Brooke Shields’ Legs Will Be “All the Rage”

It’s the new-old length that “the kids” will soon be wearing


My grandmother frequently asks me about the status of fashionable skirt length. “What’s going on with hems this spring,” she wants to know. “Are they up, are they down, what’s happening?

There’s no longer a clear cut answer to this question. Whether women are wearing dresses below the knee or above the thigh has less to do with the state of the economy these days (per a 1926 theory), or what “Paris says” (her generation’s guiding hand), and more to do with a designer’s individual inspiration, genre, and most importantly: the whim of the wearer. Some girls don’t even wear skirts.

But my grandma always wants that answer; it makes her feel grounded to a world she was once strongly tethered to, something that faded away as gracefully and naturally as the pigment in her hair. And so — though they surely carry no more weight than that of a mini versus maxi, and they vary across the multitude of runways but also within the singular square footage of Soho’s Zara — I tell her about the length of pants.

In 2013 it seemed to me that ankles were having a moment. An eye-roll is warranted anytime anything has a “moment” besides the literal tick of a clock (or maybe it’s the person who uses such jargon without irony), but I felt it. Pants just didn’t look right unless they were cropped above legs’ lower bulbous knobs.

The solution was easy: snip, pin, voila.

Once amendments were made our bare bones breathed easy, and when it got cold we kept the length but added socks. Solutions! They’re there if you look for ’em! 

But then the 90s took over and ankles were…forgotten.


Unroll. Staple-on. Shop?

“There’s a new pant length, Grandma,” I recently told her. “Think young Brooke Shields, the female cast of Friends, cowboys, Calvin Klein, and Beverly Hills 90210. It covers boots and hides the foot’s arch in heels. It’s straight — sometimes bootcut though never tapered. And it’s not exactly popular in stores yet. But I feel it coming.”

Remember: there’s no point in me explaining that this look can and will co-exist among cropped trousers and hacked jeans. She wants a fad.

“But I thought the 70s were back,” she countered. “Doesn’t that mean flares are what’s next?”

“Grandma,” I diverted, “shall we talk about my love life instead?”

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  • i agree, but i’m concerned these will make my oxfords look ridiculous -_-

  • Allie Fasanella

    Esther’s boots are poppin. I don’t know, i’m really a fan of a little ankle show n tell but I could get down with this.

  • Quinn Halman

    In similar news, Taylor Swift is (reportedly,apparently,potentially) insuring her legs for $40,000,000

    • Allie Fasanella

      seems reasonable

    • She’s The Worst

  • parkzark

    Cankles around the world rejoice! Or hell embrace the cankle and get yr crop on.

  • Buh-bye ankles! I was watching an interview where Brooke said she still has those OG Calvin Klein jeans — I wonder how much they are worth today. And odd/creepy, but we have a baby picture of her at home that she gave to my uncle back in college.

    • people say I looked like brooke shields as a baby #hotbaby

  • L

    Esther’s nipples are on point!

    • Esther Levy


  • my ankles are running free today. gosh, i feel like such a LOSER. wish you posted this at 730am when i was getting dressed!!!!!! p.s.- coolest grandma

  • pm.

    We wanna see a pic of grandma!

  • Ryan Gingery

    Re: Picture 11/13

    Look at the position of Claire Danes’ legs whilst running. She must’ve fallen right after the picture was taken and if she didn’t I’d like an explanation.

    • Amelia Diamond

      I just laughed out loud

  • Long & Lean is the way forward! so the search for my regular 26-27″ but with a 34-36 inseam continues, along with many FUPA, tummy tucking, camel toeing posts i stumble across on MR site will justify me doing so!

    • Amelia Diamond

      if you ever have trouble finding jean sizing, go a size up so that they fit the butt and legs well, and then have a tailor take them in at the waist.


  • Kenns

    Esther-those boots are to die for – what are they?

    • parkzark

      I feel like they’re Zara! Pardon my answering :}

      • Kenns

        Yep-you are right! Thanks so much for answering!

        • Amelia Diamond

          they are!

  • BK

    I don’t know
    I just feel like my ankles aren’t done inflicting themselves upon the world
    (then again, the potential of looking like Jerry Seinfeld from the waist down when pairing this updated trouser length with sneakers is thoroughly appealing)

    • Amelia Diamond

      don’t let this box you in! ankles one day, long pants the next!

      • BK

        No pants the day after that!

        • Amelia Diamond


  • Glow On

    I hope skinny jeans never go out!

  • Perfect, I just got two new pairs of jeans that are the exact length as described.

    • Amelia Diamond


      • One’s from the Net-a-Porter x Levi’s collab, and the other is from the Candice Swanepoel x MOTHER denim collab. Side by side, they actually do look pretty alike in terms of wash… What can I say, I’m a denim addict!

  • Tiana

    Im still loving showing my ankles off!

    • Amelia Diamond

      do one leg up one leg down!

  • “…something that faded away as gracefully and naturally as the pigment in her hair”. Real poetry! <3

  • Katie

    Does anyone else feel like Friends’ streaming on Netflix this winter has had a huge cultural effect? It’s always been popular, but since we’ve started binge-watching it in masses I feel like we’ve also seen a a return of not only these jeans, but all denim in general, turtlenecks, overalls, and spaghetti strap slip dresses… not to mention a Rachel/Monica meme in every blog on the Internet. Food for thought.

    • Amelia Diamond

      i feel like all of that was happening before they brought back Friends so maybe FASHION influenced NETFLIX! boom.

  • jen

    Wierd your Grandma calls them “flares.” I was a teen in the 70s and they were universally called bell bottoms.

  • Mia

    yey im on this boat