Cropped Trousers vs. Shorts: The Summer Legwear Debate
When it comes to summer casuals – even in the current monsoon season – shorter trousers make a nice change from full-length jeans and allow you to play around with a variety of different looks. But how short should you go? Cropped women’s trousers and shorts both have specific benefits, but they can also easily go wrong. However, you can avoid a fashion disaster by following a few simple rules.
The main benefit of cropped trousers is their versatility. Depending on the cut and how you choose to wear them, they can be sleek and professional or relaxed and outdoorsy. They can also give extra length to your legs, and they look great with a pair of killer heels.
In general, shorter cuts are more casual, so just below the knee is better for daywear, while closer to the ankle is more suitable for the office or formal occasions. Avoid materials that are too clingy and never wear them with socks – a classic faux pas. Pairing slim fitting trousers like these Arrival Stretch Cropped Trousers with a loose fitting women’s top creates a nice contrast.
Shorts can be a trickier proposition, especially if you have broader legs. However, as our continental cousins already know, shorts can look effortlessly chic as part of a well put-together outfit. When you're over thirty it's best to avoid pairing shorts with skimpy, navel-exposing tops; it’s just a bit too much. A full-length T shirt worn with a cardigan can work extremely well with a pair of classic, no-nonsense shorts like this pair from Chillytime.