Is it time for turn-up jeans again?


I must say, I felt terribly pleased with myself a few months ago when I unearthed a barely-worn pair of (ahem) Hobbs biker boots circa 2003 from the forgotten depths of my wardrobe. It made a welcome change from the Converse-and-jeans rut I’d unwittingly got myself into. When you spend your days haring around London from one appointment to another in all sorts of weather you can’t really cut it in 4-inch Chloe heels.

Biker boots feel fantastically practical and protective, yet rebelliously cool at the same time. What I have noticed is I’ve been turning up my (straight-legged Nudie) jeans oh-so-slightly in order to show off the buckle, as without that essential detail I could be wearing any old generic work boot. Which makes me wonder, as the biker girl look takes off – witness all the leather jackets and biker boots in magazines and stores from Gap to Burberry –will we see a return to turn-up jeans? Last time we had the turn-up trend it was all about showing off the selvedge seam on your limited edition, uber-rare Japanese denim jeans, and the time before that it was the eighties-copies-the-fifties look channelling Marlon Brando in The Wild One.

As someone who will always champion the androgynous look over anything overtly sexy, I reckon this one’s a goer. After the boyfriend jeans and the high-waisted flare, let’s welcome back the straight-leg turn-up. Keep the turn-up small to elongate the leg and as with any masculine-inspired look, remember to factor in loose, flowy hair, a generous application of eyeliner and a good swipe of lipgloss.

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4 Responses to Is it time for turn-up jeans again?

  1. Little Nutbrown Hare says:

    I live in turn-ups all summer!

  2. riz says:

    I think your prediction is right – especially after viewing the Chanel show – Oh I just swoon over Marlon Brando!

  3. Blue Floppy Hat says:

    I’m too lazy to go to the tailor, so I’ve pretty much turned up my jeans all my life, since they’re always too long.
    I think I shall go re-watch A Streetcar Named Desire now..

  4. Im wearing my jeans turned up with my biker boots, not turned up too much, just enough to show the style of the boot. All the best, Patricia.

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