Elizabeth Hurley’s a mega fan and so are the original ‘supers’, but utter the words ‘bootcut jeans’ in fashionable circles and you’ll likely divide the room. Some will remember their heyday in the '90s/early '00s, when they were the off-duty uniform of models and 'It' girls. Others might perish the thought of anything flared, even moderately so.
But it's time to get on board. Kate Moss, who arguably became the ambassador for super skinnies back in the noughties, wore a pair yesterday to London Fashion Week - and looked fabulous sitting front row to watch her daughter walk in Richard Quinn. She kept her look effortlessly lo-fi with a velvet blazer and round-toed boots.
If you're wondering what on earth they look like, bootcut jeans tend to sit high on the waist, hug the upper thigh and flare ever-so-slightly down the calf so their hems, in theory, brush the tops of your ankle boots and stay off the pavement.
In terms of throwback references, look up Naomi Campbell, Elle MacPherson, Jennifer Aniston and Tracee Ellis Ross, who wore hers with an elongated tuxedo coat and a brown leather clutch bag in 2002. What all four prove is that the boot-cut is up there with the cropped flare, the straight-leg and the skinny - and, crucially, it’s got serious leg-lengthening potential.
When it comes to styling, channel Ross, pairing your jeans with a coat that brushes the mid-calf. Moss's velvet blazer is also a safe bet. The only things to avoid are ‘tattoo’ chokers, boob tubes and wedge sandals. Unlike Hurley's favourite jeans, some things are best left in the past.