Friday, June 21, 2013


This is a tough one.  I have advised many clients and friends to get rid of their capri pants, much to their disappointment.  Meanwhile, I'm buying and wearing them myself.  I've tried my best to explain the sometimes subtle differences between a good cropped pair and a bad, but the words seem to escape me.  I know what I mean.  I can see the difference.  But, I can't explain the difference.

Heavens, no.
To avoid having eggs thrown at my house by the folks who claim to be too hot in "regular" pants (Really?  3 inches makes you hot?  If you could just have those ankles exposed, you'd be fine?), I took to the internet to find some help explaining what I know to be true.  I found it!

Sylvia, from 40+ Style, nailed it!  I agree with her almost to the letter. I agree with her thought that, generally, cropped pants look best with a heel or wedge (unless you're going for the Audrey Hepburn look, and even then it helps to actually be Audrey Hepburn).  And they should follow the line of your leg, so not too tapered, not too's a hard balance. Good crops are trendy and hip, so who makes them?  J. Crew?  Yes.  Vince?  Yes.  Coldwater Creek?  Probably not.
A "Yes" from Anthropologie

Here are my additions to her very well-put advice:

1.  VERY few people can pull off wearing a pleated cropped pant.  If you question whether or not you're one of those people, you're not.  And I don't think anyone can do an elastic waist capri.
Perfectly Lovely
2.  Capris should always hit at a very slim part of the leg, so never at the calf.
3.  There will be times that you try on a pair of cropped pants that seem to follow all of these "rules," but they still just don't look right for some reason.  It is life.
4.  Finally, I don't want to be the cause of your heat stroke or general discomfort.  This is just my opinion, and your opinion may be different.  Wear what you love.  But, remember that my opinion is right.  Just kidding.  Maybe.

Now, go take a look at Sylvia's advice.

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