This post was a reader request, and I just so happened to have these pictures in my queue, waiting for the perfect opportunity!
Here’s what she said: I need help with types of sandals to wear with bootcut jeans. I have no issue with boots and booties, but I struggle with what sandals to wear with them.
First, let’s discuss the jeans. Yes, bootcut jeans are making a comeback this spring, and we’re seeing all different lengths from crops to full-length flares.
These are the Mother The Hustler High Waist Fray Hem Ankle Bootcut Jeans. Whew, that’s a mouthful! The hem of ankle-length jeans should end right at or above the ankle bone, which is pretty much exactly where these hit on me.
They have a 27″ inseam, so keep that in mind if you are taller or shorter than I am. If you’re shorter, you can just cut them to the length you want. (I’m 5’5″, for reference.)
I know some of you are going to tell me that you aren’t a fan of this length, and they remind you of the “high waters” your mom used to make you wear back in the day because they were hand-me-downs or you were too tall to find jeans that fit properly.
You can certainly wear full-length bootcut jeans if you prefer, but I’m actually a huge fan of the ankle length. I love how it shows off the shoes, and revealing some skin at the ankle gives your legs some definition and can actually be more elongating and slimming than longer jeans.
The key is to be sure the overall proportions of the outfit are in check. Read more about the Rule of Thirds as it applies to fashion.
As for the sandals, I always prefer a bit of a heel with bootcut jeans, especially ankle-length and full-length styles. Wedges and block heel sandals are trending this spring, and even a kitten heel works well with ankle-length bootcut jeans. In other words, the heel doesn’t have to be super high to be flattering.
These are the Vince Camuto Molisana wedge sandals from Evereve, and I love the rattan wedge with woven platform combo. It makes them so summery and fun, and they pair well with straw bags as well as caramel and cognac shades.
I’m more likely to wear a flat sandal with cropped jeans because they allow a little more skin to show, which helps balance out the look. These are the Mother The Insider High Rise Crop Step Fray Hem Jeans, and they have a 26″ inseam.
The hem on a cropped pant should end an inch or two above the ankle bone. Because they show a little more skin than the ankle-length jeans, they work well with flat sandals (and also heels.)
Full-length bootcut jeans also work well with wedges and block heel sandals, but the issue I have with them is they sometimes get caught under my heel when I walk, especially in slides. I prefer a sandal with a back strap to avoid this.
These are the KUT from the Kloth Stella High Waist Raw Hem Flare Jeans, and they have a 31″ inseam. They could be longer and still look good, but I don’t mind this length either. Again, because of the raw hem, they can be cut if you want them shorter.
Okay, let’s get back to the original outfit! I found this top at Banana Republic Factory, and I’m really pleased with the quality for the price point.
It’s a rayon/poly blend, so lightweight and perfect for transition season. The scoop neck is flattering, and the banded hem and center front and back seams are nice details. I’m wearing my usual size small, for reference.
This bag is from last year, but there are a lot of similar styles available. The STAUD Bean Ruched Shoulder Bag in Tan is a good option, and I just discovered this Loeffer Randall Analeigh Ruched Clutch in the Dune color.
See more in my Top Handbag Trends for Spring 2022.
And don’t forget your shades! These brown tortoiseshell sunnies are a nice complement to the colors in this look. They’re softer than my usual black frames, and the oversized square shape adds a touch of glam to this dressed-up casual look.
This outfit makes a nice casual diner-out look while on vacation. I actually wore this to dinner at our resort one night when I was in Florida.
I also plan to wear this to church or to meet a friend for lunch this spring. I can’t wait for the weather to warm up enough to start going out and about without a coat!
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