Cropped pants are big this season and have been seen all over the runways for SS 2014. The trend is definitely going to be a favourite in the coming months as well. “Last season Pakistani salwars or pyjamas (culotte length) were huge and they have come back in the form of cropped pants. This season the traditional garment gets a modern twist in the form of cropped pants with designers like Nachiket Barve and Anupama Dayal showcasing them,” says designer Aniket Satam.
A lot of women dread the idea of exposing their ankles, especially short women. “It should end just above the ankle. Also, cropped pants do not flatter shorter girls unless teamed with high heels,” says designer Varun Bahl.
Slim fit is crucial!
Designer Anushka Khanna says, “The most important thing is to keep your fit slim. Cigarette pants are a must in every woman’s wardobe whether she is 30 or 60. Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Onassis all wore this silhouette and their style is still considered classic. Stay away from wide leg or flared crops, especially if you are short. The trousers should hit the ankle and ideally be worn with pointy or peep toe pumps. I would recommend every woman invest in a nice pair of slim black trousers she can wear to work or to cocktails with a change in top and accessories.” Anushka loves showing a hint of her ankles and she thinks that this trend if worn right is very flattering.
Stick to solid colours!
Designer Nikhil Thampi says, “Till the ankle or slightly above is okay. It is a myth that short women should not wear ankle-length trousers or cropped pants. However, they should avoid heavy prints, keep it simple and stick to solid colours.” He recommends from extremely high heels to extremely flat ballerinas, gladiators to sneakers, any of these options would complement the look.
Accessorise it in style
“Neutral heels or wedges complement this look as they also help to make the legs appear longer. Heels help compensate for the leg-shortening effect of the ankle-length pants. Flat shoes work only for a taller person or someone with long legs,” adds Ritika. “Peep toes go well with this look. Even oxfords and ballet flats complement this look,” adds Varun.
Designer Ritika Bharwani says, “The right length and style vary for women with different body types. Here are a few guidelines for women to pick the correct length. Narrow or tapered cropped pants work well for women with a short height. If the hem is tapered the pants follow the vertical contour of the leg. If they are flared they loose the vertical effect. The other silhouettes that works well for tall as well as short body types is — loose or slouchy at the top and skinny towards the hem. A tip to elongate the bottom half is by tucking in your top/shirt as it helps to lengthen the bottom half.”