I distinctly remember chatting with my BFF in high school about how we couldn't "pull off skinny jeans." Back then it was all about the bootcut and we were convinced our legs looked like sausages cooped up in those skinny thangs. These days it feels like quite the opposite situation, and I have to gather up my courage to rock flares. The only problem, after accepting that my legs actually just look like normal legs in skinny jeans, was that I didn't know how to wear them with the giant collection of ankle boots I had acquired. I would try to tuck them into the boots and feel weird when my short legs caused my too-long-always-unaltered-and-slightly-bunchy bottoms of my pants to bulge out.
I'm not sure when exactly the revelation hit me, but one day I decided to try rolling the cuffs. I was skeptical at first because I didn't want to look like I was wearing capris in the fall, but I think I finally got it down and I figured I'd share my discoveries with you guys. Although chances are, you savvy ladies of Blogland figured this shiz out long before I did.
1. The Mini Roll - This is my personal favorite. It's a micro fold starting at the seam, one more of equal size and boom, done. This one is imperfect. I like when it looks a little undone, like "Oh, these? They were just like that when I pulled them on this morning." This fold does require a more true-to-length pant though. Before I realized this was my favorite way to wear jeans, the majority of mine were at least a few inches too long and those bunchy bottoms I once loved are not conducive to The Mini Roll.
2. The Fake Hem - Those bunchy bad boys are, however, perfect candidates for The Fake Hem. This technique requires a fold under to make it look like you've got it together enough to ever actually go to a tailor to get your jeans altered (HA!). It's great for a more polished look, and depending on the boot, it could elongate the legs in a Jessica Rabbit kind of way.
3. The Big Cuff - This technique is basically the same as The Fake Hem but inside out. Just fold a few inches up and call it a day. This is great for summer looks too, but I'm wearing this one here. The Big Cuff is quick, easy and much easier to make uniform on both sides than The Mini Roll.
Then there's always the tuck in technique. If it's cold enough out, all bets are off -- you tuck those babies in and forget all about the bunching dilemma.
Now that you've got your skinny jean situation covered, it's time to build that ankle bootie collection. Above are some of my current faves from Shein.
Brown Booties / Grey Cutout Boots / Black Chunky Heel / Strappy Pointed Toe / Black Clunky Booties / Doc Martins
What's your favorite way to wear ankle boots and jeans?
Original photos by Becca Wyant for One to Nothin'. All rights reserved.