If there ever was a tricky trend, the new 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 are going to 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 wide leg trousers.
1. Proportion is Key
Wide leg cropped pants are not for everyone, but if want to try a pair, keep proportion in mind. 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, but the most flattering length is about an inch above the ankle. According to Vogue, wide leg 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. This looks especially good when you roll or push up the sleeves. You may need to get out the Spanx if you go this route.
3. Stick to Neutrals
If you are nervous about wearing wide leg crops because you think they will make you look bottom heavy, keep in mind that neutral colors such as white, gray, taupe, navy or black cropped pants, are the best thing to wear. These refined neutrals will make you look very elegant.
Also, 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.
If you like a print, then try vertical stripes which look chic. Tasteful floral prints are also in style, if you feel more feminine.
4. Add a Jacket to Cropped Wide Leg Pants
A short, fitted leather moto jacket or cropped jacket is a great piece to wear with a pair of flowy 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 is been dubbed, the modern work uniform.
5. Wear Heels
You may prefer flats, which look can look great with casual wide leg pants, but a bit of height does wonders to elevate this look, and make you look taller and slimmer. A great choice is a small stacked heel, ( it’s easy to walk on 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- If you keep your shoe nude or in the same color as your wide leg pants you, you will elongate your look. The next best thing is a shoe that is the same color as your cropped pants. A shoe in a contrasting color will cut you in two, and you don’t want that as you already have the shorter pant.
Here are some wide legged cropped pants in the stores and waiting for you to try! Prefer long, wide palazzo pants? Check out this post.
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