Spring 2016 Trend to Embrace: Ankle-Length Pants

I’ve been keeping an eye on the spring trends as emails from various retailers land in my inbox. One recurring theme I’m noticing is ankle-length skinny pants and jeans.

LOVING ankle-length pants and jeans this Spring! Spring 2016 Fashion Trends | Fashion for Women over 40

I’ve become a huge fan of ankle-length jeans this winter because they’re easier to style with ankle boots than full-length jeans, and they also tuck nicely into tall boots because they don’t create as much bulk. Cropped jeans have their place in the warmer months, but they’re tricky because they can shorten the line of the leg.

Ankle-length seems like the perfect happy medium. They’re not short enough to shorten the leg line considerably, but they don’t interfere with your shoes. Plus, by showing a glimpse of skin at the skinniest part of your leg (the ankle, of course!) they create a slimming silhouette. I’m officially a fan!

LOVING ankle-length pants and jeans this Spring! Spring 2016 Fashion Trends | Fashion for Women over 40 | NYDJ 'Clarissa' Colored Stretch Ankle Skinny Jeans (Regular & Petite)

Ankle-length pants and jeans usually have an 28-inch inseam (in Regular sizes) as opposed to the 30-inch inseam you find in full-length skinny jeans and pants.

White House Black Market has been touting their Slim Ankle Pants as their new spring obsession. These are great pants for ladies who work in professional office environments. The inseam on these is 27.5 inches.

LOVING ankle-length pants and jeans this Spring! Spring 2016 Fashion Trends | Fashion for Women over 40 | WHBM slim ankle pants

I’m also seeing a similar style on Banana Republic called Sloan Slim Ankle Pants. The inseam is 28 inches, and they also have Petite (26 inches) and Tall (31 inches).

LOVING ankle-length pants and jeans this Spring! Spring 2016 Fashion Trends | Fashion for Women over 40 | BR New Sloan-Fit Slim Ankle Pant

You know me, I’m all about the jeans. AG ‘The Legging’ Ankle Jeans are a modern day classic. I see them all over Instagram in every wash imaginable.

LOVING ankle-length pants and jeans this Spring! Spring 2016 Fashion Trends | Fashion for Women over 40 | AG 'The Legging' Ankle Jeans are hot!

I have them in the Twilight Shredded, and I love the fit. They have a 28-inch inseam and a 8.5-inch rise. The leg opening is 10-inches. You can use these measurements to compare with other brands, if the price tag for AG is out of budget.

Here I am wearing them with my Converse.

Casual Weekend Outfit: baseball, ripped denim, AG Ankle Leggings, Converse Shoreline, Converse All Stars, Chucks | LOVING ankle-length pants and jeans this Spring!

And here I’m wearing them with ballet flats. It’s harder to see how they fall because of the camera angle, but I think you can get the point.

LOVING ankle-length pants and jeans this Spring! Spring 2016 Fashion Trends | Fashion for Women over 40

I also really like my Krista Crop skinnies by Hudson. These say they are a 28-inch inseam, but I feel like they’re closer to 27. They seem shorter than my AG shredded jeans, shown above, but maybe it’s because they have a smaller leg opening. I often turn up the hem, as I did here.

LOVING ankle-length pants and jeans this Spring! Spring 2016 Fashion Trends | Fashion for Women over 40 | Hudson Krista super skinny jeans | Sam Edelman nude ballet flats | Stella & Dot Crosby Hobo

At any rate, I find ankle-length pants to be quite flattering. The exception would be if your legs are short in proportion to your body. Then you may want to stick to full length pants.

Here are some shopping links for you to peruse.

 

What do you say? Will you be embracing the ankle-length pants and jeans this spring??