Bootcut jeans are more popular than skinnies, says eBay

Bootcut jeans are more popular than skinny jeans

Remember bootcut jeans? Of course you do. In fact, chances are you still have at least one pair squirrelled away somewhere, and even although the skinny still reigns supreme in the denim world – for now – you’re hoping the day will come when we can all toss those tight jeans aside and get back into bootcut. Maybe that day has already come for you? Maybe you never made the switch to skinny, and have clung onto your trusty bootcuts, regardless of the vagaries of fashion trends telling you it’s time to get into wide legs, flares, or any other cut of denim. Jennifer Aniston is still wearing bootcuts, after all, so why shouldn’t you?

How do we know all this? Well, partly because we’re The Fashion Police, and it’s our job to know these things obviously. But also because we climb inside your closet at night while you’re asleep  this week eBay released an infographic showing how jeans sales on the auction site have panned out over the past year. The results are not the least bit surprising: every time we write about the Battle of the Denim, you tell us you HATE skinny jeans, and LOVE bootcut. And the results of eBay’s research definitely reflect that:

Jean Sales on eBay in the Past Year:

1. BOOTCUT: 793,289

2. STRAIGHT LEG: 215,353

3. SKINNY JEANS: 214,405

So more than twice as many pairs of bootcut jeans as skinnies were sold, and skinny jeans didn’t even make it to second place on the list: straight leg jeans did.

Surprised? We’re not. While we personally prefer skinnies (Yes, we know, it’s shocking), we know that our readers have always tended to express a preference for bootcut styles, feeling that they’re more flattering to most figures. So we’re mostly just surprised that retailers and designers haven’t been taking that on board: we’d imagine one of the reasons people are buying so many pairs of bootcut jeans from eBay is because they’re not exactly easy to find in regular stores, with the balance skewed heavily in favour of skinnies, or whatever that seasons flavour of the month is. (This season: flares.)

(Actually, scratch that bit about designers. We’re not surprised AT ALL that designers aren’t making clothes which flatter people’s bodies, and which women actually want to wear. If they were, this site wouldn’t exist.)

So tell us: do you favour bootcut jeans over the other styles available? Why? 

18 Comments

  • September 29, 2011

    philly

    Bootcut, hands down. Why? So I can wear them with my cowboy boots, of course!

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  • September 29, 2011

    Nina

    I favour whatever Gina Tricot sells, ’cause they are the only ones that fits me 🙂 Seriously, buying jeans is hard, when I finally find some that I like and that fits me I don’t really care what kind it is…

    Only two things I would never do though:
    1) Wear leggings as normal jeans – whenever I see that awkward crotch I cringe…
    2) Wear wwwaaaayyyy to skinny jeans – If you have to lie down to put them on, or open the zipper when you sit down they are too skinny. All you get is pain in stomach; that’s seriously not worth it.

    🙂 xxxxx

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  • September 29, 2011

    Natasha

    Personally, I prefer skinnies, but I do have a pair of bootcuts that I love. I’m short and relatively slim, so I just think that skinnies look more flattering with my body type. Straight leg jeans are the ones I just don’t get. I think they only work on model types – like really skinny and tall girls, and even then they are just not very interesting.

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    • September 29, 2011

      Karen

      I prefer boot-cut, and with my current curves (ahem!), skinny jeans would look absolutely foolish on me. I wear straight-leg occasionally though, and I don’t think they’re only good for models. I’m far from being a model, but I wear them when I want to look more current, or for a slightly more finished look, like a compromise between tight skinnies & loose boot-cuts. They don’t look straight on me though, but they don’t look tapered or flared at all either.

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  • September 29, 2011

    Julie

    Bootcuts for me, it’s just so hard to find skinny jeans which are just the right lenght…
    But maybe more bootcuts are sold because people get rid of it, whereas they keep their skinnies (or buy them in stores). And people buy the bootcuts on Ebay just because they are looking for something cheap. It could be another way of seing it, no ?

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  • September 29, 2011

    Jaynie

    I prefer slightly more flare than even a bootcut can offer, and skinny jeans look ridiculous on me…but this is one of those things I don’t understand about fashion retailers. It’s pretty obvious that certain cuts flatter certain figures, so why can’t we have all of the cuts all of the time? It seems like an enterprising jeans-based retailer could take advantage of the anti-skinny desperation for something in the way of a bootcut, or a flare, or heck, even a really psychedelically wide bell bottom.

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    • October 6, 2011

      Viper

      “why can’t we have all of the cuts all of the time?”

      Exactly! It’s not like jeans will ever go “out of style,” so why not just have every cut?

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  • September 29, 2011

    G.G.

    I actually prefer straight leg jeans the most! I feel like they’re the most flattering for me personally. They used to be impossible to find, too, but I’m finding more and more places that have started to sell them (or it’s just that I started shopping in better stores in general).

    I don’t love bootcut, though, and I’m not sure why — I prefer skinnies over them.

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  • September 29, 2011

    Julie

    I like both, but have been wearing skinnies more lately.

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  • September 30, 2011

    Theresa

    I definitely prefer bootcut. I’m very curvy in my thighs and have thin calves, so I look ridiculous in skinny jeans. I think bootcut is more flattering on me and on most people. Skinny jeans only touch my legs when knee high boots are involved.

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    • September 30, 2011

      jeans

      I agree. I’m short (5’2″) and my legs are pretty muscular, so skinnies just accentuate the thick thighs. I’ll wear them w/ knee-high boots (and still feel self-conscious), but otherwise stick to boot cuts!

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  • September 30, 2011

    Chitraa

    My fav pair is still my bootcut ones.:)
    chitraasfashiondiary.blogspot.com
    XOXOX

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  • September 30, 2011

    Pixie

    I only wear bootcut or smaller flares, as a hourglass/apple shape skinny jeans just make my bigger thighs/hips stand out way too much!! I would love for more shops to stock all styles in all sizes, the sales would rocket!!

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  • September 30, 2011

    Kady

    Personally i’ve always prefered bootcut or flare mostly because its so difficult to find skinnies that i like and that fit. Perhaps less skinnies sold partially because they are one of those things you need to try before you buy.

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  • September 30, 2011

    Liz in Paris

    Skinnies and straights for me, with the emphasis on skinny (but not ultra-skinny). Like Natasha, I’m short & fairly slim and find them best for me. I get the straights from Germany – a brand called Angels – that are the best-fitting jeans I’ve ever found. They’re quite slim but not skinny and not too low-cut.

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  • October 2, 2011

    Viper

    Personally I never liked skinny jeans. In my opinion, if you’re skinny they make you look skinnier (and not in a good way!) and if you have even the littlest bit of meat on your bones, or you have big hips, they make you look bigger. I have yet to see them look good on a single person.

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  • October 3, 2011

    Zoe

    I am 100% not surprised. While all the models and celebrities seem to favor skinnies, many people who aren’t size six or slimmer think they can’t pull of skinnies (depending on their body type that may or may not be true provided they take other matters into consideration). Since the vast majority of women are above a size six, it would make sense that they’d go for something that is still stylish but easier to wear, i.e.: boot cuts.

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    • October 6, 2011

      Viper

      I would argue it doesn’t look good on them either. It seems to me that if you’re below a size 6, skinny jeans give you an awkward “chicken leg” effect, and if you are above a size 6 or have smaller but more shapely/curvy thighs, they make your legs look, as one user said above, “like a slice of pizza.” The tapered leg thing really doesn’t work for anybody, and now it’s extended into leggings too, which were bad and unflattering in the 90s and are just as bad today. I’m unpleasantly surprised both skinny jeans and leggings have been able to tough it out this long.

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