cropped jeans

This is the summer of cropped jeans and we are loving it! But sometimes we can all be at a loss when it comes to styling our crops. I find myself standing in front of the mirror and somehow the whole look doesn’t feel right, makes me look too frumpy, or too short, or even – hell – too fat.

I was curious to find out more about how to style them and especially what kind of shoes work with what kind of length. The trick is: Don’t think in specific inches, but rather, work within your proportions.

Never let the hem hit higher than your calf muscle.

Flex your foot. Feel where the bulk of your calf tapers off into your Achilles’? That’s exactly where your pants should hit, if not lower. (Any higher and you run into Florida-retiree-capri-pant territory.)

Drop the hem closer to you ankle with skinny jeans.

Skinnies that skim the ankle are the right way to do them. The best options are to pair them with loafers or flats to bring a balance. If you want to do sneakers, avoid heavy and bulky styles, and opt instead for a classic slip-on. (A pointy heel and skinny jean is too 2012.)

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Show off your heels in wide-leg cropped jeans.

Culottes are the ideal vehicle for a festive heel. Overall, fashion is more relaxed right now. So if you have some baggy or wide-leg cropped jeans, you can balance them with a sharp shoe. But try not to wear a “sharp” jeans with a sharp shoe.

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And the most difficult cropped denim style: the cropped boot-cut

You need to be most careful with this style that tends to make you look shorter and quite unproportional. After having experimented quite a few times, I came to the conclusion that less attention calling flat shoes work best with this style. Try a pair of good old school Keds, or Vans slip-on sneakers.

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