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Would You Wear… Flood Pants?


Photo Credits: 1. Jil Sander via ELLE, 2. J. Crew via Net-a-Porter, 3. Proenza Schouler via ELLE

Whether you call them highwaters, cropped pants, or flooders, these ankle-grazing trousers are coming back in style with a vengeance. Had a genie granted you a wish to NYFW and plopped you in the front row of practically any fashion show, you would have seen these short pants strutting down the runway.

Not sure what the difference is between capris and flooders? The capri pant generally ends halfway between the knee and ankle, while these pants stop about 3/4 of the way past the knee. To be entirely honest about it, you can tell flooders apart because they look like normal pants that seem just a little too short.

Donning these pants during the Polar Vortex would not be a practical move… after all, nobody wants cold ankles. But I’m willing to bet that they will be all over the streets – and your campus – come spring.

Photos Courtesy of ELLE: 1, 2, 3

Would you wear flooder pants?

Or is this style a little too hipster-ish for your taste? Will cropped pants be quick to go out of style or do you think they are around to stay? Let us know how you feel about them by commenting below.

Posted on on February 11, 2014 / Filed Under: Would You Wear? / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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16 Responses to “Would You Wear… Flood Pants?”

  1. 1
    February 11th, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Personally, I totally love this trend. I’m pretty short so I’ll have to hem them so they don’t just look like awkwardly short pants, but I’m a fan! They look so 50s to me in the best way possible.

  2. 2
    February 11th, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    I love the look of these, I just always think of them as cropped trousers. I’ve always associated it with a preppy look a la J. Crew.
    But hearing the name “flood pants” just makes me think of the Lonely Island sketch “The Creep”: “Now pull your waistband up like you expecting a the creep!”

  3. 3
    February 11th, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    I love cropped pants! They are so comfortable! I am student teaching in classrooms a lot in between classes and so they are perfect for when I need to be casual and then more professional. I love wearing them with oxfords or loafers.

  4. 4
    February 11th, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    I love this look on some people, but I feel that cropped pants just look awkward on me, and make my legs appear stumpy and shorter. I’m 5′-3″ and 120 lbs., so I don’t think it has to do with weight or anything like that. I love the styles of the 50’s so it makes me sad I cant’ seem to pull it off!

  5. 5
    February 11th, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    This isn’t for me, but I’m sure my mom will be glad to know that this is a thing again. Actually, if I think about it, I’d rather wear these than capris which give me an even worse complex about my calves.

  6. 6
    February 11th, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    I don’t think I would personally wear this trend. I know many people who would look great in cropped pants, but it isn’t a look for me. They do remind me of J. Crew, but they also remind me of my childhood when I would start growing out of my pants, and the feeling of too-short pants made my skin crawl.

  7. 7
    February 11th, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    I’m not usually a trendy person, but flood pants remind me a bit of pedal pushers, and just gives off that 50’s-60’s vibe that I really like. I might have to try a pair out this spring!

  8. 8
    February 11th, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Capris that come just below my knees, yes. Anything in between that and pant length, no. It just doesn’t look good on me

  9. 9
    February 11th, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Personally I’ve been wearing this trend for years because I always buy regulars instead of the longs I need! I’m actually thankful to the hipsters, because now it’s a style instead of just an awkward consequence of being a tall girl. And you can wear cool socks with you pants for an added flair of style, that’s popular in menswear, it defo works for women too.

  10. 10
    February 11th, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    ha ha! lol… I’m 5 feet even so… to me these are just pants! bring it on!

  11. 11
    February 11th, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    I love these. Guess who is (quite foolishly) wearing red ones on Valentine’s Day? This girl! And yes, I like in New York. I’m so tired of the cold weather.

  12. 12
    February 12th, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Maybe CF should do a feature on ways to style these for shorter people. I’m only 5 feet tall, so I would never try this trend. I fear it would make me look even shorter and stumpier.

  13. 13
    February 12th, 2014 at 11:24 am

    I normally would be against this trend, but I love these so called “flood pants” when I’m purchasing work trousers. I used to buy the wide legged pant and since finding these, I feel so much more chic and professional.

  14. 14
    February 15th, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Being petite, and always having a hard time finding pants that fit, Cropped styles are just what a girl needs. Living by the beach also makes cropped pants a #1 because they’re perfect for walking in the sand.

  15. 15
    February 18th, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    I looove that J. Crew one in the top middle, but the others? No.

  16. 16
    March 26th, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    I could only consider wearing the pants in the lower middle. The rest look cheap and silly. My mom uses those kind of old pants (like 1, 2,3 & 4) as casual wear at our summer cottage. Would look kinda hilarious to see so called trendy people walking around in them in cities. I’m waiting the day when denim overalls become the hottest fashion item.

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