Wednesday, August 10, 2016

How I Wear My: Cropped Pants

August is here and cropped pants are everywhere! Summer might be the perfect time to wear them, but they are available in all kinds of fabrics and seem to be a trend with yearlong staying power, which is why Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Country and I wanted to highlight them for this month’s “How I Wear My.”

Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Country.

Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Country, my lovely “How I Wear My” partner, writes, “Because I am so tall, I really appreciate the cropped pant trend. I can wear a variety of cropped styles with lengths from ankle to knee and not worry too much about them hitting in just the ‘right’ place. I have had these Stella Carakasi Beyond Basic pants for over a year and wear them frequently during the warm months. The Hemp/Tencel blend makes them lightweight, perfect for summer. I wore my cropped pants with a white camisole and an open knit white top also from Stella Carakasi, purchased two years ago. Blue block heel sandals, a white pearl and agate bracelet by Kay and Star and my yellow Adora by Adrienne bag complete my summery cropped pant look!”

Nora of Jacket Society.

Nora of Jacket Society writes, “I am wearing our Lily Lace Jacket with Zara white cropped jeans, Calvin Klein black sandals, an Hermès belt, gold clutch and our own Black Stone Necklace with Fringe. Only one Lily Lace Jacket is left in stock, but we do have a few of the necklaces available.”

Cheryl of Northwest Mountain Living.

Cheryl of Northwest Mountain Living writes, “I am wearing a colorful, cold shoulder Clara Sunwoo top with a pair of Jag cropped denim pants that are four or five years old. I loved them so much at the time that I got them in a few colors. Even though I thought they were out of style, I couldn’t get rid of them and I’m glad I didn’t. I added a bright bag and wore Louise et Cie heels to finish the look.”

Tamera of Tamera Beardsley.

Tamera of Tamera Beardsley says, “This week my favorite cropped pants are fringed! So fun, fresh, and easy to wear! I made these myself … and I explain where to find a DIY video link on my post today!”

Love the detailed shot of Tamera’s pants!

Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb.

Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb writes, “On the 30th anniversary of Live Aid (13th July last year) I was feeling nostalgic whilst reading about the day and was amazed at how much I still loved (and craved) the outfit that Madonna wore. I was desperate to recreate that look in some way but couldn’t find trousers with that typically-80s floral print or a mint jacket, so the anniversary came and went. However, a couple of months ago I came across these cropped floral trousers in just the right print. I knew I could finally attempt a ‘Madonna at Live Aid tribute’ once I’d found a mint jacket, which incredibly enough I did straight away (I went for a cropped version of her longline jacket). This was a 31-year-old dream fulfilled - on Live Aid’s 31st anniversary - my 13-year-old self would have been so proud...!”

[Editor’s Note: I remember this look so well and loved it on Madge. I also loved that, because she’d just been in a nude photo scandal at the time, she told the crowd, who chanted for her to lose the jacket, “Nah, I ain’t taking shit off today. You might hold it against me ten years from now!”]

Madonna getting into the groove at Live Aid, July 1985. Getty Photo.

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo.

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo says, “As someone who is only 5’4, cropped pants often look normal or just ‘slightly short’ on me. Case in point, these white jeans. I’ve rolled them up once so they actually do look a bit more cropped on me.”

Alice of Happiness at Mid-Life.

Alice of Happiness at Mid-Life says, “I am not really into patterned pants but could not resist the fun ocean pattern of these J. Crew cropped pants. They don’t look as cropped on me as it does on the model—ankle length is cropped right?”

Jacqueline of Petite Silver Vixen.

Jacqueline of Petite Silver Vixen writes, “Straight-legged, ankle-skimming pants are a great staple garment for any wardrobe and the shorter length is perfect to show off a fierce pair of shoes. Plain black ones are particularly versatile as not only can you dress them up or down but you can use them as a canvas to mix textures and colours against. My linen ankle skimmers are perfect for those summer evenings when it’s mild enough to be without a coat but not necessarily warm enough for a floaty dress and sandals. I dressed them up for a night out on the town last week with edgy snakeskin accessories - pointy shoes and a swanky clutch - and a lace bomber for a sharp yet feminine look.”

Susan of Une femme d’un certain âge.

Susan of Une femme d’un certain âge says, “These cropped jeans from J. Crew are in frequent rotation. They’re great to pair with ankle boots or any shoes with an ankle strap.”

Trina of Tea Time with Trina.

