When women are trying on boots, I am frequently asked this question:
I’m not sure what to do with my jeans and boots; do I tuck them into my boots, roll them up, show my ankle, or show my socks?
Part of it, I believe, boils down to our own personal preferences.
However, what I’m going to discuss in this article is what I’ve learnt over the course of almost ten years in the fashion industry. And all the small styling tricks stylists use to pair jeans with boots.
So, in this piece, I’ll share with you my own dos and don’ts when it comes to wearing boots with jeans.
Finally, I’ll show you how to make yourself appear taller when wearing boots with jeans with a simple hack.
I’ll be talking about four different pairs of ankle boots and four various colors and kinds of denim in this article.
Let’s take a look at the dos and don’ts of wearing boots with jeans.
We’ll start with a simple outfit of skinny jeans and ankle boots.
I think it’s pretty wonderful to show off a modest amount of ankle, around 1 to 1.5 centimeters, in my opinion.
My jeans were cut to the ideal length for me. When we buy new jeans, though, we realize this isn’t always the case. You have two options if your jeans are too long.
You may obviously get them shortened, or you can fold them up if you want them to be longer and more versatile.
When it comes to folding my pants, I prefer to do two tiny folds. Otherwise, you have the option of doing a single huge fold.
But I’m not a fan of this style with skinny jeans. I prefer this look with straight leg jeans, which I’ll discuss in more detail later.
When it comes to tucking jeans into ankle boots, I’m not a fan of the appearance, and I don’t see many fashion-conscious individuals wearing it either.
However, for me, there are two minor exceptions.
The first is that I believe skinny jeans can be tucked into combat boots, and the second is that skinny jeans and boots of the same color can be tucked together.
Straight leg blue denim is next. These jeans end up rubbing against my brown boots, which isn’t a good look. Because the jeans and boots are different colors and the jeans aren’t skinny, I wouldn’t tuck them in. So if I tried to tuck it in, it would look pretty messed up.
I’ve opted to roll them up into two thin rolls, allowing just enough area to reveal my ankles. This outfit would also look fantastic with a brighter colored top.
Straight leg jeans can also be folded in a single huge cuff. In this particular sort of outfit, I believe it looks fantastic.
This also looks great with wide-leg jeans and ankle boots, or even double-cuffed, bulkier boots. It all depends on the length of your denim and your own preference.
However, for individuals who live in colder climates, this style can be a terrific option. Because no one will notice if you wear three pairs of socks and some thermals to keep your ankles toasty.
Frayed jeans with ankle boots are one of my favorite looks.
If your legs are a little shorter, the frays may sit a little higher on top of the boots, which is a very trendy style right now.
Wide or straight leg jeans draping over boots come in a variety of styles.
This is a look that I adore, but it’s one that I find difficult to achieve because so many jeans crop on me. However, it has the potential to look incredibly fantastic. It’s an excellent choice for extremely chilly conditions.
I wouldn’t wear jeans over boots in this situation. This happens when the boots aren’t too tight around the ankle. When I move around in my jeans, they would be really visible.
Either a wider jean or a tighter ankle boot would be required.
If you don’t wear really short jeans with boots because of their length, you’ll have a huge ankle gap.
Wearing a boot that goes higher up my ankle would suffice. The issue has been resolved.
I’m going to circle back to the black skinny jeans.
I promised at the start that I’d discuss more about jean tucking and give a trick for looking taller.
Only slim jeans should be tucked in, according to my usual guideline. As a result, there is no strewn-about fabric.
Also, the ankle boots and jeans should be the same color. Black jeans with black boots are a simple way to accomplish this look.
Wearing the same color jeans and boots with no gap at the ankle might fool the eye and make your legs appear longer.
This doesn’t have to be limited to jeans. This can also be done with various types of pants.
At first glance, it’s difficult to discern where the legs end and the feet begin. The pointy toes on the boots add even more height.
How to Wear Boots With Different Jeans
Here is what to do with each specific pair of jeans.
Traditional Skinny Jean
You have a few options.
- Tuck the skinny jean into the ankle boot.
- Cuff the skinny jean once, a big long cuff.
- Do the double cuff, two small cuffs
- Do the J Crew roll or the 80s roll, where you pinch the side a little bit and then roll it up once or twice.
The jean should be just a hair above the tops of the boots in the ideal situation. You’ll need to modify for the height of your boots as well as the length of your jean.
A lot of bunching or the jean clashing with the boot isn’t what you want. You’d like them to get along.
The ankle boot and cropped jean are a marriage made in heaven. They’re a perfect match.
With an ankle boot, cropped jeans are a no-brainer. Because they’re cropped, the bottom of the jean doesn’t usually clash with the height of the boot.
What if you have a taller ankle boot with a jean that rubs up against the top of the boot? All I’d do is cuff the jean to get the balance between the boot and the jeans that we’re going for.
Split Hem Jean
This is when the bottom of the jean has a front split. This pair of jeans is perfect for framing a lovely pump, and I truly believe they were made to be worn with pumps. However, most of us are unable to wear pumps in the cold.
So either go with a classic ankle bootie, which I think looks terrific. A sock bootie is another possibility. They have a sock-like fit around the ankle.
Whether cropped or full-length, the sock bootie looks great underneath the split hem jean.
Zipper Bottom Jean
It’s the same concept as the split hem, so if you’re going to make the standard, more classic ankle bootie, just play with the zip until it finishes where the jeans will sit beautifully or flat against the ankle boot.
You can wear the same jean with a sock bootie, which will look great under that zipper jean.
Simply play with the zipper a little to get the jean to fall flat against the boot at the bottom.
Kick Flare Jean
This is essentially a cropped pair of jeans that is fitted through the thighs and legs before flaring out at the bottom.
Another pair of jeans that begs to be worn with an ankle bootie. It looks great with a sock bootie or a mid-calf bootie as well.
Underneath the kick flare jean, you can wear the higher boot, mid-calf boot, or sock bootie.
The standard ankle boot can be worn alone, while the sock bootie can be worn under the kick flare jean.
This kick flare is so cute, and it’s a lot of fun to play around with. I believe when you pair it with a sock bootie, it creates a really great long line because everything is monochromatic and one color.
If you have a taller boot, such as a mid-calf boot or a moto boot that’s a little bit taller than a conventional ankle bootie, I’d wear those over the jeans instead of trying to tuck them into a denim, whether it’s skinny, cropped, straight, or kick flare.
Over the jean, the moto or mid-calf will likewise look much better.
The over the knee or knee-high boot is one type of lats boot I’d like to discuss.
The knee-high boot, also known as an over-the-knee boot, is designed to be worn over a pair of slim jeans.
It’s not going to work with a kick flare or a crop jean since it’ll bunch up underneath the pants.
The finest look is achieved by layering it over a pair of skinny jeans or leggings.