Measuring in at 5'1 (and a 1/2!) finding pants that fit me lengthwise is no easy feat. Most times I find a pant that I like I must have it hemmed. That brings on an inner struggle over whether or not the quality of the garment justifies the additional cost of alterations. If I was buying high end, designer items I would not hesitate to splash out on tailoring. At that rate, I assume I would also be buying items I planned on keeping in my wardrobe forever. In reality my closet is full of some better brands and well made items that I consider timeless, but also some lower end "fast fashion" too. When I was desiring a pair of printed slim ankle pants for summer I found a fab tan and white pair at New York & Company. For the ticket price it doesn't matter if I pull them out next spring or summer and say "never again" or "been there, done that". It's a wallet friendly chance to live in the moment.
For this spring/summer I have been on the lookout for affordable pants in vibrant hues to color block or pair with a classic white button up. I ended up finding some at New York & Company in a royal blue, a salmon pink, and that gorgeous green hue above. The only issue that had me hesitating was that these pants only come in "crop" length. Years ago I remember watching Clinton and Stacey tell a poor, disheveled soul that the crop pant was the most universally unflattering pant. No matter the body type, they said "NO!" to the crop pant. That split second of television watching has stuck in my head for years, scarring me and steering me far away from anything above the ankle and below the knee.
Yet I still tried on these colored crops. I was pleased to see that when standing, they hit just above my ankle. When paired with a heel, I didn't find them unflattering at all. In fact, in the above Instagrams, I wore a royal blue silk button up under that white linen blazer with those gorgeous green pants. I felt like it was a flattering look. Had I worn those pants without a heel, my legs would have been drastically "shortened" and frankly, I think they would have looked "stubby" and totally unflattering.
Yesterday as I waited to be seated at a restaurant for lunch, I saw a mom walk by wearing a crop that hit her mid calf with backless sneakers. I don't mean to sound judgmental because I could care less about whether other people are "fashionable" but I could hear Clinton and Stacey's voices in my head saying how this length does nothing for anyone's shape and I couldn't help but turn it on myself wonder if my crop pants make me look like that too. Heel or not.
So what do you think Ladies? Are crop pants a do, a don't, or a "if worn in the right context" sort of item?
jacket & pants: ny&co