If there ever was a tricky trend, wide cropped pants are it. They end above the ankle; they’re voluminous, and although they look fabulous on the runway, they can be pretty intimidating to wear in real life.
The worry is that unless you are a tall, skinny-minny, cropped pants will make you look dumpy and as wide as a house. How do you wrap your head around this new trend and make them work for you? Here are five style tips to look fabulous in cropped, wide-leg pants and jeans.
1. Proportion is Key
Wide leg cropped pants are not for everyone but keep proportion in mind if you want to try a pair. This style of pants needs to sit high on your waist. Otherwise, they can overwhelm your frame and look sloppy. This is especially true if you are petite.
Hems vary from a shorter culotte style to a longer cropped pant. The most flattering length is about an inch above the ankle. According to Vogue, flowy, wide-leg crop trousers may be voluminous, but they should be “kicky.”
2. Tucked in Tops are Slimming
A roomy top over a roomy bottom can make you look heavy and frumpy. The key is to highlight your middle by tucking in or semi-tucking in a top. (You may need to get out of the Spanx if you go this route.) This looks especially stylish when you roll or push up the sleeves.
This navy tee with these chic striped pants ( above) is an excellent example of a top you would tuck in. Wearing it tucked out would shorten your legs and cover up the fab waist tie belt.
Trend Alert: Striped Wide-Leg Crops are all the rage this spring! If you prefer a print, feminine florals are also popular.
3. Stick to Neutrals
If you are nervous about wearing wide-leg cropped pants like culottes because you think they will make you look bottom-heavy, keep in mind that dark neutral colors such as black, blue, gray, taupe, or black cropped pants are the best thing to wear to look slim.
Darker neutrals are more slimming than light or bright colors, and who doesn’t want to look a little slimmer on the bottom half, especially with that extra volume? Bright yellow cropped pants, by contrast, are loud and would draw attention to your bottom tummy hips, and thighs. These refined neutrals will make you look very elegant.
Trend Alert: Pleated Wide-leg crop Pants that are soft and slouchy and have wide belts are new!
4. Add a Jacket to Cropped Wide Leg Jeans
A short, fitted leather moto jacket or cropped jean jacket is a great piece to wear with a pair of wide-leg pants. Not only does a jacket give you instant authority, but it balances out your hips by making your shoulders look wider.
The result? More of an hourglass shape? Women are 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 an easy way to ease into this trend because they are slimmer through the legs and thighs and only wide at the bottom.
5. Wear Heels
What kind of shoes should you wear with wide cropped pants? You may prefer flats, which look great with casual wide-leg pants, but a bit of height does wonders to elevate this look and make you appear taller and slimmer. A great choice is a stacked or a wedge heel. (They’re easier to walk in too).
For a more elegant, upscale look, try a fine pump or even a cute bootie that ends at the ankle. One tip about shoe color- A nude shoe or a shoe that is the same color as your cropped pants will elongate your look. A shoe in a contrasting color will cut your legs in half, and you don’t want that, as shorter pants already shorten the legs a bit.
Trend Alert: Ruffled Wide Leg Crop Pants are fashion-forward and fun! But don’t wear them with a ruffly top too, or you’ll risk looking like a flamenco dancer!
That’s the latest round-up of wide-leg cropped pants. Prefer long, wide palazzo pants? Check out this post.