Linz is a mom to two crazy boys, has a penchant for comfort shoes, rocks bright colors like nobody’s business, is overly competitive at board games, (“it’s called SORRY for a reason, SUCKERS”), and loves me despite all my crazy. She’s amazing and funny and warm and I feel beyond lucky to call her a friend.
But everyone has their sartorial quirks, and Linzi’s is a heavyyyy reliance on Danskos, as well as an unrelenting aversion to skinny jeans. Sooo….ok. Ok fine. We can do this.
Question One: How Do I Wear All Of My Tunic Tops?
Linz had a closet full of tunic-length tops, mostly from Boden. Wearing them over leggings felt tired, and she was gearing up to get rid of them all. So we started messing with one of my favorite proportion rules, The Long-Short.
The principle is simple: long, tunic-length tops look good with cropped pants.
Strange but true.
Luckily, Linzi has a ton of cropped jeans – her go-to denim style is actually a pair of cropped straight-leg jeans – so we quickly went to work coming up with long-short combinations. Since the cropped jean always looks best with a liiitle bit of a heel, I forced her to try them with her “fancy” pair of comfort shoes. [snort]
This pairing can even be dressed up for date night…..
Question Two – Ok Fine, But I Still Want To Wear My Flat Boots Sometimes…
Linz admitted that her “fancy heeled booties” from above (OMG eyeroll) are, in fact, crazy comfortable and could be considered “appropriate playground shoes” #smallwins but she was wondering if her flat boots might look cute with her favorite denim.
Especially because they’re a mid-calf boot, which, when zipped over her jeans, mimic the long-short proportions:
Question Three – How Else Can We Style Cropped Jeans?
Moving past the tunic-length tops and the Long-Short rule….how else to get the proportions right? Oh-and-hey-lets-not-forget: The Danskos. Can we pull these all together in a way that flatters?
Enter: the half-tuck.
The half-tuck is required because it helps elongate the legs, which is especially important when dealing with cropped jeans.
Here’s an example, without the half-tuck (and truthfully it’s fine, this top is actually a little bit longer than most so it does work….)
And with the half-tuck….
Look at that. The half-tuck looks good even when we bring back the Long-Short with a coat.
Another option to elongate the leg is a cropped top. Now, before you go all huffing and eyerolling…..try layering a cropped top over something fitted. For Linzi this will always and forever be stripes.
Question Four – Sooooo…These Belted High-Rise Flare Jeans?
Linzi was getting foiled by the belt. And the fact that there’s so much material in a high-rise flare, especially ones as flowy as these. So the question was simple: Keep or return….and if the answer is keep, how best to style?
I vote keep – her flares (by Pilcro) are stunning. Linzi’s exact pair is gone, but Anthro just came out with the same pair in a lighter wash.
Anyway, check out what they do for a striped tee (and half-tucking saves the cool belt if you hate having your entire waist/bum showing):
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