Trina of Tea Time with Trina says, “These palm-patterned linen cropped pants are just the right pair to put on when I want to feel a bit more dressed up for a summer evening or lunch date with some friends. Adding some strappy sandals and a fun statement necklace is all they need.”

Michelle of Retro Chic Mama.

Michelle of Retro Chic Mama says, “We used to call these ankle freezers when I was a kid, hahaha - I love them still! Here I’m wearing my Current/Elliott turned-up cuffed jeans to show off the new ‘Nana shoes’ (aka block heel) I bought from Dune London.”

Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun.

Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun says, “I am sporting a modern black crop pant with a crisp white linen shirt for a simple and (hopefully) chic look!”

Rosemary of Distinctly Southern Style.

Rosemary of Distinctly Southern Style writes, “I wear lots of cropped pants here in Florida, especially in the spring and fall. I am 5’6 and prefer to look as tall and thin as possible. With that in mind, I like to dress in monochromatic colors, white being my favorite in summertime.”

Rena of Fine, Whatever.

Rena of Fine, Whatever says, “I always get a reaction from my husband when he sees me in these cropped, leopard print pants, and to be honest, I was a bit apprehensive about buying them at first. I was concerned that the print was too bold but I bought them anyway and got over it. This look is now one of my go-to work outfits when I’m needing a little extra fortitude for facing what the day will bring.”

Linda of A Labour of Life.

Linda of A Labour of Life says, “I have never been a huge fan of cropped pants and thought I might have to skip this month, then I remembered my linen cropped pants from Old Navy, truly my favourite purchase this year. When paired with a classic navy tank and blazer, they are office suitable. I added a pair of striped pumps for flair, plus an anchor necklace.”

Dianne of Lighthearted Life.

Dianne of Lighthearted Life combines a print off-the-shoulder top with white cropped pants and a fun pair of striped sandals. She completed the look with bold blue earrings and a ladylike pastel-colored bag.

Crystal of Success in Heels.

Crystal of Success in Heels says, “These are my white Lucky Brand jeans. They are ankle length but I like to cuff them to Capri length to show off my shoes. These bright yellow Nine West wedges match my yellow tote for a fun contrast with my striped navy top.”


Our friend Sandy says, “I love the vibrant colors of my top and love how bright and positive it looks paired with the red ankle pants. Pink and red are one of my favorite color combinations I have tried in recent times.”

Shelbee of Shelbee On the Edge.

Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge writes, “I love these kelly green and white geometric print capri pants that I got from New York & Company this Spring. And I always feel compelled to pair them with a blue top. I wore a white tank top and a cobalt blue cardi with nude flats. You can see how much I adore green and blue with nude accessories!”

You probably won’t be surprised to learn that I like the term “capris” better than “cropped pants.” I can’t help it, to me the word “capris” conjure up an image of easy summertime chic à la Jackie in the 1970s, a look I never get tired of! I’m wearing my trusty Old Navy white denim capris (so glad I bought a back-up pair), a striped shirt from Target, and my Anne Touraine Paris Silk Chiffon Stole that is easily my favorite summer scarf. I love its light weight, the wonderful silk, and the gorgeous shade of blue!

I am also wearing my favorite pearl earrings—studs in yellow gold from Mikimoto.

I hope your cropped pants are keeping you cool during the Dog Days of Summer!

For September, let’s celebrate yellow! From the sunflowers in bloom to the lemon sorbet that’s so refreshing on a hot day, yellow is a signature color of the waning days of summer, so style your favorite shade of that sunshine shade and join us for “How I Wear My: Yellow.” Send photos to us at howiwearmy@yahoo by September 12, 2016, and be sure to tell us a bit about your outfit.

Do swing by Adrienne’s to see even more terrific looks featuring cropped pants.

And THANK YOU to the fine foxes who participated this month!

[Disclosure: The Anne Touraine Paris Silk Stole was a gift to me several years ago. All opinions expressed about it are my own!]


Andrea said...

I love seeing everyone's take on cropped pants! And I love your white capris! How smart to buy a second pair! Your entire look is great - the perfect summer look with the striped tee and the beautiful scarf!

Andrea’s Wellness Notes

Tamera Beardsley said...

Another lovely post my dear! I always so enjoy all of the style interpretations of your topics! And how fabulous do you look in your denim capris and stripes! A classic look perfectly executed!!

