HOW TO STYLE CROPPED PANTS

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Take some cues on how to style this new wardrobe staple

The versatile cropped pants are our biggest crush this summer. Cropped trousers which are said to originate from the Italian island of Capri, have traversed a long path to glamour. Once preferred by Hollywood icons like Lauren Bacall, Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn, they have become the hottest new staple of a working woman’s wardrobe. Here are a few tips on how to style them 

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Add a jacket | Diane Von Furstenberg likes to keep it cool and fun and so was her collection at SS 16 in New York. Ladies, take cues from DVF on how to pair a classic leather jacket with a cropped pant. Armani and Antonio Marras, known for their sombre colour tones, also gave us some elegant looks with cropped trousers, and exhibited how to pair it with long jackets.

Add an oversized shirt or an interesting top | Summer is all about keeping it casual and who better than Alexander Wang to take some lessons from. His pairing of a satin shirt with those striped cropped trousers stands out. This straight-out-of-bed look is sassy to the core. You can even go for a full-sleeved white oversized shirt and belt it up.

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Add textures | If you like experimenting with your look, then incorporating a few statement pieces is inevitable. You don’t have to play the matching game. Pick up pants which are distinct. Take lessons from Isabel Marant. Those harem pants inspired trousers in metal were all the rage. Dries Van Noten’s SS 16 collection was loaded with hybrid fabrics in a blitzkrieg of hues. The cropped trousers with block heels can be a good investment. In London, Christopher Kane’s viper print cropped trousers paired with woollen jumpers made some eyeballs roll. Now that’s some statement.

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Subtract colour and go all-white | White is the colour which is synonymous to summer. Presenting some classic American looks in white, Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors gave enough cues on how to do cropped pants this summer. Get inspired by Lauren and pair those pants with a fitted top. Let the midriff be visible or go for a simple yet elegant all-white look with a white linen shirt. Pairing greys with whites is always a wonderful idea; Kors SS 16 was replete with looks in the combination.



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