How To (and Not To) Wear Cropped Pants

10th March

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

22 responses to “How To (and Not To) Wear Cropped Pants”

  1. Nancy says:

    I love cropped pants and these are great tips!

  2. Thank you for sharing dear, it’s always a delight to read your blog!!! 🙂
    Much love,

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  3. Dominique says:

    Cropped pant are my fave, especially with a cinched-in waist. Great tips, hun. xx

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  4. Great tips babe, I love cropped pants!
    Kisses, Paola.
    Expressyourself

  5. Nina says:

    Amazing tips! Great info and style!

  6. Gabrielle says:

    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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  7. Paola says:

    Happy Monday beauty!
    Kisses, Paola.
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  8. Jessica says:

    Such a cute article, you rounded up some great ways to wear cropped pants!

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  9. I love these outfits. Stunning.


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