Cute Ways to Wear Cropped, Wide Leg Pants & Jeans: Style Recipes

Have you warmed up to cropped, wide-leg pants yet? I’m the first to admit that it has taken me a while after years of skinny jeans.

Let’s just say it like it is: Cropped wide-leg pants can be tricky to wear because they cut your leg off at an unusual and unflattering spot—a few inches above the ankle.

This style makes you look short and sometimes squat!  I even feel that way, and I’m 5’7″ with long legs!

Cropped wide leg jeans and cream sweater

Nonetheless, if you try on enough cropped wide-leg jeans, you’re bound to find a pair that suits you like I did! And when you nail the styling, they are actually really cute for summer. 

5 Things I do to look great and feel confident in this style 

  • Choose cropped wide-leg jeans that are snug across the hips. This makes a huge difference in the overall look and reduces the boxiness.
  • Dark wash is most slimming: To counteract the shortening effect wear dark wash jeans to slim and elongate your legs. They look classier, too!
  • Not too wide of a flare: This is hit-and-miss, but generally, less wide seems to look better than huge sailor bottom wide, which can throw your proportions off.


cropped wide leg jeans with slingbacks


  • Wear cropped wide-leg jeans with slingbacks: It’s amazing how these elegant, airy shoes, with a small heel or flat, elevate the look of these pants. A pointy toe creates the illusion of a longer leg. (I especially like this two-tone Chanel-inspired shoe since it gives my outfit a chic French look.)
  • Style with a chunky sweater: I love the look of something chunky or slightly oversized up top to mirror your wide pant legs and gives you a shapely look.
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Other Options

Of course, there are other things that you can wear with cropped wide-leg jeans for spring and summer besides a chunky sweater that also looks fabulous.

Here are 3 new pairs of cropped wide-leg jeans and modern ways to style them.



white cropped wide leg jeans and pink top

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1. Style them Polished, Ladylike

These white, wide-leg cropped pants are softer and lighter than my Spanx pair, and I think they look pretty chic. One of the ways to get around the short-legs look is to match your shoes to your cropped wide legs to create a long, lean line. 

I find a fitted top with a jacket gives you shoulder definition and balances off what can seem like a larger bottom half in these pants. A jacket also gives a more polished, upscale look. These ladylike accessories help with that, too.


tan cropped wide leg jeans white top

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2. Khaki Cropped Wide Leg Pants + Organic Cotton Shirt = Relaxed, Natural

Sometimes, you just have to get the right color to fall in love with cropped wide-leg pants. I’m gaga about this gorgeous sand color which is so relaxed and sophisticated looking. I think it also helps when you can create a story with these pants.

They have that tropical vacation vibe, like you have hiked up your pants and are walking by the ocean or in the jungle. They look great paired with a gauzy organic cotton top, straw sandals, chic cream leather, and a woven bag. Everything goes together so well here.



wide leg crop jeans medium wash and pink blouse

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Raw Edge Cropped Wide Leg Jeans + Ruffle Blouse = Feminine, Romantic

We’ve seen a dressy, relaxed look, and now, we have a casual, more romantic look. Raw edge jeans with a beachy look come together with a frilly, super feminine pink blouse to create a soft, romantic look. Chic block heel mules and a matching leather bag also help elevate the look and make you feel more glamorous and confident.

What do you think of wide-leg cropped pants? How do you style yours?

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3 thoughts on “Cute Ways to Wear Cropped, Wide Leg Pants & Jeans: Style Recipes

  1. I have found this year to stick to cropped flare with itty bitty flares or kick flare since I’m petite.They are great with dark boots for now and later on with dark sandals if dark-washed or nude sandals. I read the hip and inseam measurements. Double check and order since petite are only in a few stores. Most of my boots and casual sandals have heels since I don’t buy flats, but I love your sling backs. Just gorgeous on you!!!!

    1. Thanks Bonnie! That’s great advice to stick to a smaller flare when you are petite. You really should try a slingback shoe. I love mine. They make me feel so feminine in cropped pants!

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