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Smarter Style: Where Should Capri Pants Hit?

Posted by on Jul. 2, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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Okay, it's time for "Ask Heather" here on Smarter Living! Every Monday, I answer a not-so-serious question that you may have asked yourself at some point in your life...or yesterday. You'll get a lot of info and a little fun, I promise.

Question du jour from Beth2930: "I love to wear capris in the summertime -- they are much cooler than pants or jeans. But I'm so confused. There are all different kinds in the mall, some slim, some with wider legs, some that are right at the knee, others longer. What's the best look? And where exactly should capri pants hit on my leg?" 

Oh, Beth, good question! Let's start with one of my favorite quotes of all time: "Don't wear anything that scares the cat." And we all know, a poorly-chosen pair of capris can definitely fall into that realm of inflicting feline fear.

Capris are tough, yet many folks wear them. A capri pant, by popular definition, is a pant that hits midway between the knee and the ankle. Shorter than that, it's a petal pusher. Longer than that, it's an ankle pant. 

Let's put it out there right now: I'm not a huge fan of capris for precisely the fact that most cuts don't do anything for anyone's figure, me included. It is tough to get the exact right length -- the wrong length can make you look shorter or stouter (great description for a beer, but not what I want in reference to my legs).

But, if you really want to go down Capri Lane, here are some hints to remember when shopping: 

-- The pant should hit at the slimmest part of your leg. If you fall in love with a pant that goes lower, think about getting them hemmed to cross at that slimmest point. If the hem is hitting your leg at its widest, well, you will look wider. Call it the Law of the Capri.

-- For capris, avoid cuffs, tapered legs and pleats. All of those look good only on 1.3% of the population. For the rest of us, they just make us look shorter or like we have carrot legs (wider at the top). Right, I don't like that either.

-- Straight cut is your friend. A straight cut is slimming on almost every type of body. Really. Trust me.

-- Keep it monotone. Pair your capris with a similarly colored top for a long lean look. Jazz it up with a fabulous necklace or scarf.

Personally, my fave alternative to jeans or shorts in the summer is a slim, lightweight ankle pant, one that hits right above the ankle. Or forget pants all together! Grab a cute maxi skirt or dress - they are flattering, easy, and will keep you cool.

Do you wear capri pants -- or avoid them? Share a pic of how you wear them! 


by on Jul. 2, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by on Jul. 2, 2012 at 12:26 AM
I tend to avoid them my legs are thick and they will never look cute on my. Give me a cute summer dress and i'm a happy lil girl :)
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by Jenny on Jul. 2, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Interesting. I own no capris.
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by on Jul. 2, 2012 at 12:54 AM
I like capris. Never knew about the different styles and which ones are best though. I just picked some that were cute! Now I will pay attention!
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by on Jul. 2, 2012 at 1:43 AM

I still have my denim capris, although I can't fit into them, yet.

by on Jul. 2, 2012 at 5:36 AM

I love my capris

by Ruby Member on Jul. 2, 2012 at 9:50 AM

 i wear capris because my legs aren't the best looking.  it is hard for me to find ones that fit me right because i'm short & have thick calves.  i think most of the capris i own fall a bit longer than mid calf but going by your tips i guess that's ok because that part is the "slimmest point" of my calves.

by on Jul. 2, 2012 at 9:52 AM

 I love wearing capris.

by on Jul. 2, 2012 at 9:57 AM
Love my capris
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by Ruby Member on Jul. 2, 2012 at 10:11 AM

I wear them occasionally or long shorts.

by on Jul. 2, 2012 at 10:39 AM

I wear them.  I found for me I have to get them in petite size because if I get "regular" size they are too long and I look like I am wearing high waters!

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