What's the Right Way to Wear Cropped Pants?

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio DPhoto: Marko Metzinger/Studio DBy Adam Glassman

Q: Once and for all, who can wear cropped pants, and how do you do it right?

A: Capris, pedal pushers, high-waters-whatever you want to call them, pants that hit above the ankle tend to shorten your frame, which is why petites struggle with the look.

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But women of any height can wear them by focusing on creating the longest line possible: Stick to plain, straight-leg versions, à la Jackie O., free of cuffs, bulky pockets, and other bells and whistles.

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Add height with wedges or slingback heels, or try flats with elongating pointy toes. (If you prefer open-toes, keep your pedicure neutral.)

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Make sure your blouse falls below the waist, and add a blazer or belt in similar tones-short, boxy shirts and contrasting colors interrupt your silhouette.

From Left to Right: Pants, $70; express.com. Blazer, Express, $80, express.com. Blouse, Rebecca Taylor, $275, bloomingdales.com. Wedge, Tory Burch, $275, toryburch.com. Flat, Coye Nokes, $245, coyenokes.com. Heel, Sam Edelman, $115, zappos.com. Pants, $88; anntaylor.com. Blouse, Talbots, $99, talbots.com. Necklace, Sequin, $275, 312-224-4859. Belt, Chinese Laundry $43, belgolux.com.

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