For the last half a decade, I’ve been under the impression that if I choose to wear tall boots, I’m wearing either a skirt or a dress—period. Tucking a pair of jeans or leggings into boots simply wasn’t an option. And up until a few days ago, I was more than happy to keep going the way I was going. Then Dakota Johnson arrived at Sundance Film Festival wearing the jeans-and-boots styling method I swore off years ago, and all of a sudden, everything I thought I knew about wearing tall boots went out the window.
For the premiere of The Disappearance of Shere Hite—a documentary executive produced and at parts, narrated by Johnson—the actress chose a casual-cool Gucci ensemble made up of a black-and-ivory leather jacket and baggy, pleated jeans that she styled in a retro fashion, that is, tucked into her round-toe black boots. But here’s the thing: Unlike the 2000s-era tucked-in looks that I once shuttered at, Johnson’s take felt shockingly refreshing. Modern and stylized, the look was enough to make me rethink everything I believed to be true about wearing pants with boots. And if my predictions are true, I’m not alone.
See for yourself by checking out Johnson’s look from Sundance below.