How to wear skinnies in tall boots

In the late noughties, we used to channel our inner Kate Moss wearing skinny jeans tucked inside tall boots.

One decade later, this trend seemed to have completely disappeared… except for some ladies who did not let go of the past trends.

Good news for them, they could now be considered as trendsetters (better than trendlaters)… the look is back!

In October, I woke up feeling like tucking my black skinny jeans inside my tall green boots. So I did!

It looked so cool I wondered why I stopped doing it… And then started wondering why  I suddenly had the inspiration to do so since I did not remember having seen the look back in the street recently. So I searched my head to find out where the trigger came from and… found! The last Céline show by Hedi Slimane of course! Those so classic outfits twisted by dramatic knee hight boots got printed somewhere in my mind.

Why shall you wear this mix in 2020? Because it create the best legs ever whilst being practical.

1/ Choose pants that match the boots

Black on black is timeless.

Perfect to make everyone believe you have endless legs.

Kate Moss looking soooo 2008. But also so now with the pilot jacket! A bit more oversized and the ressemblance with 2020 would be baffling.

2/ Avoid matching your top with your boots

If you do so, make sure there not too much of a contrast: the “sandwich” effect would cut the silhouette.

Kate Moss from the past again: her dark jeans do not contrast much with her black boots.
She ALSO did use the big contrast sandiwich outfit BUT she is Kate Moss so everything suits her. 

3/ Use shades close to another

For a soft style.

Like in this outfit where the burgundy boots echo the light brown jacket over soft blue jeans and a neutral white Tee. 

4/ Choose shades that are on the same brightess level

Again, our aim is to lenghten the silhouette.

Marion Lietout wearing dark burgundy with black.

5/ Wear almostnochrome

Where the base is the same color but the boots are different.

This way, the silhouette is only cut in one part.

Caroline Issa for Style du monde: the coat layer also beautifully styles this almostnochrome. 

6/ Make your boots the statement piece of your outfit


How to choose your tall boots? 

The simpler the shade the better.

I recommend to stay away from superfluous details as always (buttons, zips, etc…) except if those really are a statement (like an all over lacing).

Then leather texture and colors depend of your liking. Suede, smooth, texture… there are many options available!

As the trend is currently ongoing, you’ll find good designs in shops… or look into second hand and vintage shops. You can find some stunning seventies or eighties boots starting from 40 euros!

And you? Are you ready to wear this trend? Or shall it remain in the past? 

Bises de Paris,


My take on jean in boots with a statement boot along soft colors

Cover collage: vintage Kate Moss, the Sartorialist

11 Responses to “How to wear skinnies in tall boots”
  1. Jo says:

    The 70s trend continues! Jeans tucked in tall boots will always be timeless. My problem has been finding boots that hit just a very little below the knee. And also, the larger sizes almost always have a correspondingly wide shaft, which usually wasn’t the case in the 1970s. Some of us have long feet but slim calves. I see options for boots– regular or wide calf but almost never for slim calves..

  2. Chanel says:

    I love this look. Honestly, I don’t consider it a trend because skinny jeans tucked into tall boots has always looked good and has always made sense.

  3. Juhi says:

    Many years ago, you gave me an alternative to this look via the 7/8 length and the ankle bootie which is a combination I still enjoy. However you cannot beat a jean tucked into skinny boots for warmth, and your way it is looking stylish too.

    It’s great to have you back, Alois. Hope you keep blogging.

  4. Lise says:

    I started wearing this trend last winter already, purely because I bought two fantastic pairs of knee high boots and I also found a great fitting pair of dark skinnies. I got compliments every time I wore them like that regarding my silhouette so done right it definitely is a silhouette enhancer. So glad you posting again .

  5. Not feeling this so much, but I also live in Los Angeles, where it rarely suits the weather. I might try it again though, tone on tone. Probably black.

  6. MABdePARIS says:

    J’adore .. la seule condition: que le haut de la botte soit suffisamment serré au niveau du mollet pour ne pas bailler et donc respecter le caractère longiligne de la jambe.

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