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3 Ways to Style Crop Chinos

February 27, 2020

Hi gals, and welcome to Dressed for My Day. My goal here, with each and every post, is to inspire and help women like us to dress beautifully and appropriately for our unique days so that we can engage graciously and authentically with those around us and influence them well. That gets easier when we build a versatile wardrobe full of pieces we love and can wear multiple ways. Today I’m sharing the third of 3 ways to style crop chinos. This final look is decidedly for warmer days!

3 Ways to Style Crop Chinos for now, soon and later - how to style crop chinos for spring

As expected, reader reviews have been mixed on these crop chinos in toasted barley. But maybe, even if you were on the fence before, your eyes are beginning to adjust a little to this contemporary pant silhouette. I have to tell you, I’m liking them more and more. No, they’re not especially figure flattering, but they are modern and fresh. So there’s that.

3 Ways to Wear Crop Chinos for Spring and Summer
patch pocket crop chinos in toasted barley (wearing size 8) // band sleeve popover shirt (wearing size medium) // Levi’s ex-boyfriend denim trucker jacket (similar) // leopard print flats (similar same brand) (budget option) // leather tote (more economical option) // similar belt // kerchief in wisteria dove // Pavé Circle Stud Earrings

I’ve chosen to style them again with a crisp but loose fitting white popover, this time in a short sleeve. I’m just really crushing on these white shirts this spring. The long sleeve one I wore in yesterday’s post has ample room in the sleeves for rolling up, but I think I’m going to like having a short sleeved shirt in my wardrobe, too. In fact, I also recently ordered this one from Everlane (for half the price!!!) to see how it compares.

white poplin popover

As I’ve begun putting together my spring wardrobe using the plan I described in this previous post, I’ve discovered that I’m more and more drawn to very basic pieces put together in interesting and contemporary blends. That’s why I envision these white poplin shirts serving as workhorses in my closet this spring and summer.

White Poplin Shirt

These shirts create such a fresh blank palette on which to add color and interest with your accessories. Yesterday a reader commented that she’d like to see an upcoming post on spring accessories. You’ve got it! But meanwhile, check out the darling bandanas available at Madewell.


Mine is “wisteria dove multi,” but there are so many other fresh designs and colors. And these relatively inexpensive squares can be worn in your hair, around your neck, as a bracelet or tied onto your handbag. And the light, airy fabric just whispers, “spring…”

crop chinos with white poplin shirt

I further added interest to this look with my footwear. I chose leopard print flats, but you could achieve the same look with snakeskin, polka dot, stripes, camouflage or any other interesting print. My shoes have grown over time (or my feet have shrunk!) and I’m tired of them slipping off my feet, so I’m ordering these very economical leopard print flats right now! And then later I’ll probably swap them out for my leopard print sandals.

Patch Pocket Crop Chinos

I kept my jewelry simple with these sweet pave circle stud earrings and a couple of bangles.

But this look really pulled together when I topped it with my denim jacket.

Finally, I grabbed my large leather tote to carry along. My leather tote is a little pricey, but I’ve enjoyed using it quite frequently. Madewell has so many other similar totes to choose from in a full range of sizes. But you can also find similar faux leather bags for a fraction of the price.

3 Ways to Wear Crop Chinos this Spring and Summer
patch pocket crop chinos in toasted barley (wearing size 8) // band sleeve popover shirt (wearing size medium) // Levi’s ex-boyfriend denim trucker jacket (similar) // leopard print flats (similar same brand) (budget option) // leather tote (more economical option) // similar belt // kerchief in wisteria dove // Pavé Circle Stud Earrings

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing 3 ways to wear crop chinos this spring and summer. If you missed either of the other posts, be sure to check them out, too.

Which look do you like best? Do these looks give you ideas for other ways to style these modern pants? Maybe with a chambray top or a fitted black polo style sweater?

