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Bootcut jeans live in a confusing liminal space between bell-bottoms and straight-legs. I always assume they get their name for their ability to accommodate, well, boots.But then again, does anyone wear tall bootsunderpants? I think not!
Either way, bootcut jeans are a staple. But, like all jeans, they can be frustrating to shop for if you don't know where to look. Great bootcut jeans have the right mix of figure-hugging and flared elements. They aren't as skin tight as skinnies, nor as artfully disheveled as boyfriends. They're a great choice for work or dressier occasions because they tend to be polished and look killer with heels.
Whether you want a pair with dark wash or light, stretch or no stretch, cropped or full-length, you have options. As with any denim purchase, it's best to do your research before you order online or hit the mall so you aren't wasting precious hours on subpar options. Or, you can simply read on for the Internet's favorite picks.
Here are the best bootcut jeans you can buy:
Read on in the slides below to check out our top picks.
The best bootcut jeans overall
Why you'll love them: HUDSON Signature Bootcut Jeans aren't the cheapest, but they make up for it with quality and a clean silhouette.
Great denim can be found at the under-0 mark, but if you're looking for top quality that will really last, try HUDSON's Signature Bootcut Jeans. The sleek, gently flared silhouette elongates the leg line and comes in a variety of washes. I'm partial to the look of "Patrol Unit 2," which is a dark blue gently faded in the thighs. Perfect for pairing with a nice blouse or elegant sweater for a fancy dinner or brunch.
Petite women, including editor Malarie Gokey, love these pants, too. "As a 5'2 woman, finding normal jeans that aren't about half a foot too long or petite jeans that aren't two inches too short is almost impossible," Gokey writes. "Hudson's Signature Petite Bootcut Jeans are absolutely perfect."
A Zappos commenter noted that even the regular length is great for petites because they retain their silhouette nicely when hemmed: "[S]ome jeans I can't buy to hem bc taking off so much of the leg ends up looking funny."
The Signature Bootcut Jeans are highly rated online, with a 4.7 rating on Nordstrom and a perfect 5 stars on Zappos. There aren't atonof reviews, likely because of the higher price tag, but the ones that are available are glowing.
"These jeans are some of the most comfortable jeans I've ever worn," writes one Nordstrom shopper. "They are very soft and they stretch to fit your body, but don't get stretched out through the day."
Pros:Clean silhouette, slightly dressier than your average jeans, nice for a variety of heights
Cons:Pricier than the other jeans on this list
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The best bootcut jeans with stretch
Why you'll love them: For jeans that don't feel like jeans, pick up the NYDJ Barbara Bootcut Jeans. They fit like a glove but with stretch that won't pinch you in any of the wrong places.
In college, my best friend would often talk about how comfortable she believed jeans to be. She didn't view jeans as something to be tolerated for the hours between waking and slipping into pajama pants the way that I did; she actively looked forward to wearing them.
The concept is still a little foreign to me — I change into stretchy pants the minute I get home — but the NYDJ Barbara Bootcut Jeans sound almost as comfy as my beloved pajama bottoms, only they are acceptable for wearing outside on the street.
Made from a cotton, polyester, and elastane blend, they really conform to the curves of your body, and thanks to an ample amount of stretch, they move with you. With a variety of washes, from deep navy to ultra black, and a mid-rise, these are versatile enough to wear to work or on the weekend. The brand suggests you size down to find your ideal fit, so keep that in mind while ordering.
Amazon shoppers give the NYDJ Barbara Bootcut Jeans a 4.2-star rating based on 463 reviews at press time, and Good Housekeeping named them one of the best pairs for women with wide hips, citing the "no-gap waist" and "special lift-and-tuck panel."
"I'm wide in the hips and thighs relative to the rest of my body. These accommodate without being loose in the waist," writes one Amazon reviewer. "Given that they have a little stretch fabric, they hold their shape well."
Pros:Stretch material, curve-hugging fit, wide range of washes, mid-rise
Cons:Will need to be hemmed on petites
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The best vintage-looking bootcut jeans
Why you'll love them: Fan of classic all-American denim? Pick up the for that super cool lived-in look.
If you've ever uttered the words "They just don't make denim like they used to," you just might be a Levi's woman. Specifically, the , which have that old school "Bruce Springsteen on the cover of 'Born in the U.S.A.'" vibe. Pair that with an utterly contemporary cropped and flared silhouette and you're in business.
I'm not sure you need to be convinced that Levi's jeans are worth it, because they've been around forever. They arethejeans, especially for major denim fans. This particular pair comes in three washes. My favorite is the incredibly named "Kerouac Effect," which is a light wash that fades to almost white at the center of the leg. There's also a darker blue and a white option.
The 517 Cropped Boot Cut is supposed to have an "ankle grazing inseam," per the brand, but petites will likely find them closer to full-length. It's a traditional five-pocket style with a high waist (low-rise lovers, beware!).
"I usually scour the vintage racks for the perfect fit, but have found that the Levi's Orange Tab 517 Cropped Boot Jeans also do the trick," Breanna Warner of & Other Stories told NYMag's The Strategist.
Pros:Vintage look, cropped style can be worn with various shoe styles
Cons:Only one inseam length so they won't be cropped on petites
The best plus size bootcut jeans
Why you'll love them: The have just the right amount of stretch to keep you comfortable while retaining their shape.
