3 Tips to Pull Off the Cropped Wide-Leg Pant


For quite a while now, I have observed how great wide-leg cropped pants look on my favorite stylish people. I’ve always thought that I’m too short or too petite or that my life is too casual for them. Still, I always had them in the back of my head and looked for a pair whenever I could. There was always something, but to be honest, I think my mind was not ready. Most times when I don’t like something, it means I’m just not ready for it.

Before my trip to Colombia, I ordered these Everlane wide-leg pants. I ordered them twice. At first, I got my size and one up just in case, both big, so I had to order a size down quickly. They got here one day before my flight.

Finding the Perfect Length

I inherited my love for fashion and sewing from my dad’s side of the family. Thanks to my grandma and aunt, I learned to sew at a very young age. I know how vital alterations are for a great fit. I don’t base my purchase decision on length if I know the alterations are simple. Most times, I do it myself; others use my visits to Colombia to recruit family members to do it for me.

So, cousin R came to my rescue. I had a pile of clothing for him, including these pants. I had to get the regular length because the shorter length was on waitlist. So I stood on a stool and tried these pants on while we both deciphered where the length would look good. I showed him the picture of the model and told him to pin the hem so I could see how it would look that cropped on my petite frame. I checked in the mirror “a little bit more,” I said. Then it was perfect! A few days later, I had my pants and was in love. The length is about 2″ above my ankle. 

Now how to make them work for this mama?

It All Comes Down to the Colors


If you follow me on Instagram (@julietatorresd) I recently talked about how I’ve been more mindful about the colors I wear. I’ve been growing apart from my beloved black, and it’s been surprisingly AMAZING. These pants come in 7 colors, and I specifically went for this shade because it’s more casual than black. It’s also more wearable by shorties like me since it’s a color close to my skin. That makes styling them much easier. It’s also a color that I can wear for my everyday life but also easily dress up for a meeting or event. God knows I can’t have too many things that only work for formal occasions.

Once I chose my color, as a petite who’s gone deep into finding out how not to look shorter, I knew I had to play with the colors to keep a well-proportioned look. For that, I created 3 looks to explain.

How to Wear Wide-Leg Cropped Pants

1. Keep top and pants in the same color family

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When I got the pants, I knew I wanted to wear them with these black patent boots (great boots to wear in the rain and look stylish). The black and camel have high contrast, creating a horizontal line that visually cuts my body. When that happens, I don’t want more horizontal lines, so I usually go for a color that’s either similar or has low contrast with the pants. I am obsessed with the result!

2. Create a vertical line with the pants and shoes

OK, so maybe you want a different colored top that creates high contrast with your pants. Whenever I want a different colored top, I go for shoes in the same color or avoid creating a visible horizontal line cutting my body.

For this, you can go for nude heels, but I went for tan block heeled boots since I wanted it more casual and comfortable. I would have applied the same principle to black pants: Black pants, black boots, and a colored top. I added a red bag because I love a good pop of color.

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3. Keep a vertical line with a different color top layer

You don’t necessarily have to go for very similar colors. Just go for colors that are not high-contrasting. I like to keep a full vertical line whenever I’m wearing a top layer in a very different color. In this case, it was a black leather jacket. It can also be a long coat or cardigan of a different color. I apply the same principle.

I kept my top, pants, and shoes close in color. And because I had to try the pants with sneakers, I went for…Yes, sneakers! I’ve found that for my shape and height, it’s easier to wear sneakers with wide-leg pants when the pants are cropped than when they are full-length. And by the way!!! — Adidas just released the superstars with leopard print stripes!!!! I’m obsessed, and they would look amazing with these pants.

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A little note here, I was initially going for a white tee with minimal graphics. I’m not big on graphic tees, so I go for very subtle things. However, if you are the queen of graphic tees, I think it would look so cool with this look. I decided to give a pop of color to my outfit with my favorite marigold-colored tank. 

End result? I can wear this to take my kids to the park.

I hope you enjoyed it and found these tips helpful! Does it feel a little less scary and easier to wear cropped wide-leg pants? Expect more on wide-leg and flared cropped pants soon!

Chao, Chao. Julieta

Now let’s hang out on Instagram @julietatorresd for more high-rise bottoms covering my mommy tummy, and a real and vulnerable take on postpartum body and motherhood. I’m a believer that social media shouldn’t be to document only the good things.