If you’ve caught on to the trend of cropped pants in January and fear your ankles will freeze while wearing them in the cold, worry not — the right footwear will help you pull off the look and keep you warm while you’re at it.
For starters, make sure your boots, closed-toe heels, or sneakers complement the hem length. When wearing sneakers or closed-toe shoes, a couple inches of ankle space looks chic and breaks up the pattern. If you’re trying boots, make sure your pants reach the top of the shaft so you don’t look like you’re wearing something too short for your legs. Here are seven easy ways to go short.
Flared Cropped Pants
These cotton flared cropped pants by Awake take a chic turn when paired with white ankle boots (arguably the coolest footwear of the season). A bright sweater balances the dark shade of the pants.
Crepe Slim Cropped Pants
Switch up your black-pants routine with cropped black culottes. Paired with a fancy Saint Laurent blouse and suede Chloe platforms (and tights obviously), they’re also a nice alternative to the cocktail dress.
Denim Cropped Pants
The slight flare on Frame’s cropped jeans adds dimension without making them look dated. Embrace the sporty look with a track sweater and fresh pair of Nikes.
Embellished Cropped Pants
Let Marc Jacobs’s sequined, cropped army pants speak for themselves by wearing a plain black bodysuit and black boots. The pants will still be the focal point, but the solid colors will break up the busy pattern.
Satin Cropped Pants
Satin may not be as warm as other materials, but it is one of the classiest. Stay toasty in these pants by wearing nude tights underneath. When paired with a simple nude suede shoe and Proenza Schouler’s bell-sleeve blouse, this outfit is a sleek alternative to everyday work wear.
Leather Cropped Pants
These cropped J Brand leather pants have a layer of stretch-coated denim underneath, so they won’t stick to your legs. Wear them with a bright oversized sweater and Chelsea boots.
Jersey Cropped Pants
If you want to try the track-pants trend, try wearing Gucci’s version with a metallic ankle boot and a cozy thermal.
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