You pick up those magazines while waiting at the grocery checkout, flip through it and stumble upon the Fashion Dos and Don'ts page. You know the one, when they capture folks wearing an outfit or an item that is just not working for them. Usual culprits are those wearing too-short shorts or ill-fitting clothes or the dreaded mom jeans.
But one that intrigues me is the capri pant. Sometimes, it's a total Don't, while other times, it's a Do. I'm a tad confused by the Fashion Powers That Be on this subject. I mean, they are all over the stores, those cropped jeans, the ankle-length khakis...yet, many times, the capri pant, the pant that is longer than shorts but shorter than regular pants, is on the Don't list.
So I dug around a little bit on the ol' Google, did a little Googleuthing (that's Google + sleuthing) on this capri pant topic. The issue at hand, it seems, why sometimes they are a Do and sometimes they are a Don't is the length of the capri and where it hits the wearer on her leg.
According to the science of proportion, the capri pant has the tendency to shorten the leg. A longer pant lengthens it, while a capri can cut the leg at a place that isn't very flattering (hence the Don't element). It makes sense, but then, if someone wants to wear capris, how do we avoid a Don't moment?
-- Choose a capri that hits right above the ankle ala Audrey Hepburn and her classic go-to cigarette pants. If you are rolling those baggier boyfriend jeans for a casual, kick-around denim capri look, aim to have the length rock about an inch or two above your ankle.
-- Wear heels with them. Even a little kitten heel will elevate and elongate the look of your legs.
-- Pair it with a longer blouse or a tunic. Again, it's all about proportion. To make a long, lean look, you need to pair a long with a short. Usually the pants are the long part but If your bottom item is the capri, that takes care of the short in this fashion equation. Choose a long top to balance it out and keep that elongation line going.
I don't really care what they say: I wear capris, usually hitting at my ankle. Do you wear capri pants? Where do they hit on your leg and what do you pair them with?