The pants of the season can leave some of us in a quandary. I'm all for a wide-legged pant, but a wide-legged, cropped pant could propose a challenge. You see, I'm just a smidgen over 5 feet tall with a inseam of 28 inches. In addition, I have a long waistline. Wearing this style of pant could potentially make me appear squatty (is that a word?), if not done with careful attention to detail.
In order to create an illusion of length, I first selected a trouser in a lightweight fabric that has movement and drape. The pants in this post are made from 73% rayon and 27% linen. Pants made of a thicker fabric could make me appear fuller. Next, I chose a shoe that gave a clean, open visual effect, and added height. For my torso, a fitted neoprene peplum was selected. The appearance of a continuous line was created since the main color in the top mimics the color in the pants. Also, the ruffle seam for the peplum hits an inch above my natural waistline, which makes my waistline appear shorter. Thus creating an illusion of having more length. I hope that wasn't confusing. Take a look.
Today's Look - Cropped Wide-Leg Pants in Whisper White: Loft; Neoprene Peplum: Zara (Old. Found a few on eBay. Also options HERE); Orange Strappy Sandals: Nine West (Old. Options at Shopstyle)
Here's another little secret. Since the pants didn't come in petite sizing I had to buy the regular. The regular size wore like normal pants rather than cropped, so I had to hem them. I also wanted to add a cuff, however cuffs do make short legs look even shorter. I decided to create a faux cuff by hemming a large hem on the inside. Since the pants are made of a lightweight fabric, you can see the hem through the pants and thus creating the illusion of a cuff without breaking the line of the pants.
I was a little apprehensive about buying the pants. However, since I was able to get them at an extremely low cost, I was willing to go for it. Normally I don't write post that explain fashion tricks for body types. Reason being is all of my readers are not petite or have the same body type as mine. I want So What to Twenty to be relevant to everyone. Therefore, when I write about fashion, I speak about it as an extension to everyday life. Hence the tag line - Where Life and Fashion Intersect.
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