Age old question…how do I wear jeans with a bootie??
I can’t tell you how many people ask me this question, especially as we are getting into the thick of it for bootie wearing season. There are so many amazingly cute options out there…flat, heel, open toe, wedge, sexy, fringe, the list goes on. But, how do you wear them? Are there any rules to stick by? Well, for me, these are my own personal rules when it comes to these fun, flirty kicks.
1. Make sure to wear something above the bootie that shows some skin, whether it be a pair of short skinny jeans, dress, shorts or skirt, there needs to be skin showing. If not, your legs can look cut off and a bit stubby, no matter how tall you are. I say, never have a jean touch the top of the bootie, just a simple little cuff is all you need to achieve this.
2. Keep the color of the bootie and the jean at a contrast (most of the time)…for example, don’t wear a dark blue jean with a dark bootie. Instead do a dark jean with a taupe, grey or beige (or even white-so fun!) bootie and the same for a light jean, mix with a dark brown, dark grey or black bootie. The one exception to this rule is a black jean and a black bootie…that of course is A OK..
3. If you love a boyfriend jean as much as I do, they are a staple throughout your weekly wear—or they should be. A bootie with these type of “baggy” jeans can be a bit tricky. My rule for these is to make sure it’s a small to medium heel, no flat heel. It can look a little frumpy if you go flat. Also, make sure the bootie is a bit more sleek and fitted to your foot. When you wear something loosy goosy on top you need something a little sleek and sexy below it (in all ways of fashion—more on that at another time).
4. I am simply not a fan of wide leg jeans and a bootie together…ever. As much as I love this new trend of high waist, flare bottom jeans -- booties just aren’t cut to compete with that wide bottom., and anyway, out the door goes my rule #1, you’d lose that skin showing. Instead, I prefer a cute converse type sneaker, something with a thicker sole as long as the jean isn’t too long) or a wedge if you need an open toe. A flat open toe sandal is always cute too, just as long as the jean is perfect length.