Skinny jeans have had a long run since they first hit the scene in the early 2000s, but it looks like they might finally be on their way out. While 70s-style flares experienced a brief resurgence in the  past year or two, bootcuts are experiencing a new comeback as well.

The popularity of skinny jeans may be attributed to their signature stretchiness, making them forgiving and easy to wear. This year’s denim, however, has been far more rigid and less pliable, making the skinny jean, tight all the way down to the ankle, less of a possibility. A bootcut jean is looser in the leg, making that stretch less of a necessity.

While some may consider bootcut jeans to be a 90s throwback or even tacky, for those who like a slim look with the cut of a flare (figure-hugging in the hips, but looser below the knee), bootcut styles are a natural choice. No matter your gender, bootcut jeans are a subtler look than the over-the-top drama that comes with vintage-inspired flares, and they’re easy to wear with most tops and just about any style of shoe.

If you’re looking to bring the bootcut back into your closet, there’s a few things you can do to up their style factor for the new millennium. Make sure you select a fitted cut in a dark rinse and mid or high rise, and skip anything that’s pre-distressed. It’s okay to play with length: in fact, it’s better to show a little ankle than to have your hemline pooling on the floor. Finally, consider your accessories carefully. To avoid looking outdated, pair your bootcuts with chic, modern accessories. Preppy looks (like a structured jacket and a classic purse) can also work well. And of course, it’s only natural to finish off your look with a chic pair of boots!

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