Cropped Trousers

Cropped Trousers
Wednesday, November, 14, 2012 Much like smoking slippers and monogrammed pieces, cropped trousers are an article of clothing every woman should have in her closet. Adaptable for a wide range of occasions, this workwear staple is surprisingly flattering for most figures; try a pleated style if you want a roomier, thigh-concealing fit, while flat-front versions offer a slimmer silhouette. Even better: the ankle-grazing hemline adds a touch of femininity to this menswear-inspired essential and perfectly highlights a standout pair of heels. A wardrobe classic to be sure, cropped trousers have certainly seen their fair share of updates over the years, but this season's renditions prove to be a cut above the rest. Rich fabrics and of-the-moment prints demand the spotlight, while lending the pants a fall-appropriate look. Want to know which styles to look for? Read on to find out!
On the Street & Runway
One of our favorite current takes on the cropped trouser this season came to us courtesy of the Marni F/W 12 runway. The three-quarter-length Cryptic Wool Crepe Pants ($950) festooned with floral doodles are more playful than a traditional suit trouser and feel decidedly modern when paired with the matching Cryptic Silk Crepe Shirt ($920). In addition to prints, when swathed in bright colors, abbreviated trousers take on a contemporary look. Low-slung iterations as seen on Stockholm Streetstyle can be dressed up (with a croc-embossed jacket) or down (with a printed knit pullover) for equally noteworthy results.

On The Market
Topshop Premium Mensy Tapered Trousers ($90)
They say that gray goes with nothing, therefore it goes with everything, so consider these high-waisted wool trousers your blank canvas. You can contrast their boyish vibe with a ruffled blouse or make them more party-friendly with a pair of brightly embellished heels--either way, you're sure to get lots of wear out of them.

Marni Checked Cropped Trousers ($750)
Checkmate! While most of today's picks feature a slim, tapered cut, Marni offers a new silhouette to love: the wide-leg, cropped flare. Featuring a contrasting checked pattern and gold zip details along the sides and ankles, these pants were made for the fearless fashion girl.

H&M Pants ($60)
Break up fall's moody color palette with these pastel pink, front-pleat trousers from H&M. Embrace their relaxed fit and add interest to your look with a 3D sweater.

Rachel Zoe Ian Cigarette Pants ($275)
Cut from lustrous mauve velvet, these slim-fit trousers exude a chic '70s spirit. Play up their retro look with a silky, tucked-in blouse and a wide-brim chapeau.

Tibi Pailette Jersey Pants ($475)
Fancy pants like these are the perfect alternative to a party dress this season. Shoe-wise, you can either opt for equally dazzling heels or throw on a pair of block heels to exude some ladylike elegance.

Whistles Lia Jacquard Trousers ($182)
The subtle jacquard print on these Whistles trousers will take you seamlessly from the office to after-hours cocktails. They work wonderfully well for the weekend too; just add your favorite tee and loafers for a down-to-earth result.--Jessica Baker

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