Wide-leg cropped pants are the latest trend, but how do you wear them and not look frumpy? Sure, they look fabulous on the runway, but they can be pretty intimidating to wear in real life.
The worry is that since they end way above your ankles and they’re voluminous unless you are tall, skinny-minny, you will look short, dumpy, and as wide as a house. How do you wear this tricky trend? Here are five style tips to wear cropped, wide-leg pants and jeans with confidence.
1. Choose Structured Pants
Structured wide-leg cropped pants that fit flat and snug across your tummy and hips will be the most flattering. Spanx makes a great pair with no zipper or buttons up the front, so no bulk. You pull them on the way you would leggings, and because they hold everything in, you get a shapely, smooth look. I own a pair of Spanx wide-leg cropped pants in mauve ( see photos), which is the trendy color this season, but they also come in almond, white, and green.
Style Tip: Cropped Wide Leg Pants come in various lengths. Most gals look best in ones that are approx 2″ above your ankle bone.
2. Tuck in Your Top
Proportion is important when it comes to looking good in cropped wide-leg pants. If you wear wide, loose with these pants, you risk looking boxy, heavy, and frumpy. Highlight your waist by tucking in or half-tucking in your top. You can also wear a top that ties at the front or side of your waist to create a shape.
Style Tip: If you wear a long sleeve top with wide-leg cropped jeans, you will look more sporty and youthful if you roll or push up your sleeves.
3. Ease into the Trend with Neutrals
If you are concerned that wide-leg cropped pants like culottes will make you look bottom-heavy, consider that dark, quiet neutrals such as black, blue, gray, taupe, or black are more slimming than light or bright colors. For example, a pair of black wide-leg cropped pants with a white top is a no-risk way to try out the trend. Neutrals are also considered more elegant.
Style Tip: According to Vogue, flowy, wide-leg crop trousers may be voluminous, but they should be “kicky.”
4. A Jacket is Flattering
A short jean jacket or leather jacket is a great way to style crop wide-leg pants. A cropped jacket does two things. It adds instant authority and makes your shoulders look broader, thus balancing out the wide bottom half. You get more of an hourglass shape rather than looking bottom-heavy. Many women are now wearing jackets with cropped dress pants to work. It’s a combo that has been dubbed the modern work uniform.
Style Tip: Wide-cropped jeans are easier to wear than wide-leg cropped dress pants because most are slimmer through the thighs and legs and only wide across the bottom.
5. Wear Heels
What kind of shoes should you wear with wide-cropped pants?
Wide-leg, cropped pants look best with heels. Heels elongate your legs and give your outfit a more upscale look. You can wear dressy pumps, but casual stacked heels or wedges look great and are easier to walk in. If you prefer flats, wear flats with a pointed toe or show more skin (like a strappy flat sandal) to look tall and slim.
Style Tip: A nude shoe, or a shoe that is the same color as your cropped pants, also will elongate your legs. If you wear a shoe in a contrasting color, it visually cuts your legs in half, which you don’t want, since cropped pants already shorten your legs.
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That’s the latest round-up of wide-leg cropped pants. Prefer long, wide palazzo pants? Check out this post.