What do Charles Dickens and Palazzo pants have in common? Cropped trousers
Cropped pants for the chic clique is for the sailor what the sea means. Essential. The French arguably invented the ⅞ - length trousers, or to be correct, made them significant, tailoring their own straight trousers up just a few notches, progressing to jeans later. This is about the point quite some years ago, that we all stood up in our full-length pants and paid attention. Rediscovering our ankles was a curious sartorial liberation. Our feet became even more fascinating in shoes, the statement heel was born, and an entirely different silhouette created. Cropped trousers feel quintessentially modern, even if they have a heritage steeped in Audrey Hepburn movies and well-dressed Italian men. Each year we come up with yet another genius trick to make women’s cropped trousers exciting again. From something as simple as adding white high-top converse shoes underneath a pair of flared navy crop trousers (as Brie Welch from Garance Dore studio so superbly demonstrates) to as wild as cropping a palazzo pant (a current Dries Van Noten, summer favourite).
The new season has heralded the return of the English paperboy cropped trousers in corduroy, last seen worn on Dickens characters. Square styles and heavy cropped cuffs with mid-rise waists and slightly longer lengths in the crutch (specifically a red pair by Marni that are the seasonal game-changers). We look forward to testing these with cuddly sweaters and mid-calf heeled booties and are also intrigued with whether this will bring back fitted vests? Another new season addition for ladies cropped trousers are the Stella McCartney, knitted wool cropped flares, a look adaptable for numerous functions, from the office, or the two blocks to yoga class. The elastic waistband may make these pants work as very stylish maternity wear?
In Gucci we trust
¾-length trousers come in different guises - wide, slim, skinny, straight, high-waisted, low-slung, mid-rise, knitted, woven, drapey, breezy or woolen and warm. We recommend owning at least one pair of sharp straight cropped black trousers like those by Balenciaga for style emergencies, when a t-shirt and heels are all that is needed to put you back on a fashionable radar. Picking it up a notch whilst partaking in the fun that is next season, are the cropped trousers in silk jacquards from Gucci, and Etro with flares or even ruffles. Try these with button-downs, platforms or loafers and add feminine accessories like jewel encrusted brooches. We love how the graceful Linda Rodin wears her slightly flared black cropped trousers with black dainty ankle-tie heels and slim-fitting button downs. A look that is classic but not dull. For casual brunching do as Garance Dore herself does, give the cropped denim pant and coat a try. White cropped trousers with fringed edges are currently the most desired. Play with volume like Vika Gazinskaya does with a pair of her cotton pleated pants that accentuate waists whilst creating a completely new silhouette, a nice alternative for those who usually pick skirts over trousers. Ladies cropped trousers needn’t be for only warmer weather, layer-up with long boots that hide under, a style trick for unpleasant conditions. On the flipside sandals and silk cropped pants always make a good argument.
We’re in with the in crowd
So back to the sailor without his sea, what is a Fashion Week sans shorter trousers? Well we needn’t worry, because for years now it just hasn’t happened. From stylists to models, from editors to bloggers, the chic clique are firm supporters of the ⅞ - length trousers putting them firmly on the fashion essentials map. Find a few shapes to suit your body and then have fun playing around with them in your own wardrobe. The proportion shift completely changes an outfit, a good way to reinvent some of your older most cherished pieces. Vintage fur coats that reach matching hemlines, favourite comfy t-shirts tucked in, your boyfriend's sweater, your favourite sneakers, all can be played with to create contemporary looks. We here at mytheresa.com will be running about in our Marni Charles Dickens outfits (for the love of those red pants) trying.