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Bootcut vs. Flared Jeans: How to Tell Them Apart

Yup, there's a difference!
Bootcut vs. Flared Jeans: How to Tell Them Apart
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Yup, there's a difference!

It's a '90s versus '70s showdown via this denim debate! “The bootcut is back,” declares Kelly Connor, Vogue.com's Market and Denim Editor. “They’re flattering, lengthening, and perfect for those who aren’t so into the full, high-rise flares we’ve been seeing everywhere.” Okay, cool, but how exactly can a girl tell the difference? Below, we give you six sartorial stars who can teach you a thing or two about jean-eology:

Fact 1: Flared jeans can simultaneously be wide-leg pants! Bootcut, on the other hand, sways closer to a straight-tapered style.

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Let's battle things out in light washes! Chiara Ferragni is all-out '90s in distressed bootcut jeans, a cropped black tee, velvet choker, and boxy striped jacket, while Kate Bosworth sruts the minimalist route in a nude turtleneck and sleek longline coat. Note the on-trend unhemmed detail on her cropped flares!

Fact 2: The shape of a bootcut jean curves outward nearer the ankle; a flare widens just below the knee.

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Round two is looking like a joust between medium washes. We love how Justine Lee teams her bootcut denims with a ruffled, high-necked shirt for a look that's a roughened-up take on Victoriana. Annabel Rosendahl, on the other hand, goes for equestrienne chic, topping her flares with a leather-cinched Prince of Wales-checked blazer.

Fact 3: Measurements are pretty specific! Anything with a leg opening between 17" and 20" is bootcut, while 21" and above is a flare.

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Dark washes are dueling this time around. Coco Rocha keeps casual in ultra-lengthening bootcut jeans and fall-hued accents via a monogrammed Louis Vuitton handbag, ruffled bomber jacket, and ochre shirt; against her, it's a pair of floor-grazing flares in leather weather for Aimee Song, whose fur trim adds quirk to a sombre color palette.

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