10 Outfits That Indicate Cropped Pants Might Be Cool Again

If you're experiencing puddle-pant fatigue, I have some good news for you. Although the jury is still out (people don't wear pants all that much during the dog days of summer), I have a hunch that cropped pants may be making a comeback. Here's the thing. Extra-long pants have been a thing for a few seasons now. Whenever a trend has become ultra-saturated, it's inevitable that people will start going in the opposite direction—with the fashion crowd leading the way. Speaking of the fashion crowd, I found 10 recent cropped-pant outfits some of Instagram's most stylish loved enough to post to their main feeds.

If you're not a fan of cropped pants, I can see why you'd be unpleased with this recent development, but as someone who is 5'4", I personally don't think that baggy puddle pants do me much justice and would prefer to wear at least ankle-length pants. So yes, I'm admittedly crossing my fingers that cropped pants enter the chat again soon. I'm happy to start that conversation.

Scroll on for cropped-pant outfit inspiration and to shop some of the chicest pairs of cropped pants on the internet.


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This super-simple outfit is going to be my fall go-to. If you're wondering what type of heels look best with cropped pants, it's kitten-heel mules.

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If Sofia Richie is wearing them, you know what to do. Her frayed-hem, wide-leg jeans look completely fresh.

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Cargo pants are typically baggy these days, but why can't they be cropped?

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Wearing cropped jeans with a T-shirt is a tale as old as time, and if you pair the outfit with cool metallic shoes, it looks decidedly "2023."

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As you can see, these jeans are cuffed to be cropped, but cropped is cropped. A little birdie told me that cuffed jeans are going to be a major trend this fall.

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These slit-front cropped pants are undeniably cool and forward, and they look great with flats.

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I predict that wide-leg cropped pants are going to take the lead when it comes to the most popular style.


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If you ask a French woman, they'll probably tell you that cropped straight-leg jeans are never "out." I'd have to agree.

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As this fringed pair proves, cropped pants have more fun.

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Cropped flares dominated my closet approximately seven years ago, and I wouldn't hesitate to wear them again.

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Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.