Styling a pair of cropped pants can be tricky especially if you´re petite because they cut your stems making you appear short-legged or shorter than you actually are.
Because NOT compromising your vertical line is very important to me, in this article I focused on cropped pants with hemlines that fall somewhere between the mid-calf and knee instead of the more challenging, crime against fashion, capri pants.
But first, let´s have a short quiz:
Which shoes are the best choice to wear with cropped pants?
A. Gladiator sandals
B. A range of stilettos to stacked wedge heels
C. Chunky, square heels
D. A range of sassy flats to sweet medium heels.
So what´s your answer? Ahh, I bet you scrolled down to check this article´s subheadings. Don´t cheat …
The correct answer is D.
The photo of Audrey Hepburn above, in dark cropped pants, white sweater and white ballet flats, already gave away the correct answer.
Cropped Pants with Sassy Flats
Whatever your choice of cropped pants, from stretchy fitted, skinnies to square pants and joggers, the sassy flat shoes that are safe to were with them include ballet flats, smoking slippers and no-bulky slip-ons. Flat shoes with pointed toes will do you favor if you´re petite as they give the illusion of longer legs.
Avoid flat ankle boots or trainers because they will overwhelm the result.
See: How I wore cropped red skinny pants with white jacket and pumps for fall.
Cropped Boyfriend Jeans with Moccasin
For a casual weekend look, it´s refreshing to wear some cropped dark jeans with nude ballet flats. On some days, try swapping the ballets with brown moccasins. A large tote bag is perfect to complete the outfit.
Cropped Pants with Medium Heels
To look polished and elegant in cropped pants, wear them with low vamp pointed toe, medium height heels. The low vamp and pointed toe features of your shoes will extend the line from your ankle to your toe. The ideal mid heels are around two to three inches.
Although tall, slim models could get away with cropped pants and pointed toe ankle boots; unless you have their height and figure you may want to steer clear of ankle boots.
Avoid extra high heels, skyscraper platforms or gladiator shoes because they will distract the outfit. They grab the eye and the attention will linger on them.
Cropped Black Skinny Jeans with Mid Heels
I love this skinny tux jean from Lucky Brand; I find it cool and modern. Notice that it looks great with wine red pumps. It´s a great way to add color to your outfit, especially if you will mismatch it with a colored bag.
But remember that although colored, the shoes are still on the dark shade family. Avoid bright attention grabbing colored or patterned pumps, they too will cut your vertical line.
When in doubt, you will never go wrong with mid heel pumps that match the color of your cropped pants. In fact, they´re the most recommended.