When did so many different lengths in women’s pants become popular? It doesn’t seem as long ago as the 60’s and 70’s, but that’s what I’ve read. We, gals, began as pants
wearers by feeling quite chic in full length pants, the ones that actually had a rise that went all the way to the waist, now we think the high rise looks dumpy. I do remember, as a kid, wearing what we called “pedal pushers.” At the time I liked them, but now when I look back at photos of me wearing them, I think, “awful.”
I remember my husband’s reaction to women wearing such random length pants. Although, women were raving about them being so cool and comfortable, he thought they looked “awful.” (He has an opinion about everything.) I confess, that I don’t like the looks of wide-legged pants cut off somewhere below mid-calf.
It’s funny what you can get used to. I will wear capris and now my husband doesn’t see
them as unusual. Let’s face it, though, when they are worn, a leg shortening effect comes into play while the elongated leg is what we want to achieve. When the hems are flared and not flush against the leg, you lose the vertical effect and the eye is drawn horizontally. The solution here is to keep the hems tapered. This I do.
I checked with an expert on the subject of complimentary pant length and you may be surprised at what I learned. She told how she cringed while in a dressing room of a store and overheard a woman tell a tailor to hem her pants to an in-between length so she could wear them with flats or heels. The length of pants is important to her because if it is too long it can look messy and ill-fitting while too short can cut off leg lines and look choppy. So just what is the best way to go here?
Another factor has been brought into the picture, heel height of the shoes we wear. The subject is getting more complicated than I thought. However, I am well aware that you can’t wear flats with pants long enough to look good with heels. With heels, the hem of the pant should be about half
an inch above the ground, or just enough to not drag when you walk. Although we’ve all seen ragged jean pant legs being walked on. With flats, pant legs should be high enough to not rub the floor. However, not to discourage you, there is a pant length that does work well with flats or heels. Let’s try it on for size.
They are cropped/ankle pants. They hit right above the ankle bone. They should have a
slim leg and be tapered at the ankle, otherwise you will end up with capri pants. These look great with heels as they create a long leg line as well as adding a hint of skin. Ankle pants also showcase pretty flats as the pant leg is not covering the shoe.
So, we really are getting somewhere here as we take the advice of a professional on attire. But wait a minute! Can we accept her next suggestion? Here it is: “Never Wear Capris- Never !” Why? Because, she believes, capri pants cut off around mid-calf and give everyone an awkward leg line. She even goes so far as to say that even if your office is 100 degrees, resist the temptation and just wear a skirt.
Sorry, capri lovers. That’s only one expert’s opinion. I’ve read others that believe a woman can look stylish in capris. Although I wear them, I’m inclined to agree with our first expert. What I personally like best are slim pants that are tapered to the top of the shoe. What about you? I hope you will write and tell me what you think about this subject in this week’s Shirl and You.