Crop, Ankle, Capri….What’s the Difference?

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Nothing like accosting friends for a self-serving picture! Well, I did just that to Laura Musser at a recent CPWN meeting and to Cheryl McComas by the Peeps at Wegmans.  Poor things, but I couldn’t help myself, they were the perfect models to help me differentiate ankle-crops from capris.

A cropped pant is actually anything that’s shorter than a regular/standard hem.  They make casual, summer dressing stylish and easy, while also crossing over into year round business attire. The characteristic that distinguishes them is where they fall in-between the bottom of your knees and the tops of your feet . Time to make some sense out of all of this:

  • Ankle pants(typically referred to as cropped pants) – hit right above the ankle.  They are often tapered or straight, though we are also seeing a lot of flared-cropped jeans this year.  Pair dressier ankle-crops with sharp booties, regular and/or pointy toe pumps for a modern-classic look.
  • Capri pants– typically more casual and they fall about halfway between the knees and ankles. Therefore, they are obviously shorter than ankle pants and also a little trickier to wear.  Why? Because they can shorten the look of the leg if you aren’t tall. But don’t let that stop you, just avoid the hem hitting at the widest part of your calf.  Instead, try to find capris that fall where your shin indents.  A good tip is to pair with wedge sandals to add height and lengthen the legs.   And unless they’re culottes, look for slim and skimming fits.
  • Cropped Flare Jeans– are a big trend this year.  A friend said they remind her of Cpt. Kirk pants, so it’s a good thing I love all things original Star Trek, including Cpt. James T. Kirk! (haa)  Throw on a light-wash pair with blush colored fashion sneaks and a slouchy, front tucked tank and you’ll be set for a spring day of shopping or sightseeing around the Baltimore-Washington area.  Full disclosure, I don’t own a pair of these yet, but I’m on the lookout!

Many people have strong opinions on whether the above pants are flattering or not, but those people are not you! So give em’ a try and see what you think.  My bet is there’s a version out there for all of us!

Hey Skinnies, You Aren’t The Only Game In Town

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I always knew my dear friend Patricia “Patsy” Marks was a trend-setter.  So if you’ve grown a weee bit tired of skinny jeans or you just want to add a fresh look to your repertoire, follow Patricia’s lead because voluminous clothing is a chic option!  And who doesn’t love options?

As this trend becomes more prominent, you may see models wearing volume on the top and bottom, but most of us aren’t 5′ 11″ and we’d get lost in all that fabric. Therefore we need to think balance like Ms Patricia is doing here:

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Full disclosure: Patricia is petite, but she’s also trim and looks great in most styles. While her print top does have volume, it skims over the girls and waist beautifully, offsetting the voluminous pants and creating a most flattering silhouette. Her body does not get lost in the volume.

Another option would be a top that’s shorter and more form fitting (not tight), reminiscent of Katherine Hepburn. Actually Kate Hepburn is the perfect example of some of the voluminous, menswear inspired styles awaiting us.

What if you’re not ready for voluminous pants or don’t think they would work for you, but find them intriguing? Well then, you’ve got to at least try on a few pairs, then make your command decision.  In the meantime you can keep the volume on the top half of your body.  An example would be a menswear inspired voluminous button-down shirt. Pair it with a tailored pant and you’re making the trend work for you.

I find voluminous styles rather freeing.  Let’s have fun channeling our inner Kate…… or even better, we can just follow that trend-setter Patricia!

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