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3 Ways to Wear Crop Chinos this Spring and Summer - Featuring crop chinos from Talbots - Styles for women over 50

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17 thoughts on “3 Ways to Style Crop Chinos

  1. Good morning Kay. This is my favorite look of the series. I just love the color of those pants! I really am growing tired of my winter clothing and this is a perfect fresh spring look. BFMD really resonates with me, I have had a few hard seasons during my life but have always felt his strength. Many times in the face of the people I came in contact with during those times?

    1. Thanks so much for reading and sharing your thoughts, Deb. Indeed, we do often experience God’s presence through the people who come alongside us during difficult times.

  2. I have to say that I like everything about your stylings but the crop pants. They look well on you but I don’t think I could wear them.
    Your BFMD lesson coordinated perfectly with other devotionals that I read. Thanks so much as there are some challenges looming.
    Blessings always,

    1. Hahaha! Well you’re not alone in your opinion. And that’s certainly ok. But I’m glad you’re able to see how everything else I’ve shown here would also work with, say, straight or skinny cargo pants or chinos. While the proportions are a little different with cropped full leg pants, this look can certainly be duplicated with other pants. Thanks so much for sharing. And may you constantly feel
      God’s presence and hear His voice through any impending days of trial. Bless you. ?

  3. Hi Kay, I LOVE all the different ways you styled the crop pants. Going to add a pair to my closet! Thanks for the BFMD, I really needed that. I am guilty of looking at my circumstances instead of focusing on Him.

    1. I’m glad you liked the different styles, Rhonda. Thanks for sharing. Yes, that’s what it boils down to isn’t it? Keeping our focus on Him rather than our circumstances. Have a lovely day.

  4. I love the bandanna! I may have to get some! I am not sure about the crops for myself. They look great on you.


  5. I have to be honest, at first I wasn’t so sure about these pants, but after seeing them more this week I kind of like them. I’ll have to try them to see how they look on “me” though. ? I do like this third look the best!

    Love the BFMD today. It is SO true … we often look back and see how God brought us through something that, at the time, we didn’t think we could make it through. HE is so amazing and wonderful!

  6. My favourite of the looks was the first one. I think it is because there isn’t as much “skin” shown and thus doesn’t appear to cut off the legs as much. As usual, your BfMD is exceptional.

  7. I really like this look Kay! I am going to post a picture of the cropped chinos I purchased at Belk yesterday, in the FB group. For those that can’t fully get into the style you have, maybe some of the ladies will be like me, and try some that are not as full in the legs. I do not wear shorts, so I am looking forward to having a fresh and stylish option in my closet. The BFMD is fabulous!

  8. I think you look amazing in these crop chinos! You’ve inspired me to give something like these a try in the spring. They do look modern and fresh to me, and I love how you’ve styled them with wardrobe basics that are so versatile. Sometimes my casual wear feels stagnant, I’ve got into a skinny jean rut lately and these are a wonderful alternative!

  9. While I think you look stylish in the cropped fuller leg, and I like the color and the way you styled them, it’s not a look I can wear at 5’1”. Two or three years ago I wore a similar style of cropped jeans from Loft that I really liked. My husband tried to tell me they weren’t flattering, but I didn’t listen. I wore them to a birthday party and later saw myself on video that was taken ?. I learned my lesson. But you have the height to pull it off.

  10. Some things just take time to get use to seeing. I’m pretty sure I’ll stick to my straight leg, high rise, pants or jeans but I find all these new trends interesting. I love the white blouse and pink scarf. It looks so fresh and new and adding the blue denim jacket and leopard flats is something I really like. So, I’ll copy this look but go with my tan striped jeans with straight long legs. For now.

  11. First, the BFMD was just what I needed to strengthen my heart after hearing of the death of a godly man this evening. I also have liked all three of the looks…and yes, my eyes have adjusted to the cropped chinos and it is definitely FRESH! I think the first look is my favorite….so sharp! Thanks for getting us out of our comfort zones, Kay!

  12. I am ahead of. You on this one I started wearing cropped chinos late last summer. I saw them and loved the look. I loved getting extra ideas of how to style them. Mine are navy, one of my neutrals. Thanks again for your inspiration. I love your multiple looks posts… especially when I can shop my own closet for nearly everything!