Spring 2009 Fashion Trend: Cropped Pants

We discuss the cropped pants trend, what makes a pair of pants cropped vs. a capri style, and how to wear cropped pants this season.
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Cropped Pants

From left: Rag and Bone, Alberta Ferretti, Calvin Klein, Versace, Temperley London

Even though it's Fall Fashion Week right now, Spring is fast approaching, and all those looks we saw on the runways back in September are about to become the hottest trends for Spring 2009.

Over the next few weeks, I'll be breaking down all of the hottest trends for spring 2009 from the runways, including lots of photos and details on how to wear all the looks without spending a fortune.

One of the trends we saw on the Spring runways was cropped pants - trousers cut slightly above the ankle. This is a new take on the skinny jeans that have been so popular for the past few seasons, and it's definitely perfect for spring. Find out more about this spring trend below.

What are Cropped Pants?

For those of you who are wondering what exactly cropped pants are, and the difference between cropped pants, capri pants, and other types of shorts, here's a mini fashion vocab lesson:

Cropped pants is a catchall term for straight-leg pants that are hemmed to anywhere from just above the ankle to just below the knee. This includes capri pants, clam diggers, walking shorts and all other types of shorter pants.

So basically, they're any pants that are cropped. Simple enough, right?

How to Wear Cropped Pants

This is one of those trends that's so versatile - one piece can be worn many ways and for many different occasions. Here are some tips:

Wear them with heels! Cropped pants with heels was the look of choice for all the designers this season, because the length of the pants puts your footwear front and center. Cropped pants can also shorten your legs, so heels will help counteract this. Throw on your favorite pair of peep toes or strappy heels and strut your stuff!

Choose neutral colors. These pants look best in black, grey, and the occasional white or off-white. Black is the most forgiving and will go with the most items in your closet, so if you're in doubt, it's the shade to pick.

Try cropped jeans as well. This trend doesn't only apply to trousers, and cropped jeans are going to be hot this season too. I love dark wash jeans for all occasions, but if you love ripped jeans or lighter washes, those will be in as well this spring.

Wear them to work or on the weekends. One of the best things about cropped pants is that they can be dressed up or down. If you have a black pair of cropped trousers, you can wear them to work with classic pumps, or out for a fun date night with strappy sandals. Dress them down with ankle boots or simple wedge sandals for daytime.

DIY a pair. If you have a pair of super-skinny jeans that you want to convert into cropped pants, hem them yourself if you're crafty, or simply cuff them and roll them up a bit. Easy and inexpensive!

Your Thoughts?

What do you think of cropped pants? Would you wear them, or are you sticking to regular-length pants? Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment.

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