Bye, Skinnies. Try-On Adventures With Bootcut (& Straight Leg) Jeans

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Laura and I have been on a Mission to Branch Out From A Skinny Jean Rut. But allow me to be very clear:  It’s January, so my skinny-jean-wearing days will continue until at least March. Maybe April. Skinnies are the only jean that look reliably cute with snow boots and/or over-the-knee boots, my two winter go-tos. But once Spring comes, watch me BLOOM into fresh new denim like a goddamn FLOWER.

That’s the idea, anyway. Here’s what I found thus far:

Six Cute Pairs of Bootcut (or Straight Leg) Jeans For Spring

1. AG Angel Flare (aka Bootcut) Jeans

True to form, these AG bootcut jeans are insanely soft, and have that perfectly faded wash that AG does so well. These remind me of my collage days (in the best possible way). The rise is lower than I would have expected for 2019, but HEY  It adds to the nostalgic charm.Are skinny jeans out? Hmm...We'll see. We're trying straight leg & bootcut jeans from our fav brands — AG, rag & bone, FRAME, MOTHER...#dressingroomselfies

Are skinny jeans out? Hmm...We'll see. We're trying straight leg & bootcut jeans from our fav brands — AG, rag & bone, FRAME, MOTHER...#dressingroomselfiesAre skinny jeans out? Hmm...We'll see. We're trying straight leg & bootcut jeans from our fav brands — AG, rag & bone, FRAME, MOTHER...#dressingroomselfies Beyond Yoga Sweatshirt (xs) – also here or Amazon | AG Bootcut (size 24) | Jeff Cambell Booties

2. FRAME Mini Bootcut

Similar to the AGs in wash and softness, these Frame mini bootcut jeans have a higher rise. I think they fit a little more snug, too.Are skinny jeans out? Hmm...We'll see. We're trying straight leg & bootcut jeans from our fav brands — AG, rag & bone, FRAME, MOTHER...#dressingroomselfies

Are skinny jeans out? Hmm...We'll see. We're trying straight leg & bootcut jeans from our fav brands — AG, rag & bone, FRAME, MOTHER...#dressingroomselfiesAre skinny jeans out? Hmm...We'll see. We're trying straight leg & bootcut jeans from our fav brands — AG, rag & bone, FRAME, MOTHER...#dressingroomselfies Beyond Yoga Sweatshirt (xs) – also here or Amazon | FRAME BootcutJeff Cambell Booties

3. GRLFRND Karolina Jeans

I’ve actually owned this pair for over a year now, and remembered that they were, in fact, straight leg jeans. I do like these, so why the hunt for another pair? Well….these jeans are just too legit. Their nod to nostalgia includes non-stretch, high-rise denim which is suuuuuper sexy (I love the way these look), but after a couple of hours I want to rip them from my body. I like breathing normally and eating too much. Ya know. Stuff like that.

Are skinny jeans out? Hmm...We'll see. We're trying straight leg & bootcut jeans from our fav brands — AG, rag & bone, FRAME, MOTHER...#dressingroomselfiesAre skinny jeans out? Hmm...We'll see. We're trying straight leg & bootcut jeans from our fav brands — AG, rag & bone, FRAME, MOTHER...#dressingroomselfiesAre skinny jeans out? Hmm...We'll see. We're trying straight leg & bootcut jeans from our fav brands — AG, rag & bone, FRAME, MOTHER...#dressingroomselfies
Beyond Yoga Sweatshirt (xs) – also here or Amazon | GRLFRND KarolinaJeff Cambell Booties | Adidas Superstars

4. MOTHER Denim Tomcat Jeans

I AM OBSESSED with MOTHER Denim’s Tomcat ankle jeans. High-rise, straight leg, they look cute with sneakers, too. I am keeping these. They come in a full-length, too, which I have on order.

Are skinny jeans out? Hmm...We'll see. We're trying straight leg & bootcut jeans from our fav brands — AG, rag & bone, FRAME, MOTHER...#dressingroomselfiesAre skinny jeans out? Hmm...We'll see. We're trying straight leg & bootcut jeans from our fav brands — AG, rag & bone, FRAME, MOTHER...#dressingroomselfiesAre skinny jeans out? Hmm...We'll see. We're trying straight leg & bootcut jeans from our fav brands — AG, rag & bone, FRAME, MOTHER...#dressingroomselfies Beyond Yoga Sweatshirt (xs) – also here or Amazon | Mother TomcatJeff Cambell Booties | Adidas Superstars

5. rag & bone Ankle Cigarette (No Stretch) Jeans

rag & bone rarely lets me down…but these rag & bone Ankle Cigarette Jeans in Farrah may be one of those times. The best part about these jeans is the wash…but like the GRLFND Karolinas, they’re made from non-stretch denim. And since rag & bone is always pretty tight on the legs, in non-stretch denim they’re REALLY tight. Even for my skinny bird legs. I suspect they’ll loosen with time, but I’M OLD ENOUGH TO BE LIKE NO.  NO THANK YOU.Are skinny jeans out? Hmm...We'll see. We're trying straight leg & bootcut jeans from our fav brands — AG, rag & bone, FRAME, MOTHER...#dressingroomselfies

