Happy Cinco de Mayo, friends! Who’s celebrating with tacos and margaritas tonight? Crop flares are a huge trend this season, but they can be tricky to style, so today we’re talking about how to wear crop flares for spring.
If you’re a regular, you may have seen this outfit before, but these are the Mother Insider crop jeans in a deep black wash.
How to Wear Crop Flares: 3 Easy Steps
#1. Find Your Fit
As with any pair of jeans, finding a great fit for your individual body is key.
I like how these crop jeans fit snug in the hips and thighs and flare slightly from the knee, ending with a 14″ leg opening. Getting the right length is also crucial, and these have a 25.25″ inseam, according to the website.
You want your crop jeans to be short enough to look intentional; otherwise they just look like your pants are too short. Ideally they will be a couple inches above the ankle bone for a true crop look. Otherwise, they’re ankle-length.
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#2. Select Your Footwear
A shoe with a heel is a good idea with crop flares because a heel helps compensate for the way a crop pant visually shortens the line of the leg. This helps create a longer, leaner silhouette.
An open, strappy design also helps to visually elongate the legs, compensating for the crop pants.
These are the Steve Madden Honey sandals, and they’re quite comfortable and easy to walk in.
If you prefer flats, I often see cropped pants paired with slides, mules, loafers, and sneakers. It all depends on the look you’re going for.
Here’s how I wore white crop flares with a pair of flat slides last summer:
Just make sure your pants are short enough to show a few inches of skin between the top of the shoe and the bottom of the pants.
The exception to this is when wearing boots. See how I styled these jeans with sock booties last winter.
#3. Choose A Top
The style of top isn’t early as important as the length.
When wearing crop pants, it helps to wear a shorter top or front tuck it to keep the balance of the outfit in check. If you missed it, I wrote a post last week about the rule of thirds and how it applies to fashion.
A lot of tops are being made in shorter lengths right now to accommodate higher rises and shorter pants, and I’m also noticing a lot of women going for a full tuck when their tops are more form-fitting. Bodysuits are another option.
I’m short-waisted, so tucking in all the way around is hard to pull off. I usually opt for a shorter top that I can leave untucked, or longer top that I can front tuck.
This top is rather boxy, so the front tuck helps define my waist and brings up the length to create that pleasing 1/3 to 2/3 ratio I’m always talking about.
Altogether, this is a great look for date night or coffee with friends. If you need a closed toe shoe for work, you could always swap out the sandals for pumps or mules. Then add a denim jacket or blazer for a completer piece, depending on the formality you’re going for.
I might just wear this to sit by the pool tonight with a margarita.
Need an easy margarita recipe?
This one is just about fool-proof.
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photos: Alison Cornell