This Hated Denim Trend Is Coming Back With a Vengeance in 2019


(Image credit: @ada_oguntodu)

There's nothing that gets people heated in quite the same way as a good old controversial denim trend. Let's not forget that before they became your go-tos, skinny jeans were also a massive source of anxiety. Prior to 2009, people were just not comfortable with the idea of body-hugging denim the way they are now. This is to preface what I'm about to tell you with the notion that every denim trend is considered deranged before it's eventually accepted en masse. So here it goes: Bootcut jeans are making a return, and—shocker—the internet is all kinds of divided on the topic.

After GQ published a story about the denim trend's comeback, Twitter went off. Some claimed that the revival of bootcut jeans is equivalent to the apocalypse while others proudly admitted to having never ditched them in the first place. Tempted to go down a rabbit hole of opinions? The following Twitter threads are an excellent entrée into the polarized conversation.

While we're still not sure exactly what makes people hate the jeans with the fire of a thousand suns, they constitute a new (well, revived) denim trend, so that's where we come in. Whether you're a bootcut-jeans hater and are just curious to see how fashion girls could possibly make them look good or you're game to wear the denim again, we've found some worthy outfit ideas with the jeans. Keep reading to see how to wear the bootcut jeans trend and then shop our picks (if you so dare).


(Image credit: @sabinasocol)

I'll ease you into consideration of the trend with this simple yet utterly chic outfit. Tuck a thin knit top into the jeans for a streamlined approach.


(Image credit: @lefevrediary)

Styling the jeans with classics like a trench coat and ankle boots will never fail you.


(Image credit: @camillecharriere)

A slightly cropped hem acts as the perfect showcase to ankle boots.


(Image credit: @ada_oguntodu)

The key to nailing any look? Tuck in your top of choice and pair the jeans with heels of any height—the extra few inches will elevate the look in more ways than one.


(Image credit: @raeannlangas)

Heeled sandals easily bring the denim into warmer weather.

Next up: 11 Amazing Fall Jeans and the Celebs Who Would Buy Them

This post was published on a previous date and has since been updated. 

Senior Editor

Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.