Are skinny jeans out? Hmm...We'll see. We're trying straight leg & bootcut jeans from our fav brands — AG, rag & bone, FRAME, MOTHER...#dressingroomselfies

Streeeetch ’em out

Are skinny jeans out? Hmm...We'll see. We're trying straight leg & bootcut jeans from our fav brands — AG, rag & bone, FRAME, MOTHER...#dressingroomselfies Beyond Yoga Sweatshirt (xs) – also here or Amazon | rag & bone Ankle Jeans in FarrahJeff Cambell Booties | Adidas Superstars

6. rag & bone High-Rise Dre Jeans

rag & bone Dre’s have been my favorite boyfriend jean (or girlfriend jean, whatever) for years. So I was super-excited to see them with an updated, higher rise. And? I. LOVE. THEM. The only thing I didn’t love about this particular pair was the wash (too boring), but I’m keeping my eye out for another. I think this style will be around for a while.

Are skinny jeans out? Hmm...We'll see. We're trying straight leg & bootcut jeans from our fav brands — AG, rag & bone, FRAME, MOTHER...#dressingroomselfiesAre skinny jeans out? Hmm...We'll see. We're trying straight leg & bootcut jeans from our fav brands — AG, rag & bone, FRAME, MOTHER...#dressingroomselfiesAre skinny jeans out? Hmm...We'll see. We're trying straight leg & bootcut jeans from our fav brands — AG, rag & bone, FRAME, MOTHER...#dressingroomselfies Beyond Yoga Sweatshirt (xs) – also here or Amazon | rag & bone High-Rise DreJeff Cambell Booties | Adidas Superstars

Shop My Current Favs: Bootcut & Straight Leg Jeans

The jeans I tried on above, a few additional pairs I can personally vouch for, and some others that have caught my eye.

 

Which pair is your favorite? (And has anyone else had any luck?)

xo,

S

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Shana founded The Mom Edit in 2008. She lives with the love of her life (his name's Mike) and their two crazy boys in downtown Philadelphia. She loves a good styling challenge (her engineering side shows eventually), appreciates kindness, and usually picks scotch over wine, sneakers over stilettos, and denim-underwear, always.

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  1. I recently ordered two grand worth of straight leg jeans from Nordstrom (including many of those featured), determined to find a pair I like. I didn’t like ANY of them and ended up with Good American’s Good Curvy jean. If any tall girls are looking for a true high rise jean, THIS. IS. IT. This and the J Brand Natasha are the only high rise jeans that come above my belly button. If they made these in a straight leg, I’d be all over it. But for now, my calves will suffer a little for the sake of how dang good my waist looks in a true high rise!

    • It’s so freaking hard. That’s what I’ve been doing too, lately. Ordering all. the. jeans. and only liking a small portion. It’s a tough time for jeans.

  2. Can’t wait to try some of these. I am curvy, size 30 or so, and love the boyfriend/straight leg… but I have to find the right one since I’m pear-shaped and have bigger legs. I have a pair of Mother that I love and can’t wait to try these, too. Cuffs forever!

  3. Thank you! This is so helpful. I’m not super-tall (just average height), but I’m very high-waisted and a lot of supposedly high-rise jeans are not really high-rise on me. I’m going to try Good American! And in case this is helpful for you: The high-rise jeans that ARE a true high-rise on me are Madewell’s Slim Boyfriend and Classic Straight jeans, both of which hit right at my real waist (and come in tall lengths)!

  4. Lots of great options….but can I say that for me anything over 9.25 or 9.5 is ridiculous uncomfy! I mean I am literally cut directly in half. So from a short waist human I just cannot wait for this high raise bullshit to end. LOL. Love straight legs! Especially Mother The Rascal. It’s like they look high waist without actually being so. Ahhh yes the Heavens have opened an option up for me. And also YAY for light vintage washes. I mean I have found myself rocking the lighter washes this winter, like some kinda rebel. Keep up the good work Shana, you are very very appreciated!!!!

  5. Elizabeth Rafter on

    Your legs look like they’re 8 feet long in the AG and Frame bootcuts! I think it might be time to revisit that cut. I’m also thinking it’s time to pull the trigger on the rag & bone Dre jeans. I’ve been eyeing them forever and you can get them on sale right now!

  6. Here to rep the Madewell Classic Straight jeans! Literally, classic, straight jeans, slightly cropped (I’m 5’4.5″, so not as cropped as I’d like, but I cuff and have considered cutting the hem). Smidge bit of stretch, super high rise, incredibly flattering – women ask me about them all the time, and while my husband doesn’t “get the straight-leg jean thing” (his words) and even he admitted they look great.

  7. Really like the look of those Dres! Any chance you or Laura might be convinced to try the AG Isabelle? I’ve been finding it impossible to hit on a pair that works for tall, curvy and long-waisted.

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