Ok Mamas. We promised. We promised to give explicit detail on the whole cropped pant thing. Ever since we made this bold (obnoxious) statement in our 2012 Style Resolutions for Moms article:
So yes, to summarize: Dowdy capris that hit at mid-calf: Bad. Slim cropped J.Crew pants: Good.
But that's not really all there is to it. Not all of us (myself included) have gone running out to J.Crew for their adorable cropped pant. Most of us (me again)….already have some sort of cropped pant/capri/pedal pusher hybrid in our closet. So what to do?
I pulled my one-and-only pair out of storage for this little exercise. Here's mine:
Oh good. It hits at the widest part of my calf.
I….don't….know. I don't know about these, Mamas.
But here's the deal: I really, really really want capris to work. As Mamas, we often have to fight varicose vein issues, or crazy-pale legs from lack of sunbathing time, and one really can't dispute the practicality of cropped pants for just about any summer activity: short enough to be cool, long enough to climb, run, jump and cartwheel.
So I went right to the cropped pant source: My mother. My mother could outfit a cropped-pant army. She has been buying cropped pants and capris since….well. One can never reveal a lady's age. Let's just say it ends in "ixty-something". But Mom didn't disappoint: She has a capri-pant motherlode. And none of these straight-forward, sophisticated, Jackie-O style pants*. We're talking capris in suspicious lengths. Odd colors. Strange cargo pocket placement. Cropped pants from Old Navy. Target. And even….Younkers. With brands like Plugg. That's Plugg with two G's! Two! Wanna bet those came from a Juniors section somewhere?
*To be fair, my mother keeps all of her suspicious capris at the lake house. To be used only for gardening, etc. She does have her fair share of sophisticated, Jackie-O style pants too. But it's waaay more fun to make fun of her for those Plugggggs.
Anyway, I chose three of my Mom's…challenging cropped pant/capri/pedal pushers to try and style (and you can bet I grabbed those Pluggs). But first? Definition time! What the heck is the difference between cropped pants, capris, pedal pushers, etc?
(HUGE thanks to reader Sonja in Portland for this awesome graphic/diagram idea!!)