November 1, 2016

Cropped Flares: Laura’s Take (& Re-take)

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Cropped flares week, y’all! I can’t believe I’m saying that. Ok, we all know this is a tough trend to try, especially for us shorties. And, you can see here, I had trouble with it, too. Come along as I wade through the cropped flares debacle and come out somewhat unscathed on the other side of it…

The First Take, With Amazing Photos
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My dear friend Nicole was here and took these gorgeous shots. I love her photography and we were downtown near the Ace Hotel in the iconic part of Portland. I adore these photos…but I don’t adore my outfit. It was just…ok. The jacket makes it look good…passable even, but without the jacket on, it was just not flattering. The top is sleeveless and showed some rolls and was distracting. But I do think the jeans and boot combo works. I just had to try something a bit less preppy…

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Wearing

Jacket: (similar) London Fog Heritage Trench Coat in Petite – This coat is very similar to mine and I’ve tried this one on. I adore it and it has a removable liner. I’m such a fan of the trench now to bump up a casual jeans and sneakers outfit.

Top: (similar) Halogen Ribbed Funnel Neck Sleeveless Shell – Ok, but, when I was searching for my top that didn’t work well here I got way distracted and found THIS! Omg. The lovely spice color wouldn’t work with my black jeans here, but I think it’d be great with other cropped flares! Something that adds length, like the trench does here, seems to work well with this jean style.

Boots: (old Zara) These Sam Edelman Taye Boots would be more comfortable around the top and have a very similar heel and shape to mine.

Jeans: Paige Colette High Rise Raw Hem Crop Flare Jeans – These. I love them. I had to crop them a bit more, but being raw hem, that was easy. They are slimming in the black denim and they are only slightly flared. I don’t feel like they cut off my legs and make my hips look wide as some of the other DIY flares did for me. Give them a try. Give them a chance. I actually did wear them to an event the other day with the ankle strap heels and loved them.

Sunglasses: Target Women’s Journey Round Sunglasses – These are an inexpensive pair I tried to get me into the round glasses trend. They’re fine for now, but these are on my wish list now that I know I love this shape.

The Second Take, Wherein The Outfit is More ‘Me’

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I think the reason this combo works better for me is that by pairing the casual, plaid flannel with the other dressier pieces you get that interest or unexpected element that you know I love. The black and white plaid is less distracting than a colorful plaid would be with this color trench and the black jeans. The half-tuck here needs a little work, but it’s what happens when you run with a toddler during the photoshoot #outfitprobs

Wearing

Jacket: (similar) London Fog Heritage Trench Coat in Petite – This coat is very similar to mine and I’ve tried this one on. I adore it and it has a removable liner. I’m such a fan of the trench now to bump up a casual jeans and sneakers outfit.

Top: (similar) B.P. Plaid Flannel Shirt

Boots: (old Zara) These Sam Edelman Taye Boots would be more comfortable around the top and have a very similar heel and shape to mine.

Jeans: Paige Colette High Rise Raw Hem Crop Flare Jeans – These. I love them. I had to crop them a bit more, but being raw hem, that was easy. They are slimming in the black denim and they are only slightly flared. I don’t feel like they cut off my legs and make my hips look wide as some of the other DIY flares did for me. Give them a try. Give them a chance. I actually did wear them to an event the other day with the ankle strap heels and loved them.

 

The Third Look, Featuring Fringed Flats

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Wearing

Jacket: (old Gap) Liverpool Moto Asymmetrical Jacket – This one looks super similar and is sweatshirt material. YES.

Top: (old Forever 21) Modcloth Meow That We Found Love – Cute, simple cat tee. Love. Or, my favorite #womenpower tee  would be awesome.

Flats: Atrevida Gray Fringe Flats – Found these thanks to Jess’ post (thanks Jess, I love them!!) I’m finding an ankle strap shoe, whether flat or heeled, is more flattering with the cropped flares.

Jeans: Paige Colette High Rise Raw Hem Crop Flare Jeans – These. I love them. I had to crop them a bit more, but being raw hem, that was easy. They are slimming in the black denim and they are only slightly flared. I don’t feel like they cut off my legs and make my hips look wide as some of the other DIY flares did for me. Give them a try. Give them a chance. I actually did wear them to an event the other day with the ankle strap heels and loved them.

The Take-Away

So, I’m still on the fence about the cropped flares in general, but I have actually worn this black pair out to an event and felt good in them! That day I wore them with my ankle strap black wedge sandals. It’s getting a little cool for that now, but I’ll try to post a picture soon on Instagram (find me @elletrain over there). I think the ankle strap helps them out a lot.

We really would love to see some reader photos, (misery loves company, right? Hahaha) so be sure to tag @shanachristine and use the hashtag #croppedjeanproblems on Instagram so we can all weigh in!

Come to the dark side…

L

23 Comments
  • CindyJo
    November 1, 2016

    I think you nailed it. By far the best of the looks.

  • Lori
    November 1, 2016

    So good! I LOVE the fringe flats with the cropped jeans ! You nailed it!

