Fashion Friday: Putting the Capris Discussion to Rest

As I said in my fashion post last week, I think there’s a time and place for capris and (or peddle pushers, cropped pants, clam diggers, WHATEVER you want to call them) on most people, but there are other better options.  Many of you agreed, but many of you were kicking and screaming at the mere suggestion that capris might be “out”.

For those who aren’t giving up their capris anytime soon, Mary asks:

I like capris, but only in moderation. But I never know what kind of shoes to wear with them. Maybe you could answer that question sometime?

Mary, I think almost any shoe can go with capris, depending on the style and level of formality.  First of all, in my very humble opinion, athletic sneakers should only be worn with athletic capris.  Sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings, but athletic sneakers with denim or khaki capris are the kiss of fashion death.  I realize that some of us are more concerned with pragmatism than fashion, and that is just fine if that’s how you roll.  However, as a rule, it’s not a great look.  Consider a cute Converse sneaker or perhaps something like this instead.

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Personally, I wear flip flops all summer long. I LURV the flip flop. So that’s what I usually wear with my denim capris/cropped pants as well as skirts. I have some cute leather ones from Born that are oh-so-comfy.

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Personally, I stay away from the loafer with capris.  I think that borders on grandma, but maybe that’s b/c my mom wears them all the time.  Sorry, Mom!  My mom always looks smart and stylish, but she’s got a good 25 years on me.  I’m not quite ready for Talbots yet.

If you are going to wear dressy capris to go out at night, I think they look much better with a high-heeled wedge sandal. That’s about the only thing that’s going to save them from looking like a fusty lady who lunches.  Not that I have anything against lunch.  Ahem.

For those of us who would like to get out of the capri rut, let’s discuss capri alternatives.  A recurring theme throughout the comments was that people don’t know what to wear instead.

And along those lines, Letty asked:

I would like to ask you opinion about SHORT shorts when it is very warm weather. If you are a size 12 of 14 (like I am!) and you are 47 years old, is a skirt more flattering then a short? Lately I don’t feel comfortable in a short anymore, even when I am on vacation. But I don’t want to wear long jeans all day when it is hot. Please advice! Thank you!

First, Letty, I am a firm believer that there comes a time in every woman’s life when no one should see her thighs unless she is at the local swimming hole.  I have reached that time.  But capris are NOT the only option.  You suggest a skirt, and I think you’re onto something there.

Many of you, in your comments on my post last week, instantly disregarded the skirt.  But I want to suggest that the casual skirt can be a GREAT comfy, casual option to capris and shorts.  Last summer, after a friend convinced me to give skirts a try, I went to Target and picked up one from their Converse® One Star® collection — a sporty navy blue skirt in a thin, flexible fabric that had a flattering silhouette and hit right above the knee.  I liked it so much that I went back and got another in more of a cargo style.

Like every other piece of clothing, the style you choose depends largely on your figure shape.  For me, I have learned that I look best in straight skirts that come to right at or above the knee.

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Photo by Target.com

Perhaps you prefer an A-line or more of a flowy skirt.  Or a peasant style.  They are all cute — just figure out what looks good on YOU.

Throw on a casual skirt with a tank top or t-shirt, and you’ve got a cute, casual, and FLATTERING outfit to run around town in!

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Photo from Athleta.com

I was surprised how comfortable I was in the skirt.  It is not nearly as impractical as I had assumed it would be.  So Letty, I definitely encourage you to embrace the skirt!

I’m still not ready to put my capris in the bonfire, but I am definitely looking to incorporate some “walking shorts” and skirts into my casual wardrobe this year.