Women's cropped pants are a classic spring and summer wardrobe staple. Occupying the space between full-length pants and short shorts, cropped pants offer plenty of coverage while allowing you to show off your ankles or your favorite shoes. Despite what you may have been led to believe, cropped pants aren’t just for summer anymore. We think cropped pants are perfect for any season, and we are here to tell you why.
A cropped style of pants allows you to choose from a variety of fits and styles. You could opt for a pair of fitted, high-waisted denim cropped pants or a pair of wide-legged linen cropped pants. With so much variety within one style, everyone is sure to find the perfect and unique style and fit for them.
Opt for a pair of cropped pants with a hemline that falls between your calf and ankle. Capri-style pants that end in the middle of the calf can accentuate the widest part of our leg, giving your legs a potentially awkward cut-off look. But choosing a cropped pant with a wider hem that falls just below the calf offers a flattering and slimming effect.
Denim cropped pants are a staple and a go-to choice for any casual occasion. These comfortable but stylish pants can be found in a variety of cuts and designs and are ideal for anything from running errands or going out with friends to simply lounging around your home. Pair your denim cropped pants with a classic plain white women’s t-shirt and street sneakers for a casual-cool look.
Cropped pants can be a fantastic choice for more formal affairs as well. As mentioned, when these types of pants fit well, and the hemline falls where you want it to, these pants are flattering on every body. Invest in a pair of silk or satin cropped pants to pair with a matching top and your best strappy high heels for a night out. Additionally, you could wear a neutral-colored tailored cropped pant with a blazer, a men’s button down oxford, and a pair of loafers or oxfords for a chic and professional office outfit.
We love cropped pants for the warmer-weather seasons — not only to feel the breeze on our ankles in the summer but also because this shorter style of pants allows you to show off your favorite fashionable footwear. Wear your cropped yoga pants with your best running shoes or trainers. Or wear your wide-legged linen cropped pants with a tucked-in silky camisole and some cute strappy sandals for a beachy summery vibe.
Loose-fitting cropped styles are the perfect breezy articles to wear in the spring and summer. You will likely want to opt for lighter colors, such as white or beige. These light, neutral tones will help keep you cool and make for easy outfit planning, as they pair well with any other color you’d like to incorporate into your outfit.
Also, consider investing in lightweight fabrics, such as cotton or linen, to keep you cool and carefree. Wide-legged cropped pants are the style pick of the summer as they allow for maximum airflow and help you stay cool during the hottest months. Pair a high-waisted cropped pant with a flowy crop top blouse. Wear a pair of cuffed denim cropped pants with a white women's linen shirt and show off your favorite ankle boots.
As the weather gets colder, you may look at your cropped pants and think you may need to pack them away until spring. Not so fast. You can wear your cropped pants any time of the year with the right layering and styling. When deciding to wear your cropped pants through the fall and into the winter, there are a few factors to consider. First, you may want to invest in cropped pants of slightly different fabrics than your summer wear. Choose thicker, denser fabrics that will help keep you warm, such as wool or denim. This is also the time of year we tend to shift away from light, breezy colors and opt for darker hues such as black, brown, navy blue, or dark green.
When styling your cropped pants in the early fall, it is probably still warm enough to expose your lower leg and ankle. You could take your favorite summer cropped pants and make them your new favorite fall cropped pants simply by pairing them with a pair of boots, a cable knit sweater, and a leather jacket. Cropped pants are also a great option for showing off your favorite warm socks.
In the colder winter months, keep wearing your favorite cropped pants — and stay warm while doing so — by simply layering a pair of warm wool tights or leggings underneath. Pair with your winter boots and winter women's wool jacket for your staple winter look this year.
With so many different cuts, fabrics, and patterns to choose from, it’s no wonder cropped pants are our favorite style for every season.