Fashion Friday: Are Boot Cut Jeans the New Mom Jean?

Reader Whitney says: I’m hearing lots of talk on fashion blogs about bootcut jeans being the new “mom jeans.” I’m not sure what I think about this – what about you?

I say: Funny thing happened the other day when I was at the Philadelphia Premium Outlets.  I discovered a brand new, okay, four-week-old addition to the offerings at the mall — a Joes Jeans Store.

Be still my beating heart!

Of course I had to wander in and check it out, although my recent shopping splurge in Seattle prevented me from trying on anything.  I know better than to tempt fate.  Once I start taking jeans into the dressing room, I’m destined to buy a pair.  What can I say, I’m a cheap date.  Okay, so I’m not so sure about the cheap part.  But when it comes to denim, I’m easy.

As I perused the styles, I picked up a boot cut jean that had a great casual wash — distressed without being juvenile.  They were a great pair of jeans. I knew this post was in the works, and I take my research VERY SERIOUSLY so I asked the sales girl working, who is approximately 12 years old, if she still sells a lot of boot cut jeans.

Yes, she replied, as a matter of fact, we do.

So you don’t think they’re going out of style just yet? I pressed.

No, she said.  I think boot cut jeans are one of those things that will always be in style.  They’re just a classic.

I laughed knowingly and replied in my most patronizing tone, Oh, no my dear.  EVERYTHING goes out of style eventually.  I’m a child of the 80s.  I remember when boot jeans were unheard of.  They’ll be on their way out before you know it.

Okay, I really wasn’t snotty.  I promise.

So what did you have? she asked innocently? Flares?


So I regaled her with tales of the 80s and what we believed at the time to be the “classic” style of pant — tapered with pleats, of course.  While that was a fad I certainly don’t miss, I believe we need to come to terms with the fact that all good things must come to an end, and I’m pretty sure that at some point, we will say good-bye to the boot cut jean for a time.  Hey, don’t shoot the messenger.

But I do not think we’re there yet.  Since Whitney posed that question, I’ve been paying attention. I was paying especially close attention when I was in Seattle, because I kind of expected it to be all skinny jeans all the time out there.  But it wasn’t.  There were a lot of stylish women wearing boot cut jeans and looking fabulous, including the young woman who helped me with my denim purchase at Nordstrom.  (I opted for a straight leg, by the way.  They are the ones I was wearing with the sequin top in last week’s CAbi post.)

I do feel that skinny jeans (or straight jeans) look more modern, but it will take me a while to get rid of all my bootcuts.  I’m phasing them out, but I still wear them with heels.  When I’m wearing flats, I opt for one of my straight leg styles.

All that to say, I’m not ready to declare boot cut jeans the new mom jean just yet.  I think the key is how you wear them.

What do you say? Are boot cut jeans becoming the new mom jean?  Is it only a matter of time?  Or will they indeed become a classic?  Is anything TRULY classic? As in, it won’t go out of style, EVER?