4.14.2015

The Pants

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.

As many of you know, recently I was interviewed for the website, Fabulous After 40 by Deborah Boland. The feature was an incredible experience. I thoroughly enjoyed delving in and talking about fashion and style. Because of the feature, So What to Twenty gained many new friends. To you all, whether you're new to the family or have been a part for some time...


 

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40 comments:

  1. You sure pulled this off Glenda! Those pants look great on you. I am not tall either, probably 5'3" but petites don't fit right and regular lengths always need to be hemmed. I have a serious problem with crops, but think that you nailed it here with the thinner, more drapey fabric. And yes, to me 'squatty' is certainly a word!! What I especially like here is the peplum top with the pants. And the added height with the heel. Cropped pants are not easy to wear, but you have styled them perfectly! Karen

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    1. Aw, thank you Karen. I was worried about the look and hoped that what I was doing would register with my readers. It is a tough pant to wear, but if there is a will - there is a way. I find the petites at Loft fit me like a glove. Have you tried them?

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    2. I haven't tried the petites at the Loft, but I certainly will. I think once I find the right source, that will make shopping a lot easier. Good thing I know how to sew because I do a lot of hemming!!

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  2. The look is stunning and I really liked how you explained the altering process. Even though everyone isn't petite, we all have to alter some things in some form! jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com
    ps...totally coveting that top!

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    1. Hi Jodie and thank you. I found the top available on eBay. If you search Zara Neoprene Floral Peplum, it should come up.

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  3. You look incredible, Glenda! And thank you for sharing your secrets - it was an interesting read. I'll pay attention to a lightweight fabric for pants, it's a great idea. You created such an elegant, yet lighthearted outfit - love it! xxx

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    1. Thank you, Natalia! I enjoyed the pants even though I was worried about them at first. It took to photo sessions to finally come up with a look that added the length. Thank heavens for a patient photographer. The stiffer fabrics, I would imagine, would be very difficult for short leg women to wear. I tried on a view pair and they didn't resonate. The drapey fabrics were all so much more becoming.

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  4. I appreciate these kinds of posts very much, although I do completely understand that you choose not to make every post bod-type specific. You've created a lovely silhouette! I really don't think we can go much shorter on the leg length though, do you agree? I've been reading some posts on culottes, and I just don't see that look as being flattering AT ALL. Perhaps on some petites that are short waisted? But not for short legged petites...

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    1. Thank you, Sue and YES, I agree with you. To go any shorter would be fashion suicide. The gaucho length is definitely for our more leggy sisters. Not a look I'm wanting to wear. Although I do recall my mother making me a colorful pair in the 70s.

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  5. You did a wonderful job! I love the length of the pants and am IN love with the top.the shape is just perfect with the pants and a pretty print!

    Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday!
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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  6. They look amazing on you! I've seen a gorgeous black pair but wasn't sure if being short I'd pull them off so you've inspired me to try! I bet you wear these loads! Andrea x

    http://inmamaswardrobe.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I almost got them in black but decided to go daring with the soft white. I'm glad I did!

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  7. I agree that the peplum and the heels elongate your legs here. You did a brilliant job. There is no way in a million years I would have guessed you are that tiny. I'd be towering over you! LOL and I can't say that about many people.

    bisous
    Suzanne
    http://www.suzannecarillo.com

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    1. Yep, I'm a bit small, but I like it. I'm glad the look translated on camera. Thanks, Suzanne. Btw, I'm use to looking up at everyone.

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  8. Glenda,
    I adore this look, and how well thought out it is. the result is stunning Love the floral neoprene. The contrasting patterns of the top helps define your curvy shape and looks sexy and on trend.
    Love the cream-white wide leg pants. i agree that can be a challenge , with our stature, but this worked superbly!
    XX, Elle
    http://mydailycostume.com

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    1. I remember having second thoughts about the top when I received it. It has grown on me. I don't wear too many prints, but this one is quite unique. Thank you, my friend!

