How to Wear to Cropped Wide Leg Pants

If you’re like me, then you’ve likely noticed wide leg crop pants popping up everywhere. From the runways to the streets, it seems like everyone is putting their spin on this trend. I’ll be honest, when I first saw it, I thought, “there’s absolutely no way this is going to work for me, I’m way too short.”

However, one of my all-time favorite fashion icons, Miroslava Duma–a fellow petite sister–has been rocking this style for years. I thought to myself if she can do it, why can’t I?

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My experience

I first ordered a pair of Vince Camuto wide leg crop pants in black, made of a lightweight polyester/eslastane blend that were (hallelujah) machine-washable. Before these, I had tried on a pair at loft that was more of a chino fabric and I knew that (1) the fabric was too casual for the office, and (2) the wrinkles would drive me insane.

When they arrived, I immediately noted that some tailoring would be in order if I intended to keep them. After pinning them up to preview the fit, I was surprisingly pleased with how they looked on, despite my having a petite figure.

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Tips to try the style yourself

Pair it with a fitted top

I apply this general rule with most of my outfits: try to create balance. In the case of wide leg pants, balance means finding a fitted or tailored top that can stand up to the volume on the bottom. In this look, I’m wearing a basic silk tank, but I would love the look with a slim-fit button-up to wear for the office. Since I purchased the same pair in black, I love pairing those with my favorite black turtleneck or this cropped black tank. Both look minimal but chic–allowing each piece to share compliment one another perfectly.

Accentuate your waistline

If you’re petite like me, then this look will be most flattering when you’re not hiding your waistline. I wouldn’t pair these pants with a long, loose cardigan because I’ll just look like I’m swimming in the whole look. That said–that look could actually work if you wear a belt over the cardigan to enhance the waistline. Again, it’s all about balance. If you’re unsure, a good rule of thumb is to start with a fitted top that you can tuck in at the waist: a turtleneck, long-sleeve tee, or even short-sleeved crewneck would all be great starting points.

Add height with strappy sandals or pumps

Personally, I prefer the wide-leg style with heels. Otherwise, you run into that unflattering cut-yourself-off-at-the-ankle thing and that just makes us look even shorter! I didn’t mention this earlier, but for a pant like this, I wanted the hem length to be slightly above the ankle but not as high as mid-calf. To me, that was just the right length to look professional for the office. Hem length is somewhat a personal preference but you can always use the model in the photo online as your gauge if you’re not quite sure.

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What do you think?

Is this a trend you would try, or is it just a little too out there for you? I want to know what you think!


Lauren is the creator of the lifestyle blog, Wellesley & King. Like many modern women, she aims to balance her busy career and personal life with style and grace. Wellesley & King is devoted to providing inspiration to modern women everywhere, looking to bring simple and attainable style to all areas of their busy lives. Welcome!


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  1. 9.4.18
    Chinenye Olatunde said:

    Love ,love ,love this outfit. I am tall and inverted triangle shaped. I have some pair of wide leg pants that I am planning to wear for work. Kindly, advice how to make the best of it. Thank u for sharing.
    From Lagos,Nigeria. Chichi O.