I'm excited for your new topic for next month too! I have just been thinking I need to add some cheery yellow to my summer wardrobe! So this will be the perfect impetus to do so!

All the very best to you my dear! Thank you once again for all your work that goes into these lovely and entertaining posts!


Jill said...

Hi Andrea, I hope you join us next month for Yellow. I am so glad I bought a second pair because it does not seem like Old Navy is carrying this exact version this year. xx

Jill said...

Hi Tamera, I just love those fringed pants on you. I see in Adrienne's post Glenda had a version as well. Great minds! I'm still thinking of the wonderful posts you have written on the topic of family and your daughter's wedding. Some really heartfelt wonderful pieces that have touched me. Thank you for sharing them with us. xx

jodie filogomo said...

I agree with you---the term cropped conjures up images of removing part of the pants---and for some reason strikes me as a negative! But "a rose by any other name", right?
Great roundup!!

Adrienne Shubin said...

So many stylish looks this month - and many different types of cropped pants. I love your stripe/dot combo in blue. It made me realize I haven't worn my polka dot Anne Tourane scarf like yours in ages! Must bring that out this summer.
Looking forward to YELLOW next month! Thanks for the hard work - can't believe we're coming up on 5 years of HIWM!

Jill said...

Hi Jodie, I am getting more used to the term "cropped" but I still prefer "capris!" Glad Nancy joined us this month. Hope both of you (and your mom!) will join us for Yellow. xx

Distinctly Southern Style said...

Fantastic post as always!
I loving all these unique takes on the versatile cropped pants.
I'm looking forward to how this group puts "Yellow" together next month.
Thanks for including me. This is great fun!


Jill said...

Hi Adrienne, you own that great b/w Anne Touraine scarf I just adore. That would look SO good with yellow, don't ya think? Thank YOU for all the hard work and the beautiful collage! Where has 5 years gone? xx

Nora Minassian said...

Love seeing everyone's looks as always. You look fab in your stripe tee and cropped denim, so very French! Thank you so much for putting it all together for us and I look forward to next month's looks.

Rena said...

Everyone looks so fabulous and I'm inspired to try wearing my crops in all sorts of different ways. Thanks for another wonderful HIWM feature.


Ana from Mrs. American Made said...

Fantastic post, as always, ladies. Jill, I love a classic pair of white pants, too. And I thought I could not participate in this month's theme because I buy cropped pants and they just look like regular pants on me, but I see I am not alone! LOL And I love Tamera's fringe - like Glenda's - and inspires me to try a #DIY. Thank you for a lovely post and see you all for yellow, : ) Ana

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

I think everyone looks lovely and actually cropped pants suit most figures it seems!! xx

Petite Silver Vixen said...

Jill, you look the epitome of Summertime casual chic. You'd look totally at home sauntering around the Cote D'Azur in Southern France with your capris. Stripes and polka dots always make me smile - simple pattern mixing at it's best and the colour blue of the scarf is delightful.

So many lovely variations from everyone. I so want to go on holiday now wearing my cropped pants!

Um... yellow that's going to be a tricky one! I don't tend to wear much yellow - will have to get my thinking cap on.

rosie said...

Looking good ladies. Looking good! Jill, I love the nautical look. I frequently wear a stripe tee and white capri's. Its so effortless in the warm weather & classic.

Dawn Lucy - Fashion Should Be Fun said...

Looking super chic, Jill! Thanks so much for hosting and I'm looking forward to the yellow theme!

Dawn Lucy

Alice Warren said...

So many great looks. Love your scarf, thank you so much for hosting!


Hope to see you for TBT Fashion link up.

Shelbee On The Edge said...

There is always so much gorgeous inspiration in these posts! Thanks to you and Adrienne for doing this every month. I absolutely adore your scarf, Jill! It is absolutely stunning. Looking forward to seeing all the wonderful yellow styles next month!


Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I am so behind, Jill...will be announcing why soon...but I really liked this group! Great styles here. Sorry I did not get anything sent in...but I really enjoyed looking at everyone's pics!

Catherine Summers said...

Jill thank you so much for the feature - I love that you too remembered the outfit clearly and that you added a photo of Lady Madonna herself...!

I think cropped trousers are SO flattering - that flash of ankle really does add that touch of elegance to an outfit. All the ladies look so fabulous, especially loving Tamera's shredded hems and your Jackie O look: Is there anything more classic and stylish...? I think not! ;)

Catherine x