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boots + jeans & a new year | Style Tip

Oh where to start! Two weeks of not writing & my head is about to EXPLODE! I have completed so many projects & took pictures every step of the way. I have a ton of very useful DIY stuff to share soon. Also have a few things I have been meaning to share FOREVER…so I promise to get to that too. I am taking three months off from booking sessions for a couple of reasons, but one of those reasons is to finally get a big project that includes an etsy shop (!!!) underway. My business brain just doesn’t quit. I love taking pictures…but that is soooo not all I want to do. Nor does it satisfy every part of my yearning to make stuff & help others. So…to give you a few clues: flips…lipase…babywise…painting straight lines…magnetic walls…all coming here soon. :)

But now…a much anticipated post. My hubby surprised us girls with some fancy dinner reservations on NYE & off we went into the woods for a nice, cozy dinner as our little family of three. It was so sweet of him & we brought in the new year in the perfect way.

Before we headed out, I grabbed my camera & shot this series…& it took every toy in our freshly painted playroom to distract my caroline away from my camera, which was balancing on a bunch of her books. After a few tries, I got enough to call it a tutorial..& she even made a little guest appearance! What I should have caught was her trying to put my boots on her little feet…but I didn’t want to move my camera out of position. I am sure it’s not the last time she’ll try to walk in my shoes…

So…HOW TO neatly tuck your non-skinny jeans into cute boots! Now, I am just not a skinny jeans kind of gal. I love my denim, but I couldn’t ever bring myself to buy a pair of skinnies. This pair of jeans (True Religion) is rather bootcut & presented me a challenge with my favorite boots–as they have no zipper & there is a lot of pulling to get my feet in. But I made it work. Here’s how.


  • a pair of jeans. the key here is to choose a pair with very skinny knees. you run into trouble when you have baggy knees. we can work with a flare, but not baggy knees.
  • trouser socks. thicker than knee-highs but not socks. these keep the jeans tight & snugly in place from the knee down.
  • boots! zip-up boots are easier to work with, but any boots will do.


  1. start with your skinny knee jeans, the pair with the least flare.
  2. roll them up so you have a nice big cuff.
  3. neatly crease the cuff, with the crease up the BACK of your leg. therefore any extra bunching is at the back of your knee, out of sight.
  4. fold the cuff as tight as possible around your ankle.
  5. pull on the trouser socks. be sure you fold them over for added tightness & so they do not stick out of your boots.
  6. pull on boots, which slide nicely over the silky trouser socks.
  7. there you have it! cute boots + non skinny jeans! :)

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  • Chelsea McCown - Perfect!! Love it!! Never thought to use the sock on TOP! Thanks :)ReplyCancel

  • Erin - LOVE you for posting this! I have wanted to wear a bunch of boots that are so cute to hide with jeans but couldn’t bring myself to buy skinny jeans. Now I can! Off to go buy some boots ;)ReplyCancel

  • amy - love the cameo appearance of that tiny little hand :)ReplyCancel

  • Jen @ Living a Brighter Life - What a great idea for a post! I usually end up smashing my jeans into my boots which leads to unsightly lumps! I will definitely be referring back to this how-to. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Charlie - well, aren’t you so smart?! :) i have always done the roll thing with my jeans, but didn’t think about the extra step of pulling my socks over the jeans. genius.ReplyCancel

  • Drea - YOU ARE A GENIUS! I love it. Now tell me where those boots came from.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - OMG. Look at her little hand in the picture helping you! I LOVE her!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - This is THE BEST!! Buying endless pairs of skinny jeans just didn’t seem practical for me so I would rarely wear my boots. But today, I tried this method and it worked like a charm. Using socks is genius!! Thanks!!ReplyCancel

  • augustfields - hi :) i was just having this EXACT discussion with a friend on new years eve……i love my jeans but skinny jeans?….not so much… how do i wear all the cute boots?

    she found this post and shared on facebook. thanks for the tip!ReplyCancel

  • -shawna- - glad you all found it useful! @Drea–veeeery lucky find…Via Spiga at Marshalls, four years ago! I have really little feet. So I get all kinds of goodies if I look hard enough! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - Could you show a front view? It still looked to be a little bunchy at the knee. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Kristi - thanks for that cause i have an aversion to skinny jeans :) but the important question….where did you get those boots?!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - Thank you so much for posting this! I found it on Pinterest and am stoked because I have a pair of boots almost exactly like this and don’t wear them because it takes me like 30 minutes to put them on. And I even went out and bought a pair of skinnies JUST to wear with these (I hate them otherwise!) I have asked several friends and none have been able to help. What I had resorted to was pulling them up and then using a long handled wooden spoon to shove the jeans back in (very bad idea, btw, and the reason that took so long to put them on!) So, thanks :)ReplyCancel

  • Daniale - Thank you so much I have a pair of boots I love but I hate skinny jeans now i can wear them with out them looking stupidReplyCancel

  • Carrie - oh thank you so much!! I was just telling a co-worker how I only have one pair of jeggins (way more comfy than skinny jeans and they have real back pockets!) to wear with my cute boots. Tomorrow is jean day at work and I’m going to try this out with my favorite jeans!!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - Awesome!! I hate having to always wear skinnys with jeans, beacause it doesnt look good when I do take those boots off!ReplyCancel

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