  • Sarah E Veksler
    November 1, 2016

    The link for the fringed flats takes me to a plaid shirt.

    • Laura Jansen
      November 1, 2016

      Oops, sorry about that. Thank you for letting me know! It’s fixed now.

  • Hanna
    November 2, 2016

    You look fabulous in all the photos! Like previously stated, you nailed it.

  • Jem
    November 2, 2016

    You did it Laura! I agree that your looks are the best I’ve seen. I could actually see myself wearing the fringe flats look. I never thought I’d say it but maybe cropped flares aren’t so bad!

  • Maria G
    November 2, 2016

    Best so far. I still hate this trend and refuse to wear it myself, but you look cute. Also maybe your style is just more my speed, so that helps, but I love how you’ve styled these beasts. Fringe flats, YAS. Again, can’t see these as terribly useful as the cold weather keeps coming, so happily skip this trend, I will! But you have convinced me that they can be worn without looking like a bad 90s sitcom reject.

  • Jess
    November 2, 2016

    I’d have to disagree on the fringe flats. To me they make it seem like you didn’t know your pants were too short because the pants touch the shoes and the fringe is distracting somehow. It seems like people only really like cropped “flare” pants when there isn’t too much flare. And then they’re just cropped pants. Something we’ve been doing for years.

    • Holly
      November 2, 2016

      Agree with this. I like the pants, but not wit the fringe flats. To each their own though!

  • Charlotte
    November 2, 2016

    I agree that this is the best so far – and gives me some hope. BUT, I’m having trouble pulling the trigger. How do you make it look intentional rather than like you got dressed in the dark? I think this is a sticking point for me in terms of trying out most trends!

  • JAL
    November 2, 2016

    With the boots is quite good! Nicely done! I think it’s the monochromatic aspect tricking our eyes into not noticing the cropped flares too much. I’m afraid with the fringed flats is just really really unflattering, though…

  • Kristy B
    November 2, 2016

    Spot on!!!!! Perfect

  • Bridgett
    November 2, 2016

    I just…can’t love this trend. If they look awkward on you (sorry!), they’ll look horrible on me. The monochromatic look of the jeans and boots is my favorite, if I was to pick one…but I’m not a fan of the fringed flats I think due to the stark color contrast. Maybe if they were black I would like them?

  • Jill
    November 2, 2016

    I love the trench with the black jeans and black boots. Super cute.

  • abbie
    November 2, 2016

    This is definitely my favorite rendition of cropped flares. The pair that you are wearing are less “mom like” then the other pairs of jeans we’ve seen. Perhaps Paige has figured out the secret ingredient.

  • Juliet Gisondi-Mazzia
    November 2, 2016

    If Emmanuelle Alt looks awkward in it… it’s just not a great look on anyone. Have yet to see it really rock….

  • Francine
    November 2, 2016

    It always comes to fit and flatter, regardless of trends. And frankly, I don’t think anyone should have to work this hard to wear a pair of jeans. Time to just say no and let it go!

  • Christy Hartman
    November 2, 2016

    I think they make your legs look shorter than they are and it’s throwing your proportions WAY off. I think you’d have to wear heels to make up for it. Sorry, still not sold.

  • Abby G.
    November 2, 2016

    So…the cropped flair. To be honest, while you ladies are able to rock it, I just don’t see myself going there (though who knows..it takes me a few seasons to warm up to new trends/sillouettes 😉 so I won’t say “Never”). My question is this: Shana, in your first post on cropped flairs you made a comment about staying somewhat modern with jeans (I totally get that!) however, what is considered “classic” in denim? For instance, I wanted to invest in a good pair of jeans, I would want something classic, that I could pull out anytime (like the Trench Coat) and feel timeless. Is there even such a thing with jeans? Or are they just so ever-changing that that isn’t possible with jeans? I am curious as to your thoughts on this 🙂 And even though I won’t be rushing out to buy cropped flairs, I am loving this series. It’s so fun and interesting to see this look on a variety of gals and each with her own flair and style 🙂

    • Laura
      November 3, 2016

      Laura here. Thanks for the really great honest yet thoughtful comment! That is a seriously good question, too. I will be sure to bring it up to the team because I want to know, as well! My instinct is to say a slim darker blue wash but slightly faded jean that isn’t destructed would be a good classic jean. Not a really skinny jean but slimmer than a straight leg. Now I’m on the hunt to see if these exist. I feel like JCrew is a good place to start. I’ll keep you posted!

      • Abby G.
        November 3, 2016

        Thanks so much Laura! Yes if you find The Timeless Jean please do let me know 😀

        • Laura Jansen
          November 3, 2016

          To me, a timeless style would be like these, slim leg and a bit faded but not destructed. http://rstyle.me/n/b42uzzb5hx7

          • Abby G.
            November 4, 2016

            I like those a lot! I wonder if they’d work a more pear-ish shape. I guess I won’t know if I don’t try 😉 Thanks so much!!

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