When long pants are too hot, shorts make you feel to exposed, cropped pants are the perfect answer.
There are pedal pushers that come to just below the knee, capris that hit mid-calf, and cropped ankle pants that graze the ankle bone.
But the question is… can you wear cropped pants if you are short or will they just make you look shorter?
Yes so long as you follow these guidelines:
1. Choose a Slim Cut
Wide cropped pants make you look wider and shorter. If you stick to slim pants that fit close to the leg- tapered or straight leg, you’ll be o.k.
2. Go for a Neutral Color
Closest to your skin color-If there is no big contrast between your leg and your pants, your legs won’t look cut in two. Light skin gals can try white, tan, or light gray, and dark-skinned gals can wear black, brown, or khaki
3. Avoid Large patterns
Solid cropped pants are most slimming or if you wear a pattern keep it small so it doesn’t overwhelm.
4. Wear a Heel or Wedge
It will add a few inches. Flat shoes with cropped pants can make you look short and squat. A shoe can elevate your frame and make your legs look longer than they are.
5. Keep the top of the foot open
Wearing sandals or low vamp shoes to expose skin and elongate the leg.
6. Stick to tops that skim
By wearing tops that skim the top of your capris you show more pant and give the illusion of a longer leg
7. Wear Tops with a Wid Neckline
These will also help draw the eye up balance you out and make you look taller.
Just because you are short doesn’t mean you have a tiny figure to go with it. Here are a few other tips for camouflaging problem areas.
8. Tummy – Be careful of drawstring waists
These drawstring cargoes cropped pants look great on this gal because of her gorgeous pancake belly and thin legs; however, if you have a midlife mommy tummy, the drawstring waist, massive pockets, and baggy legs will make you look like you are wearing a laundry bag. Choose something that doesn’t put all the attention on the tummy. (Nordstrom
9. Go for a Wide Waistband
Black is always Audrey Hepburn elegant, and also figure-flattering to a woman’s bottom half. This wide waistband pulls in and camouflages that midlife middle. The tapered leg is slimming and sexy too. (Nordstrom)
10. Big hips and Thighs -Avoid Cuffed cropped pants
Don’t want to looks shorter? Then don’t wear pants with a cuff. You may think the roll-up looks cute, but it will only cut you down and make you look stubby, and if you have an extra few pounds on you, wide too. These pants are best for med-tall gals with average legs. Any gal with bulky thighs should definitely stay from these, as the huge pockets will only accentuate them.
11. Buy Flat front cropped pants
Let’s face it. For a lot of us, the answer to wearing pants and looking good in them is to wear your shirt tucked out, and these stretchy cropped pants are perfect for that. There are no buttons, zippers, or stuff to get in the way, so you have a seamless tower of white for which to place a pretty top over.
12. Test Low Rise Cropped pants
O.K. loose and slouchy and cool on the right gal. You need a flat tummy and a low waist to pull these off.