DO you’re about to give up on capris because you think they make you look frumpy, there may be some truth to that.
Capris have a terrible reputation for a reason. They interrupt the length of your silhouette, and can make your legs look stubby. (If you are short to begin with, the effect is multiplied.)
Having said that, I don’t suggest you abandon this cool summer alternative just yet. Capris can look slimming, modern and chic. It’s all about finding ones that flatter your figure and pairing them with the right things.
Fashion Stylist Chantelle Collier has put together some tips and style boards to show you how to look fabulous and feel confident in capri pants.
Do’s and Don’ts for Choosing Figure Flattering Capris
Getting the proper style and fit can make a world of difference to how capris will look on you.
DON’T wear capris that end at the middle of your calf, the widest part of your lower leg. This is highly unflattering.
DO wear capris that end where your shin starts to indent – between your calf and the ankle is best. This is typically the narrowest part of your lower leg.This is what you want to emphasize. (This perfect length will vary depending on the woman so it’s worth it to take your pants to the tailor and get an expert opinion before you hem)
DON’T WEAR wide leg capris because they will accentuate the break line of your silhouette and make you look stubby. Instead, choose capris with a tapered or straight leg to create the longest and sleekest look.
DO choose capris with a higher waist to draw the eye up and make your legs appear longer if you have short legs.
DO balance a short torso by choosing mid-rise capris which visually lower your waist.
DON’T wear capris with bulky details such as big side pockets, drawstrings and large cuffs which make you look frumpy, unless you are very slim. (Heavy cargo capris with lots of detail add pounds)
DO’s and Don’ts for What To Wear With Capris
The type of shoe you select is vital when it comes to wearing capris.
DON’T wear flat shoes if you are on the short side because it stops your foot short.
DO choose a shoe that has a heel so that your exposed calf is elongated past your ankle. A cute summer sandal with either a heel or wedge is a great option. Or, if you need a more comfortable shoe, try a colorful kitten heel.
DO try a nude colored shoe. A shoe the same color as your skin will give you extra length.
As for tops….
DO stick to tops that skim the top of your capris if you are short, to give you the illusion of extra leg.
DON’T be afraid to wear longer tops if you are average height or tall. Just make sure your capris are fitted right to the leg to decrease volume. A capri or cropped, ankle-length legging looks perfect under a flowy tunic top or short dress. Color and Pattern
DO choose neutral colored capris such as black, navy gray and taupe and accent with pops of vivid color, like a pair of bright yellow heels, to look modern and fresh.
DO be careful about combining bright pants with bright tops and bright accessories, as you run the risk of looking too loud. Instead, mix bright red capris with a white button down and classic black pumps for an eyepopping, classy look.
DON’T wear capri pants with large patterns if you are petite, and don’t wear capris with small patterns if you are large or plus size. Keep things balanced.
DO give capri pants a try this summer!
The capri pant makes a fabulous and comfortable summer option that can be really versatile. Just be sure to think through your look to maintain a long leg and sleek silhouette.