Whilst straight leg, low-rise and super baggy styles have all had their moment in 2023, the oft-forgotten bootcut jean seems to have fallen off the fashion radar. Once a mainstay in every It girl’s wardrobe in the nineties and noughties, who would have thought it would be Catherine, Princess of Wales bringing the style back on to our radar in 2023 with a very royal twist.
Styling her dark-wash cropped bootcut denim with a quintessentially British quilted coat from UK heritage brand, Burberry, Kate Middleton also layered a thick navy turtleneck underneath her plaid-printed jacket. As Middleton was attending an event in Moray, Scotland, she called upon a reliable chunky Chelsea boot to protect her from the Scottish elements. Proving she’s a devoted fan, just two days ago the Princess was spotted styling the same pair of Chelsea boots from British brand Reiss. Styling a look reminiscent of Princess Anne circa 1978, the Princess completed her outfit with a poppy badge as a nod to the forthcoming Remembrance Day.
On Catherine, Princess of Wales: Burberry Quilted Jacket (£1190), Mother The Weekender Jeans (£305), Reiss Chelsea boots (£198). Whilst bootcut jeans had been yet to enjoy their moment this year, this recent sighting has come at the perfect time. With the autumn chill setting in, there’s no better time to layer your favourite boots underneath the perfectly-cut pair of jeans. In an unexpected twist of fashion fate, Kate Middleton wasn’t the only style icon that we spotted wearing a classic bootcut jean yesterday. Styling hers up for an evening-outing, Rosie Huntington Whiteley wore her jet-back pair with a black high-neck top and black leather jacket.
For its leg-elongating credentials that can rival that of a high-heel, it’s high time we received the staple jean style back into our rotation. Pair it this season with chunky boots á la The Princess, or with a stappy sandal as per Huntington Whiteley. Read on to shop our edit of the best bootcut jeans to buy now.
Shop The Princess’s favourite mini-flares.
These mid-rise boot leg jeans will layer perfectly with knee-high of ankle grazing boots.
Boot cut jeans style equally well with slingbacks and strappy sandals as they do jeans.
Dark-wash denim is a rising trend for the autumn/winter months.
Wear these leg-skimming jeans with an oversized knit, or classic quite coat.
For their leg-elongating properties, it’s a wonder why we ever left bootcuts behind…
Wear with a silky top on a night out, or style with a classic button-down for a day in the office.
Flare jeans style well with a slight heel, but look equally chic with a loafer or ballet flat.
Universally flattering, bootcut jeans the denim trend that will continue falling back into fashion.
So retro, so chic.
I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect mid-wash jeans, and these might just be them.
Add a ’70s twist to your capsule wardrobe.
Style with suede and wool for the perfect ’70s inspired weekend look.