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  9. Hello Glenda! I am not petite (I am actually 5' 7 1/2) but I enjoyed reading this post and learning about a fashion trick for petites to wear wide-legged, cropped pants. Why? Because I can now pass it along to my beautiful (like you!) petite friends and readers. Loved the way you explained it and the rational behind every step you took. You are so amazing Glenda and very stylish too! The pants fit you beautifully and the top.... I want for myself! I love flowers and I love peplum tops and the one you are wearing is absolutely gorgeous. Didn't know until now (I have been a little out of the blogging world as of late) about your interview so once I am done typing this comment I am heading over to read it. So happy for you and I am sure it is amazing just like you:-) Have a wonderful week my beautiful friend and have a wonderful rest of the week. XOXO, Jeannette

    www.msjeannieandhercloset.com

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    1. Hi Jeannie! I'm so glad this post was well received. I've been wanting to do a more descriptive post for a long time. The pants gave the perfect opportunity. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Sometimes we have to play tricks to get that certain look. The top was still available on eBay. Search Zara neoprene floral peplum top and it should come up. Good luck, my beautiful friend.

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  10. You did so well with styling these trousers. I wouldn't even have tried. And even though I am 5ft74 I very much enjoy your explanation how you styled it. It educated me in this difficult area (for me it is a difficult area). You have done so well. I admire you. But you knew that.
    Greetje

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    1. They can be a tricky pant, for sure. Thank you so much, Greetje!

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  11. The outfit looked attractive and elegant on you, I love the way it shows off your shoes and your explanation was delightfully educational. However, my eyes just can't get used to the wide-and-cropped pant. They seem either too short (for a wide pant) or too long (for an almost culotte). I'm sure my eyes will adjust around about the time all you fashion forward types have moved on. Story of my life, but it's a fun post.

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    1. It is a very unique length, for sure. If I don't keep the shoe open and simple, I'm sure the line would be awful on me. Thank you so very much for the kind words!

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  12. You look lovely in these pants and your fashion story was well received. Kudos and keep em coming. . .

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    1. Thank you, Neti, I'm glad you enjoyed the story.

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  13. Werk! You are wearing the fool out of that outfit... and that shirt is FIYAH!!

    Okay... now the mature me will comment (lol). Glenda, you are absolutely fabulous. I am so happy I was introduced to this blog. Gorgeous clothes, worn well, gives me life!

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    1. This is wonderful, your comment made me smile. Thank you for joining me at the blog, and I'm glad you enjoy my fashion choices :)

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  14. What a great look Glenda! You are absolutely right about the wide leg cropped pants being difficult to pull off but you certainly have done it right girl :))
    Nora
    www.jacketsociety.com

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    1. A huge compliment coming from you, Nora. Thank you!

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  15. SOLD on these pants! You are such a chic mother! Love this entire look!

    xx Cara
    www.carascliche.com

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    1. Thank you, Cara. I see you in your cropped trousers and I said, "I want a pair!"

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  16. Glenda, you did the proportions perfectly here! What a stunning and chic look, Lady! Thanks for sharing with Fun Fashion Friday!
    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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  17. I like everything about this outfit very chic and classy. I also enjoyed the reading. Funny enough, I pulled out a similar cropped pants (white) from my wardrobe a few hours ago to send to the dry cleaner (I usually called those pants: culottes).
    It is nice meeting you. I like your blog's name actually and looking at your posts I fully agree.
    Xoxo,
    Iris @ lamoumous.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Iris! The name came to me because the fashion industries obsession with young women. The name isn't a slight to our younger women, but a mantra to the more seasoned; to remind us that we're still valuable.

      I'm glad you like the look ;)

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  18. That fit on those pants is super cute on you! I'm at the other end of the spectrum. I'm 5'9 1/2" so where the pants "hit" is also an issue for me, even though I'm tall.

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    1. Thank you, Pamela! I guess we have to see the potential of garments and adjust appropriately.

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  19. I saw these pants and loved them, but thought my legs are too short. Now, you have me thinking to go back and try them! They look fabulous on you and the peplum does add the length!!! Perfection! Have a great weekend, Glenda!
    xo,
    Monica
    http://GlamVolution.blogspot.com

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    1. Monica, I have the shortest legs ever. If I can wear them...anyone can. Go for it!

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  20. Really great outfit Glenda! I love how you explained the little tricks of proportion and color. I love the peplum on you and those Orange shoes are right up my alley. Another fabulous look!
    Cherie

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