'90s Inspired, Classic, Airport-Outfit Approved: Bootcut Jeans Are Making a Big Comeback

Bootcut jeans

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We've seen many denim trends come and go and then come back all over again. Recently, long-forgotten styles such as tapered cigarette-style jeans have reentered the fashion sphere. Now, we're seeing another nostalgic denim silhouette make a return: bootcut jeans.

In the '90s, this slightly flared style was a major fashion staple and frequently appeared on celebrities as the go-to denim silhouette for airport outfits. Now, we're seeing the classic jeans make their big comeback, which isn't a surprise considering the rise of kick-flare pants—a silhouette that has gained a huge momentum thanks to the cult status of High Sport's viral pants. Ahead, shop the best bootcut jeans on the market. They're designed to be paired with boots, as the name suggests, but you can also style them with heels or pointed ballerina flats for a more polished approach.

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Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including Vogue.com, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.