One of my most popular posts that gets traffic every single day is Instead of Shorts? Wear These 11 Alternatives. That’s why I know that many of my readers are looking for fashionable alternatives to shorts as we approach summer. In fact, I think I’ll be wearing shorts a little less often this year, too. And that’s why these wide leg crop jeans appeal to me so much.
In past years I haven’t been one to wear jeans much during spring and summer. The skinny jeans and even full length boot cut jeans have felt like too…much…during the hotter months. Just too much closeness, too much weight, too much denim for my comfort. But wide leg crop jeans feel so much cooler and comfortable.
Now, as I’ve said repeatedly here at Dressed for My Day, this is a new and different jean silhouette. It may take a while for your eyes to adjust to it. But when I first started trying to get on board with this pervasive trend, I just reminded myself that every other jean silhouette has looked strange, awkward and even distasteful to me at first, too.
I remember the first time I purchased a pair of low riding boot cut jeans – about 15+ years ago now. I felt so awkward and feared that the 70s were going to call and want their jeans back. Ha! Then I joined the ranks wearing skinny jeans much later than most. Again they felt awkward, a little immodest and very form fitting. Well, duh. But now both of those silhouettes feel and look quite normal to me.
I have a feeling you can relate. We really do have to let new silhouettes grow on us a bit. And here’s the thing, gals. I don’t think this trend is going away anytime soon. Wide leg crop jeans are not a fad – a flash in the pan. They’re a trend. There’s a difference between a fad and a trend. Remember, a trend is a movement that is gaining momentum.
Yes, you can still wear your skinny jeans, boot cut jeans and full length straight leg jeans. I’ll definitely be wearing mine. But if you want to look more modern, you might want to add a pair of either wide leg crop jeans (like these) or a pair of straight leg crop jeans to your spring and summer wardrobe. And I can just about promise you that you’ll fall in love with them…eventually!
I simply paired my wide leg crop jeans (which are 30% off + an extra 20% off with code CLASSIC) with a basic white cotton popover (similar) for an elevated but very comfortable look. Then I pulled the outfit together and added some interest with my leopard print belt (similar and included in CLASSIC code markdowns). I added a splash of color with my deep red leather day loafers (size up a full size) and carried along my trench jacket for easy warmth.
Keep in mind, I’m 5’8″. If you’re more petite, you may want to wear shoes that are either the same color as your jeans or the same color as your skin. That way you’ll create a longer line in your legs.
As with any silhouette of jeans, you do need to consider your body proportions and shape when shopping for the best wide leg crop jeans for you. If you need to discover or review how to determine your proportions and/or shape or how to dress them, click through to those previous posts. Knowing your body proportions and shape will help determine the ideal length or inseam and the best rise (from crotch to waistband). Understanding your body shape will clue you into features you need to avoid or gravitate to, such as front patch pockets, cargo side pockets or embellishments.
Another key to wearing wide leg crop jeans is to be mindful of fullness proportions. Because the jeans are fuller in the leg, you’ll want to do one of the following:
- wear a fitted shirt with the wide leg crop jeans
- wear a blousy shirt, but tuck it in at the waist
- wear a cropped, tapered top that accentuates the waist
- wear a cropped top and give it a little front tuck
What you don’t want to do is wear a full shirt and not tuck it. You need some definition, either in the total silhouette of the top or at the waist.
You can bet you’ll be seeing these wide leg crop jeans again. So I’ll style them a little differently next time. Meanwhile, if you have any questions, please let me know.
I’m including a shopping widget with the items I’m modeling here as well as others I’ve mentioned. I’ve tried to provide sizing information for everything, but if I missed something you need, just let me know.
And don’t forget, Talbots is winding up their Classic Awards event today. So these jeans and everything else at Talbots is 30% off + an additional 20% off. PLUS, Talbots is finishing with a bang by offering $50 off every $200 you spend. The savings will add up like crazy! And if you’re a Talbots Classic Awards member (sign up if you’re not!), you’ll earn triple points. Oh, and shipping is free, no minimum.
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Blessed for My Day
Yesterday it happened again. I was doing pretty well, practicing what I had “preached” in yesterday’s post. I got in my exercise and went for an additional walk. It was a beautiful, spring day. I got to talk with my mom a bit on the phone. And a sweet friend from church dropped of tulips, a kind Easter card and a roll of toilet paper (hahaha!) at our door.
But then I went to the grocery store. There people seemed solemn and of course we were all keeping our distance. The shelves and bins had plenty of products, but there were still gaping, empty spaces, too. By the time we left, my daughter and I were feeling like we were in a bad science fiction movie again.
So here’s what I’m reminding myself now. God is good. He’s got me. He’s not surprised by this virus or unaware. He is at work in the situation, throughout the world and in my life. I can trust Him. And so I will.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
the Lord bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold
from those who walk uprightly. ~Psalm 84:11