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 ways 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. These kind of pants need 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 Work
A roomy top over a roomy bottom can make you look 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.
A cropped top (or a jacket) that meets at the waistband (but does not expose the midriff) is also an excellent choice. You may need to get out the Spanx if you go this route.
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Some of these new pants are so wide and flowy; they are almost like skirts or cropped palazzo pants.
3. Wear Heels
You may prefer flats, but this is one time when a bit of height does wonders to elevate this look. 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.
4. Add a Jacket to Cropped Wide Leg Pants
A short fitted leather 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? Many women are wearing jackets with cropped dress pants to work. It’s a combo that is been dubbed, the modern work uniform.
5. Stick to Neutrals
Neutral colors such as white, gray, taupe, navy or black cropped pants, are your best bet for two reasons. They are refined shades that will make you look very elegant. Also, the darker neutrals are slimming, 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 want more of a fun look, then try pants with a pattern. Floral prints are hot at the moment.
Here are some wide legged cropped pants in the stores and waiting for you to try! To read up on long, flowy pants or palazzo pants as they are often called, check out this post.
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