How to wear cropped pants - booties

I think I can safely say that most of us have at least one pair of cropped pants in the closet these days. Far be it for me to give you a formula on styling them. How-ev-er, I want to share some DO’s and DON’Ts I arrived upon while observing street style during New York Fashion Week. I mean, some ways just seem to work better aesthetically than others.


1 – DO

WEAR CROPPED TROUSERS WITH OXFORD SHOES.

How to wear cropped pants - with oxfords

It’s a great way to give your look character with a nod to menswear. I recommend pointy toes if you want slimmer-looking legs. Letting ankles show is also a great way to put oversized clothing into perspective: preventing your body from looking several sizes larger.

2 – DO

GO ALL BLACK IF YOU MUST WEAR SOCKS WITH YOUR BOOTIES.

How to wear black cropped pants - black booties

Showing a little skin is a lot sexier. But then who wants to freeze to death? We may be inching toward spring, but it’s still downright frigid in some areas. While wearing all black, socks blend nicely with the rest of the look.

3 – DO

WEAR CROPPED PANTS WITH MID- TO HIGH-HEELED SHOES.

Cropped pants with high heels

That is, if you don’t mind cooler ankles. It’s even more fun with fishnet anklets. There’s no better way of making the look more elegant and lengthening the legs.

4 – DON’T

MIX MULTI-COLORED, OVERSIZED LAYERS AND BOOTIES.

How not to wear cropped pants

Balance is pleasing to the eye. And so, if certain aspects of an outfit widen the look – such as multiple colors that cut up the silhouette horizontally – it helps to counter that with a fitted garment and/or by leaving a narrower part of the body exposed.

5 – DO

WEAR WIDE-LEGGED, CROPPED PANTS WITH A HIGH-CINCHED WAISTBAND.

How to wear gingham culottes - with booties

A high, cinched waistline visually elongates the legs. And so do pointy-toed, high block-heeled boots.

6 – DON’T

EXPECT TO LOOK THIS GOOD WITH WIDE SNEAKERS AND WIDE-LEGGED, CROPPED PANTS.

Cropped pants with sneakers

I did see several women during NYFW who weren’t as successful at pairing wide-legged, cropped pants with wide-toed sneakers. It is quite a feat if you are not stick-thin to begin with.

Wide cropped pants have the potential of making our legs look stubby. As you’ve just seen, however, there are several tricks to avoid this: wearing them with a mid- to high-heel, a higher waistline, and pointy-toed shoes, for example.

Have you any DO’s or DON’Ts to add to the list?

XO, Janea


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22 Comments on How To (and Not To) Wear Cropped Pants

  1. Nancy
    March 10, 2017 at 2:28 pm (1 month ago)

    I love cropped pants and these are great tips!

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    • Janea
      March 10, 2017 at 2:34 pm (1 month ago)

      So glad you like the tips, Nancy! xo

      Reply
  2. David
    March 10, 2017 at 4:42 pm (1 month ago)

    Classy!

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    • Janea
      March 10, 2017 at 4:49 pm (1 month ago)

      Yes. I love these looks too, David!

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    • Janea
      March 11, 2017 at 12:00 am (1 month ago)

      I’m so glad you enjoy it, Hadasah! xx

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    • Janea
      March 11, 2017 at 6:36 am (1 month ago)

      Me too, Dominique. A cinched, high waistband is my favorite! Glad you like the tips! xx

      Reply
    • Janea
      March 12, 2017 at 5:27 am (1 month ago)

      Thanks, Paola. Kisses to you! xx

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    • Janea
      March 12, 2017 at 5:26 am (1 month ago)

      So glad, Ilijac! 🙂

      Reply
  3. Nina
    March 12, 2017 at 5:12 pm (1 month ago)

    Amazing tips! Great info and style!

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    • Janea
      March 12, 2017 at 5:45 pm (1 month ago)

      Thanks, Nina. These ladies do have amazing style! 🙂

      Reply
  4. Gabrielle
    March 13, 2017 at 4:32 am (1 month ago)

    Great Do’s and Don’ts for wearing cropped trousers! I agree they can look amazing when worn with oxford shoes or high heels. Also, I understand what you mean about not pairing them with oversized layers AND ankle boots; it can be overkill otherwise! Have a lovely week. 🙂

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    • Janea
      March 13, 2017 at 7:37 am (1 month ago)

      Thank you, Gabrielle. Hope you have a lovely week! 🙂

      Reply
    • Janea
      March 13, 2017 at 5:03 am (1 month ago)

      Thanks, Paola. Happy Monday to you! xx

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    • Janea
      March 13, 2017 at 11:15 am (1 month ago)

      Thanks, Jessica. xo

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    • Janea
      March 21, 2017 at 1:18 am (1 month ago)

      Glad you like them, Stuart!

      Reply

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