Incredibly adaptable, great looking and stylish no matter what shape or age you are, cropped trousers are a key wardrobe item this spring/summer. Retaining their place after being an autumn/winter trend, cropped womens trousers come in a range of styles and colours and are ideal for summer holiday preparations.
It’s amazing how taking a few inches off the bottom of your trousers can make you feel summery without actually exposing much flesh. Cropped trousers give you a great line, and work well with a wide range of footwear, including beach flip-flops, quirky flat pumps and the full range of heel heights. Easy to wear, they can be matched with vest-tops, polo shirts, tunics and more, so give you a really versatile option.
First, let’s talk about length. For some people, cropped trousers end just below the knee, whilst for others they are almost ankle-skimming. The truth is that anything goes, as long as you can carry it off. If you have shorter legs between calf and ankle, don’t wear cropped trousers that finish half way down your calf, but opt for something just below knee-line, or down at your ankles to make your legs look longer. If you have long legs, you can wear pretty much any length, and you might want to get a couple of pairs so that you have shorter trousers for larking around on the beach, and longer ones to wear out at night with heels and some fantastic accessories.
Then, it’s up to you whether you choose plain or patterned. This season, bright colours and black and white patterns are key trends. You can opt for these looks on top and keep your trousers plain and simple, or you can stand out from the crowd and choose patterned trousers and plainer tops, accessorising with round sunglasses and bright beach bags.
You might also want to choose cropped trousers for work. Several retailers have tailored versions available that you can match with blouses or smart tops and wear to work in the summer instead of skirts – a great way to stay cool and build up your style points.
Cropped trousers are certainly here to stay – for this season at least – so if you don’t already own a pair, perhaps now’s a great time to head off to the shops, or sit down at your PC and do a little browsing. After all, at an affordable price and perfectly on-trend, it would be a shame to miss out.
Emma is a leading fashion blogger who has posted on many different fashion blogs.