Cropped Flares for Short Legs: Amanda’s Take



When Shana asked us all to take on the cropped flare trend, I was more than a little afraid. My height doesn’t technically fall into the petite category, but my short little leggies definitely do! Let’s just say ankle length jeans typically go past my heels. For cropped jeans to actually look cropped on me, they’ve got to be around 24-25 inches long – the more common 27-28 inch cropped length is to the floor. More brands are starting to make petite sizes of all their jean cuts (shout out to J.Crew!) but designer brands haven’t really gotten the memo yet (except one pair I found that were cropped enough for petites in the regular size!). It took a bit of searching, but these cropped flares are actually amazingly comfortable…and I did not hate them! If your legs are vertically challenged too, you’re gonna want to see these.


I’ve read great reviews about Mother brand jeans and really wanted to give them a try. Even though they don’t make petite sizes, I was psyched to see that the inseam on their Insider crop jeans is only a bit over 25 inches. (And with Amazon Prime shipping through Shopbop, they were here in 2 days, whee!) This was my first foray into swanky jeans, but once I put these on a realization washed over me. Oh. Ohhhhhh I get it now, the fancy jean obsession. The way these felt compared to my other jeans was like night and day. The mid-rise waist stayed up and held things together, and the stretch recovery (is that a term?) is amazing – no saggy bum or knees even after wearing them all day. I’m typically a leggings girl all day, every day because I hate how constricting jeans are in the waist when I’m sitting (they dig into my leftover mom tum soft delicious center). But these? I wore them for 8 hours straight and nada problems. For being jeans, they are super soft and stretchy and that. color. They’re a beautiful deep darker-than-black that absorbs all light that hits them. (The little specks you can sort of see on the legs aren’t lint, they’re raindrops.)



I paired these cropped flares with heeled booties (similar) with a less rounded toe to streamline the look – and hopefully make my legs look longer – and a striped turtleneck swing tee (50% off!) in the most delicious fall color from Loft – you can see the color better below. Also spicing things up with “edgy” Rebecca Minkoff earrings which are so fun to wear plus don’t invite grabby toddler hands (similar style). Special shout-out to the weather for the hairstyling help!


And one last shot, because Shana loves us very much she requested we try our cropped flares with flats.


Nope! Maybe with 22-23 inch crops if you really want to try crops + flats – in the summer it may work with flip flops or other sandals that show a lot of skin. Really interested to hear if any other ladies with a short inseam have found a pair of crops they love!

Happy Halloween (so excited to raid the candy haul late tonight – pro tip: frozen mini candy bars are life).

(ETA: Just saw that these come in black faux leather, amazing if you don’t need to hem!)

Photos by the lovely Nancy Thepmanivong. Except for that last one.


  1. Obsessed with Mother denim, you provide the perfect description as to why! I must agree though, these dont look cropped at all in the photos, they look as though theyre regular flares a tad too short, i had to link through to the shopbop pics to know they were cropped flares.

    I love the idea of BLACK crops and these are indeed gorgeous but given the amount of elastin in the jean you could probably go down a size (theyll still be comfy) and alter them to be quite a bit shorter. It looks like you ran into the same issues Shana had with her Rag and Bone pre HUGE cuff (loved by the way). Thanks for bringing these to my attention!

  2. Those look like old bootcut jeans that are too short, sorry. either show a couple inches above the ankle or wear normal length.

  3. I’m thinking a good 3-4 inch chop off the bottom would help. I also think they may be a size too big?
    Good for you for trying this difficult trend!

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