Are Skinny Flares and Slim Boot Cut Jeans Only for Tall Women?

by Hayley on April 4, 2011

Styles that have been popping up everywhere this season are the skinny flare and skinny bootcut. The cuts are similar to regular flares and bootcuts because of the leg opening, but the jeans start to flare out below the knee and closer to the ankle instead of right at the knee. They are cut slim in the calves like skinnies and straights. They are modernized versions of styles we’ve seen before and they look great with heels.


Called a “lean flare,” this is Paige Premium’s Denim’s Lou Lou Flare in Super McKinley. It has a 35″ inseam.


Citizens of Humanity’s Morrison style (shown here in Tempted wash) is a very slim bootcut. It also has a 35″ inseam.


This is the James Jeans Reboot in Fleet. The hem opening  is more pronounced than COH’s Morrison but it’s not yet a flare like Paige’s Lou Lou. Jaime has this style in Powder. This style by James Jeans has a 35″ inseam.


Joe’s Jeans Micro Skinny Flare
looks like a denim legging that flares out really close to the ankle. It has a 34.5″ inseam. Joe’s Jeans also makes a similar style with their Starlet Mini Boot Cut.

Notice what all these have in common?

They’re all super, super long. Leggy girls can wear them without hemming, as well as girls of average height as long as they wear heels. But styles like this can be a major problem for petites. I mean, look at the Joe’s Jeans Micro Flare right above. Hemming off a few inches dramatically changes the silhouette. It would pretty much look like a skinny if you hem it too far. I know a woman with a 26″ inseam who has to hem every pair of jeans she owns, and even if I intend to wear them with heels I usually end up having to hem my jeans to 30″.

A petite girl could take a regular pair of bootcuts/flares and hem them to make the flare start below the knee because a petite person’s knee would start in a higher place on the jean than a tall person’s. However, since the style isn’t specifically a skinny flare, the jeans would probably feel tight and weird around the knee because it wasn’t specifically made to have a knee break there. Also, any distressing that is dependent to the knee area, like honeycombs in the back of the knee, would look off and would probably hit at the calves. This happens anyway when jeans are hemmed, as petite women have probably noticed.

What do you think about this new style that lots of denim brands have started offering? Do you know of any brands offering a shorter inseam? I’d love to get people’s thoughts on this trend. It’s also not just this trend that is the problem, but the fact that denim brands don’t create jeans in multiple inseams in general.

-Hayley

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Jen April 5, 2011 at 6:17 am

I have the AG ballad jeans and really like them – they are a skinny bootcut. But the bootcut is very subtle…I am not sure about starting a big flare way down the leg, it looks weird to me – if you want a dramatic flare, may as well own it and go big! As for inseams, I believe the Paige Lou lou’s are offered in a petite inseam. I’m 5’4″ so while I”m not short, I’m not really tall either and the honeycombs can still hit in the wrong spot – so annoying!

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Paula April 5, 2011 at 7:07 am

I LOVE those micro skinny flares – I have have been interested in something like that. I did just buy some 7fam skinny flares from Yoox – not sure yet about how I will work them into my rotation…but, I like them.

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Erin April 5, 2011 at 7:37 pm

I am with you Hayley – I absolutely hate that if you crop most of these jeans, you ruin some aspect of them – the distressing, the line of the leg… I really think that denim brands should make both long inseams and short inseams. They’re overlooking a significant portion of the population! What’s the average height nowadays? 5’4″? That’s a lucky girl who’s 5’4″ and can wear a 35″ inseam!

As for which brands have dedicated petite lines – I can only think of Paige and Joe’s Jeans…
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Jaime April 6, 2011 at 4:11 pm

I’m 5’4 and I can wear a 35″ inseam…. but I cheat with 6″ heels. :)
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