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Are Capris In or Out of Style in 2024?

Hi Deborah,

I’m sorting out my closet and notice I have several capris in different widths and lengths. Are Capris still in style? If so, which ones are the most modern, and what should I wear them with? Thank you, Gabriela.

Hi Gabriela,

Good question!  There’s always been some negativity around capris, which naturally makes one wonder if they are still in style.  The answer is Yes; they are in style but not in a cutting-edge way.

No matter what anyone says, capris are a summer favorite for many women. Whenever I update this post, I have difficulty finding capris to link to because they are usually sold out. Somebody is buying them!

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What are Capris? How do they Differ from Cropped Pants?

Capris are lightweight, casual summer pants that are shorter versions of cropped pants. Whereas cropped pants end a few inches above the ankle, capris typically end around the mid-calf. They can be skinny, wide, tapered, straight, or flared—you name it.

This year, the trend is clean, unfussy denim capris with slim or straight legs. I haven’t seen many wide-leg or flare capris, and there aren’t a lot of super casual capris with busy details like multiple pockets, strings, zippers, etc.

Are Capris Flattering?

Capris have gotten a bad rap because they visually chop up the leg line and can make you look shorter, wider, and even frumpy. They’re not ideal if you have heavy legs, and you need to be sure they don’t end at the thickest part of your calves.

They are most flattering when they end just above or below the calf. That sweet spot is the key to looking good in capris.

Here are some trending capris and what to wear with them this summer.

 

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1. Denim Capris – Light Wash

Denim capris are classic and always in style, but the wash changes from year to year. This summer, light-wash jeans and denim capris are hot.

Cuffed denim capris are also popular. When you combine these two trends, you get these pale blue, cuffed capris that are soft and beachy-looking.

The modern way to style light wash denim is with a bold pop of color, like this cute orange front-tie top. Of course, you can always wear white with this light wash too, and you’ll look fabulous. Chunky sports slides are relaxed, super comfy and look great with capris. The big buckle is very “in” at the moment.

I’ve paired this outfit with pretty pearl earrings and this chic, cream Tory Burch bag with the cool, new shape. I love the laid-back, boho vibe of these light wash capris. The whole look says summer vacation to me!

 

utility capris pants

Utility Capris  | ruffle sleeve tee (similar)

2. Utility Capris

Utility capris are casual like cargo pants but they are a little more refined. They’re generally not as loose and baggy, and they have fewer pockets, strings and other details that can make cargo pants look bulky. For example, these ones from Sanctuary are more streamlined and have just two patch patch pockets at the top. You don’t see any on the the legs or at the sides.

I like this color called Birch, but these pants also come in white, black, and burnt olive. All 4 colors look classy. Check them out!

 

orange capris

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3. Colored Capris

After a long, dark winter, it’s uplifting to wear something bright and cheery. Colored capris are always popular in summer.

This bright peach shade adds a feminine touch to sporty capris. These pants would be great to take on a cruise or to a vacation spot somewhere tropical. Imagine how cute you’d look in all your trip photos!

I love this delicate lace top and the pretty puff sleeves with the peach. White sneakers and creamy accessories make the peach capris pop.

 

 

black side button capris

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4 . Pull on Capris – Snap Hem

Comfort has become increasingly important, and as a result, pull-on pants are selling like hotcakes. I’m not talking about your grandma’s stretch pants!

These fabulous black capris prove an elastic waistband pull-on style can be chic. There are no zippers or buttons on these, and the flat, smooth front makes them perfect for wearing with a thin, silky top. You don’t have to worry about anything showing through.

The metal snaps near the hem add a dressy touch and make the capris easy to slip on and off.

 

side lace capris

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5. Lace Up Capris

Here’s something a little different. These capris have a cute, sporty detail.  Can you see what it is?….The pants have lace up sides which makes them look nautical.

This silky, split-neck top in bright pink looks fantastic with white capris. Add a print bag and some textured earrings, and you will look great. So you see, capris can look classy.

 

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6. Cargo Capris

Cargo pants are still around and will always have their place. They’re casual and relaxed, and similar to jogger pants.

This light green pair looks great teamed up with this pretty fitted print top. Add a beautiful bag, espadrille sandals, and some cute earrings to elevate this casual outfit.

Don’t Ditch Your Capris Just Yet!

So you see, Gabriela, capris are still here – some classic and some new styles. Ultimately, it’s not so much about what is in or out of fashion. Wear what works for your lifestyle and what makes you feel good.  Enjoy your capris and own the look!

Would you like to Know More about Capris? Please enjoy these posts:

How to Wear Capris Pants with Confidence

No Stain Pull-on Denim Capris

1o Tips for Wearing Capri Pants and Trousers

Best Shoes to Wear with Capris and Cropped Pants

 

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9 thoughts on “Are Capris In or Out of Style in 2024?

  1. I am 5’8″ with a long back, broad shoulders, and hips with an inseam just a bit longer than off the rack. I look great in full, long pants, but not so much capris. I tend to slim and somewhat form-fitting capris as they tend to modify an almost boxy look. Then I wear long tops.

    1. Hi Linden, Anyone will look taller wearing cropped (above the ankle) pants over a Capri because capris pants break the leg line. However, that doesn’t mean a petite has to avoid capris. If you want to wear capris, ensure it doesn’t end at a heavy point on your leg, like the middle of your calf. ( That goes for everyone) Petites should wear short tops with capris to look longer and leaner. A bit of a heel helps, too, and neutral capris are better than bright capris, which will draw attention to your bottom half and short legs. I hope that helps, and thanks for dropping by!

      1. I only wear crop pants. As a petite woman with short legs, I don’t need to make myself look shorter. I look at pictures of me wearing capris with long tops and think, what was I thinking? Reading various fashion blogs, this is the only one with positive thinking on capris.

  2. Thank you for this informative article. It appeared when I was trying to decide which length cropped pant was in style. Your information and pictures were so helpful! Thank You, Deborah!

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