Once again, I prove that my word is unreliable. After swearing off that I would never do that to myself (wear a trend that looks unflattering on me), I finally gave in to the wave of cropped pants that has flooded the stores. Of course, a little inspiration from Kate Moss has helped 🙂
Maybe my dislike of cropped pants stems from my like of Victorian fashion when bare ankles were not allowed. Or just maybe because they tend to make your silhouette look shorter. Luckily, there are ways to compensate for that and use it to your advantage:
1) In my opinion, the most elegant shoe for cropped pants are pointy-toe platforms with deep plunge that elongate your legs. However, pointy-toe shoes are not fancied by all, so any pumps would do. What a better way to show off your new pair of heels, right?
2) As with every piece of clothing, anything that ends at the widest part of the body, looks unflattering. So don’t select pants that end at the widest part of your calves – just above the ankle would be perfect.
3) I do prefer cropped pants with tapered hems as they seamlessly follow the vertical direction of your legs. Flared bottoms, on the other hand, make it look like your legs end where the hems end. To complete the look, tucking in your shirt would add a few instant vertical inches.
Please remember, these 3 little points would not give you Gisele’s legs and you still would need to rely on your aesthetic eye. But at least, it does not sound as scary to try, right?
Button up shirt – Ann Taylor (old)
Cropped/Capri Pants – ZARA
Pointy-toe Shoes – Jean-Michel Kazabat (old)