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Why can capris be unflattering?
Of course everyone can wear them, but if you like to have a flattering silhouette I would advise on not wearing capris when:. In principle though, almost everyone can wear capris or cropped pants so long as you take your body into account and make adjustments accordingly to create the silhouette that flatters your body and proportions.
To give you some ideas on how you can wear capris and cropped pants I will show you some of mine. You be the judge on what looks best or which look you prefer! These images are older, but I thought I would still include them here as they illustrate the difference between full length pants and cropped pants so clearly.
This is one of my favorite ways to wear capris. Capris usually look good with a funky top tucked into your trousers. The bulkiness at the top of these particular white capris add a bit more fun to the look. Why not add a polkadot belt as well for even more fun! Please note that my wide pants are too short for these high heels. My legs would look much longer if the pants almost reached the ground as they should do!
Orange top from Alldressedup, paired with left wide legged Kookai pants and right Zara cropped white pants. This look is more elegant and classic in my opinion, caused partly by the simple black and white combination and the woollen fabric of the capris.
I feel that is essential with wider cropped pants like these ones in order to keep a streamlined and flattering silhouette.
My white Zara cropped pants are still going strong. Here worn with my new Rollie shoes which are super light weigh highly recommended. These look best with a wider and long top and can be very flattering. They are perfect for warmer weather. Not too thin and very stretchy and comfortable. They are also great for tucking in your tummy.
One use per customer. For more tips on wearing leggings, check the article how to wear leggings after All of the above looks can be found in the What I wore section of this site. Here are some capris you can buy right now online. While looking at the images my conclusion on wearing capris and cropped pants would be that they look a bit hipper and more fun, while my long trousers combinations are more elegant and provide the nice long leg silhouette.
Please bear in mind ladies that all these are just guidelines. Always let your eyes be the judge if the outfit with capris looks good on you.
Some of you may even be able to rock your capris outfits without following any of them. These guidelines will just let you be aware of the challenges of wearing capris so that you can work with those and make it work! While doing this exercise myself, I actually discovered some fun new combinations in my cupboard as well. Want to get our full comprehensive guide on how to wear all kinds of pants the right way and what shoes to wear with them?
Be sure to request our free style guide below! I especially love your first look with the tunic and capris. I have definitely been wearing my share of capris but they do have their challenges. One comment — I always think high heels look like middle aged women in mauve shell suits, peroxide hair and too much makeup; sorry, but much prefer a small heel, which does lengthen legs but avoids the tarty.
These are great tips! Thank you so much. I think the clothing manufacturers need to be more consistent with their labels. And as I suspected — shoes are key! Thanks so much for this timely and very useful post.
Hi Anne, Sorry I made an error now corrected. Any pants that stop anywhere at the calf are classified as capris. But when they stop at or just below the knee they are bermudas. Pants that end anywhere around the calf are the most challenging to wear as they shorten the legs. Happy to read that the article was helpful to you! Thank you for this post.
I have actually been wearing capris for several years but am now wondering if mine are slightly to short. I too wear them with tunics which is a favorite style choice. If you have time I just put a new Trending link up. If they are not too short you may want to wear them now already with some ankle booties! As always a nice, clear and structured article. The most left one is indeed a capri.
Or do I see that wrong? The last one is borderline for sure. But the pants are definitely too short. And any pants that are too short, I treat them like capris. Aha, thanks for the explanation. And it shows how things can appear different in different pictures;-. Thanks for a very informative article!
I love the outfit with the white dress and camel capris! Paired with nude shoes I feel that I can pull it off: I cannot chose between the orange top outfit nice, the polka dot belt and the black and white very nice necklace. But that is because I love black and white and I love colour.
And especially when you are wearing a dress on top of it. Dresses with trousers are a difficult thing for me, and you love the look. So many people… so many opinions. As my pair with the black stripe at the side and the orange top see style forum. I still have a lot of trousers that end halfway my calf. But I have nice legs, so I will keep wearing them. I think I follow all your rules, but I will pay more attention.
You probably would have liked the combination I wore today then. I wore my dark grey capris with the orange top and the polkadot belt! Thank you so much for this review. I have really been confused by the pant leg lengths this year. Capri — cropped- cigarette — never sure where they should hit on my leg and how to wear them. But now know that some should be hemmed to look more capri-ish.
I actually like them a bit longer… For a slightly shorter look on certain occasions you may just twist them over. Another great article Sylvia. You never disappoint your readers. I love the new ankle length pants. I am short but have long legs for my height so I can wear shorter pants if they are tight enough. That is the key to looking good in them — they must hug my legs all the way down. I think they are a modern and playful look — the fun in fashion keeps us youthful.
I need to do some mixing and matching in my closet. I appreciate the extensiveness of your advise. Must have cost you a lot of time. And it is very helpful. As a matter of fact, it inspired me so much … you know what is coming now.. Very hip but not too young. I know, I know… I should go through my wardrobe and make other combinations…, I am so weak.
I just LOVE capris! Yours are fabulous — the skinny look is so flattering. I use the rule of thirds with all my dressing. Breaking your body in half is just so unflattering! Hope that more people are going to contribute. If not, I hope it inspires them. I am open to any comment. Great to see that you are mixing and matching Greetje. To go to one of the threads Greetje has posted and to give feedback visit: You might be interested in knowing that the tunic-cropped pants look was popular at the Fall Fashion Week.
Thanks Karen for your kind words. Cropped pants are here to stay! I also included these trends in my trend report for Fall Though I am tall and slim, still was hesitating to wear pants which stopped just above ankle. Now I definitely know how to pair them with tunics and tops. Can I wear formal looking capris longer ones at workplace??
Should I pair them with shoes or heels? Yes, I think that capris can look very chic in the worklplace and would be suitable for most workplaces. I think a shoe with a low heel would be nice.
The shoes I showed in the pictures are actually not ideal as shoes with no straps will be even better for a longer leg line. But if you are tall, you can get away with many types of shoes. Thanks for the article. Capri pants were much in evidence yesterday in London where the sun finally decided to shine. I was thinking of altering my black Joseph work suit to make the trousers as we English say capri length. I am not short and very slim. But now I am hesitating. Capris are very much on trend and will continue to be so for the coming season as well.
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