As the denim debates rage on and straighter styles become more mainstream, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about how to wear crop flare jeans with boots this fall.
I think we can all agree that straight ankle jeans and crop flares pair easily with sandals and sneakers for summertime, but how are these styles going to work with boots when cooler weather comes along in a few months?
Unfortunately, these jeans are low inventory at the moment, but here are the Mother Insiders in other colors and washes, and here are some more crop flares at Nordstrom. Also, the Madewell Demi Boot is a good option, and a lot of those are on sale right now!
These jeans also have ripped knees and step hems with frayed edges, so they’re definitely on the more side, but I’ve actually been impressed by how versatile they are. I styled them into another outfit with a fine-gauge short-sleeve sweater and heeled sandals, for an interesting juxtaposition, so stay tuned for that! But back to the question at hand…
How do you wear crop flare jeans with boots for fall???
This combo works because the jeans just touch the top of the boot in the front, but they don’t buckle or lose their silhouette. In my perfect world, these jeans would be a half inch or so shorter, so there’s about an inch of skin showing between the hem of the jeans and the top of the boot, but it’s not a deal breaker.
It also helps that these booties do not have a tab on the back. I realized that, as I tried these jeans on with some of the other boots I brought home from the #NSale.
Take a look at the same outfit with the Marc Fisher Gadri Booties. They’re a similar style to the Vince Camuto Welland Booties, and both are a great deal at just under $100. But the Marc Fisher has a slightly higher shaft, plus that tab in the back, which catches the jeans when I move around.
The stylist who was helping me at Nordstrom last week said that wouldn’t bother her, but it’s not ideal. If you are taller (I’m 5’5″) or your jeans are an inch shorter, they’ll look better.
I also tried these jeans with a few of the higher shaft Chelsea boots.
The Louise Et Cie Varsan Platform Chelsea Boot is very comfortable in spite of the heel. It has a 6 1/2″ shaft, which is plenty tall to wear under these jeans, without risking the jeans getting caught up on it when you move around. These will come in handy when it gets colder, and I don’t want to bare my ankles.
But I like the Tory Burch Chelsea Lug Bootie even better with these crop flares because it has a slightly taller heel and an even slimmer shaft, for a more flattering silhouette. Either work, it just depends on the look you’re going for.
Finally, I tried these jeans on with the lower-heeled Vagabond Marja Cap Toe Bootie. These booties may look stiff, but they’e extremely comfortable. I highly recommend them for anyone with finicky feet. This bootie also has a 5″ slim shaft, so the jeans easily slide over top. (Size up in between.)
All of these looks work because the jeans either skim over the top of the boot, or the hem ends just above the shaft of the boot. (Even the white Marc Fisher boots are okay, but they’ll work better on taller girls, or with a slightly shorter pair of jeans.)
In the case of the featured outfit, I like how the light wash denim creates low contrast with the camel color of the boot. That way, you don’t visually chop up the line of the leg.
In fact, I kept the entire outfit on the lighter side of the color spectrum, with this white tee and open cardigan in a leafy green. This green Caslon Open Front Cardigan is the only cardigan I purchased at the #NSale this year.
I don’t wear cardigans that often, but I like to have a few options for transition season, and this one is really soft and comfortable. I love the extra long ribbed cuffs and the the seamless pocket design, and it’s the perfect mid-thigh length.
This green color is selling out, but there are some other color options available. And if you love this color, I highly recommend calling your local Nordstrom store. I saw a bunch of these on the rack at my store on Saturday, and a lot of ladies in our facebook community have reported seeing items in their stores that are showing up as sold out online.
If you don’t have a Nordstrom store nearby, keep checking back online because there will definitely be restocks as people start making returns. When something you really want pops up in your size, I recommend paying the expedited shipping — that will help ensure your order doesn’t get canceled before it can be fulfilled.
This white tee is a workhorse in my wardrobe all year-round. I pick up a fresh white one almost every year during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale because you can’t beat the $12 price tag. I wear it alone with jeans and shorts, or as a base layer with sweaters and jackets. It has a flattering scoop neck, and it runs true to size; I wear the small.
Also, don’t you love how this crossbody bag ties the whole look together? It is actually what inspired me to create this outfit.
FYI, the Vince Camuto Welland Booties run small. I recommend sizing up half, if ordering.
And these jeans also run small. I have other pairs in this style in my usual 28, but I sized up to the 29 in this pair. Mother Denim is pricey, but the quality is top notch, and they are the most comfortable denim I own. They’re also made in the USA.
I hope this post helps demystify how to wear crop flare jeans with boots this fall. (See other ways I’ve styled crop jeans, for more style inspiration.)
I’m excited to start playing around with more relaxed denim fits and booties as we head into transition season.
Of course, there is a lot of summer left, so I won’t be styling a ton of fall outfits just yet. I definitely have plenty of summer content planned, but I had so many questions about this topic, I was excited to share what I discovered!
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