The clothing options for plus size women are still infuriatingly limited, but , available online in sizes 16-26, are recommended by shoppers and experts alike. They have a 3.9-star rating on Levi's website and were named "Best bootcut plus-size jeans" by NYMag's The Strategist.
Why do people love these jeans so much? They are a comfortable mid-stretch, full-length bootcut pant. The look is fitted, but not as fitted as what you'd get with skinny jeans.
"I LOVE LOVE LOVE these jeans!" writes one 5-star reviewer. "They are perfect and fit me like a glove. There is no sagging or bagging and they definitely keep up with the busy working mom lifestyle."
As an added bonus, model Yasmin Geurts told The Strategist, "The pockets in the front are tiny — it's less fabric — but the back pockets are wider and fan out to the side a little, so my butt looks great." There's nothing worse than awkward back pockets that ruin the look of your jeans, so it's nice to know that won't be an issue with these.
Pros:Medium stretch, available in three inseams
Cons:Reviewers recommend sizing up
The best cropped bootcut jeans
Why you'll love them: works on women of all different heights — as a cropped style on taller figures and as the perfect full-length jean on shorter ones.
It's no secret that we love Everlane around here. I wasn't surprised to find that the brand's is one of the best-reviewed pairs of bootcut pants out there. After all, Everlane's attention to detail always takes basics to the next level.
These jeans are no exception, and at , they're a fairly affordable luxury. Everlane puts them at a retail value of 0, so rest assured you're getting designer quality for a lot less. is a slim-fit jean that flares out gently at the ankle. They'd look amazing with flats, sneakers, or low heels.
Available in sizes 24 to 33 and four essential washes (Light Blue, Black, Bone, and Dark Blue), they have a high waist and a moderate amount of stretch. The Everlane Kick Crop Jean has been featured by countless publications, including The Cut, PopSugar, WhoWhatWear, and here at Insider Picks.
Insider Picks editor Sally Kaplan, who is 5'0", said that though the jeans were initially too long for her, she liked that Everlane "included instructions on how to properly cut the jeans to the right length," and that once she did so, they "they fit like a dream!" Taller women can expect a more dramatically cropped silhouette.
Pros:Moderate stretch, work for a variety of heights and can be cut to fit a shorter stature, under-0
Cons:They won't be cropped on most petite women unless you opt to cut them
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The hunt for the perfect leather jacket mirrors a quest from a fantasy adventure movie, complete with tears, laughter, the formation of close friendships and bitter rivalries. At the end of it all, you are forever changed. Only in the leather jacket edition, no one gets hurt (hopefully) and you come out with a sweet topper that goes with all your outfits.
Here are the best women's leather jackets you can buy:
The best women's T-shirt brands
You're a creature of many dimensions. Sure, it can take you two hours to get dressed, and sure, you can sometimes look at your closet full of clothes and assure yourself that none of it will work for your very normal day at work. But that's not always you. Really, more often than not, what you're really looking for in place of those two hours and your whole closet-full of clothes is a simple T-shirt. One that is as dependable as it is comfortable and stylish. Luckily, that T-shirt is not a white whale. It's very much available to buy.
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The best women's skinny jeans you can buy
We've tried more skinny jeans than we can count. After testing the best new skinny jeans, got our vote for best overall with its vast size offerings, various inseam lengths, sub-0 prices, and different skinny jean styles.
We also love styles from , , , and .
The best tote bags you can buy
Finding a tote bag that is not only stylish but also big enough to carry all your belongings can be tough. Our top pick is the because this sleek, 100% Italian leather bag is affordable, roomy, and well crafted.
You might also like the , the , the , and the Michael Kors Kelsey Nylon Travel Tote.
The best jean jackets for women
Every woman needs a classic jean jacket in her wardrobe. Our top pick is the because it's affordable, well made, and pairs perfectly with everything in your closet.
You might also like the high-tech , the roomy , the affordable Wrangler Authentics Women's Denim Jacket, or the plus-size Torrid Distressed Denim Jacket.
The best women's sunglasses you can buy
Sunglasses double as a fun fashion statement and protective eyewear. You could just get a cheap pair that'll break in a week, or you could go all in on a nice pair of sunglasses that will last for years if not decades.
Our favorite pair of sunglasses for women are the because they have a classic look and a sturdy build. You may also like to make you feel like a celebrity, for some great prescription frames, Ray-Ban's Clubmasters for a classic design, and that won't break the bank.
The best workout clothes for women
With the right clothes, you'll actually want to get to the gym and show off your style before meeting friends for a much-deserved drink afterward. makes our favorite workout gear for women that's as functional as it is fashion-forward.
You might also like workout clothes by , , , Bandier, , and .
The best travel clothes for women
You can travel in style and comfort with excellent travel clothes that look as great as they feel. We tested lots of travel-friendly clothes to find the best shoes, hoodie, leggings, sweatpants, socks, bra, T-shirt, sweater, and button-up shirt for women to wear en route to the ultimate vacation.
Regardless of what you select from our selection of the best travel clothes, we're quite confident that you'll be almost as comfortable in your seat as you will on the beach.
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