Cropped flares. Google it and you’ll find a ton of pictures of women wearing them who look super chic and fashion-forward. I’m going to bet most of those women are taller than
me the average woman. And thinner. But. This week is cropped flares week, and we’ve promised to show you each one of us in cropped flares. If this is a trend that’s going to have staying power (I say if – and reading the comments over the past week I think the jury’s still out on that one – although some of you have said hell NO unequivocally), then they need to look flattering on normal bodies too, right? Ha. Haha. Easier said than done.
On my hunt to find a flattering pair, I ordered a bunch only to find that every single pair, including the petite pair I ordered, were too long. They were short enough to look like I was just wearing pants that were too short but not short enough to look like it was intentional. And, to me, the length is kind of the key to the entire look. Being 5’4″, it’s really hard to find a pair that’s the perfect length. So . . . I cut my own. And by I, I mean my husband. Zack is a self-proclaimed “pant-cutting expert,” so I trusted one of my favorite pairs of jeans to him, showed him a picture for inspiration and let him do his thing. He got that perfectly frayed hemline by using a wire cup brush (who knew?) on the cut hem so I didn’t have to wash them over and over again.
Topshop Faux Leather Jacket: My favorite. Worn on repeat allll the time and under $100.
Turtleneck (similar): I’m loving thin black turtlenecks this season. Didn’t realize mine was a bit see-through until I saw the pics. Whoops! The one I linked is opaque.
Rebecca Minkoff Julian Backpack: You’ve seen this before! We all have this bag because it’s comfortable, big enough for diapers (or whatever else you need) and hands-free.
Wire Cup Brush: Wear a glove and use this on the cut hemline to get distressing. Genius. Or jean-ius? Hahahaha
Trauma Shears: I don’t know if this actually makes that much of a difference, but I found it was a lot easier to cut with them. Maybe it’s just me.
I actually think I like them! I mean, are they as flattering as boot cuts or flares? No. But I think they’re a fun different option. And I think it helped that I started with a pair of jeans that I already liked and fit me well. I liked them best with heels, but I’m a heels girl. And as the entire TME is learning….these higher shaft ankle boots seem to make cropped flares so much easier to wear.
Next up? With flats….
Cropped Flares + Flats
Flats are tough. The length and flare makes me look wider and squatter when I wore flats. It’s not horrible, but it definitely wouldn’t be my first choice. Or second, probably.
T-shirt: Super soft & comfy
For those of you asking about winter, I’d definitely wear these with my Sorel wedges (love this light grey color) or Timberland booties. I actually like that the jeans are shorter for winter because everytime I wear my flares or boot cuts in snow the bottoms turn into a wet soggy mess. #snowproblems I’ll try to throw a sample pic up on my Instagram (@scottiliz).