 pm

    Oh I love bootcuts. I’ve always found them more flattering my than skinny jeans, though I’m finally getting on board with them. That’s typical for me; liking something just as the new thing comes into fashion 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Gayel Stewart-Airs - 14 April 2015 - 12.09 pm

    AGREE ENTIRELY! I just cannot go back ever again.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Pienaar - 14 April 2015 - 11.47 am

    I have thick calves…. Bootlegs balance my legs out …. I have had my own hate campaign against skinny jeans so I hear your anguish lolReplyCancel

  • Style on V - 24 March 2015 - 5.11 am

    I am not a fan of the bootcut either and I really dislike flares also. Great post. V xReplyCancel

  • Rachel from Redcliffe Style - 23 March 2015 - 7.35 pm

    Bootcut looks dreadful on me. I think they can look great on other people but it you want to camouflage hips and thighs, they are the wrong jeans. RachelReplyCancel

    • Kimba - 23 March 2015 - 8.42 pm

      Yep, some people can rock them. I’m not one of them either – you might have guessed!

      We have been mislead over the years that they’re universally flattering, and that they work to balance out a figure.

      Same as the A Line skirt, which is supposed to suit everyone and does nothing for many of us!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Colley - 23 March 2015 - 7.10 pm

    Say no to bootcut!!
    They’ll be fashionable again some time, but say no again then too!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Mckenzie - 23 March 2015 - 6.06 pm

    I am with you on the boot cut jeans I hate them Kimba my faves are the skinny and the BF Jean in a slim cut ,but I am on the petite side and not too tall so they suit my figure!ReplyCancel

  • Tia Porter - 23 March 2015 - 5.45 am

    Just like any type of clothing, the natural shape of your body will have a tremendous influence on the cut of clothes you can successfully wear. For some people, Bootcut works. Also, for many, many years, you had one choice of cut in anything larger than a size 18. Bootcut. Some clothing brands are now introducing straights and skinny jeans. I’m now experimenting with these other cuts, although jeans are not, and have never been my favourite article of clothing.ReplyCancel

  • Sonia Bavistock - 23 March 2015 - 3.56 am

    I’m so glad someone else thinks bootcut jeans are hideous and make you look bigger than you are! I’ve felt this way for years. Ban the bootcut! Tee hee! xReplyCancel

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