Dakota Johnson Just Hit Refresh on This Dated Way of Wearing Jeans With Boots


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For the last half a decade, I've been under the impression that if I choose to wear tall boots, I'm wearing either a skirt or a dress—period. Tucking a pair of jeans or leggings into boots simply wasn't an option. And up until a few days ago, I was more than happy to keep going the way I was going. Then Dakota Johnson arrived at the Sundance Film Festival wearing the jeans-and-boots styling method I swore off years ago, and all of a sudden, everything I thought I knew about wearing tall boots went out the window.

For the premiere of The Disappearance of Shere Hite—a documentary executive produced and at parts, narrated by Johnson—the actress chose a casual-cool Gucci ensemble made up of a black-and-ivory leather jacket and baggy, pleated jeans that she styled in a retro fashion, that is, tucked into her round-toe black boots. But here's the thing: Unlike the 2000s-era tucked-in looks that I once shuttered at, Johnson's take felt shockingly refreshing. Modern and stylized, the look was enough to make me rethink everything I believed to be true about wearing pants with boots. And if my predictions are true, I'm not alone.

See for yourself by checking out Johnson's look from Sundance below.


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On Dakota Johnson: Gucci Quilted Nylon Jacket ($3700), 2015 Re-Edition Wide Leather Belt ($520), Logo-Embroidered Leather Boots ($1450), and Washed Denim Pant ($1250); Laura Lombardi Cecilia Charm Earrings ($155)

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Eliza Huber is a New York City–based fashion editor who specializes in trend reporting, brand discovery, and celebrity style. She joined Who What Wear in 2021 after almost four years on the fashion editorial team at Refinery29, the job she took after graduating with a marketing degree from the University of Iowa. She has since launched two monthly columns, Let's Get a Room and Ways to Wear; profiled the likes of Dakota Fanning, Diane Kruger, Katie Holmes, and Sabrina Carpenter for WWW's monthly cover features; and reported on everything from the relationship between Formula One and fashion to the top trends from fashion month, season after season. Eliza now lives on the Upper West Side and spends her free time researching F1 fashion imagery for her side Instagram accounts @thepinnacleoffashion and @f1paddockfits, running in Central Park, and scouring eBay for '90s Prada and '80s Yves Saint Laurent.