I’m intrigued by wide leg crop jeans

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I was never one to go in much for culottes or gauchos (remember those?), but I do like the idea of these, because the cut seems flattering for a variety of body types, and they’re a nice alternative to the same old skinny jeans I’m kind of trying to get away from. This first pair, from Zero+Maria Cornejo, is nicely nipped in at the waist, and has some cool flourishes up the side (click through to see).

mother jeans

I know some of you don’t like them, but I’m a sucker for a raw hem.

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This pair, from the J. Crew line Point Sur, is pleasingly retroish with those front patch pockets.

j brand jeans

I like the snappy  deep cuff here.

madewell jeans

This button-front pair would look fantastic with a crisp white button-down.

mother khaki

And I think this khaki pair is very updated preppy chic.

joes jeans

I just really like the wash here, and the fact they’re not too too wide.

beard jeans

The released hem on these is pretty cool.

3×1 jeans

The saturated blue on these is chic and unexpected.

apc jeans

These are from APC, and I’m a big fan of their signature dark wash.

 

topshop jeans

A well-priced pair from Topshop.

nic jeans

A highly wearable pull-on pair in slate grey.

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47 Thoughts on I’m intrigued by wide leg crop jeans
    Christina
    14 May 2018
    8:01am

    My 6ft tall self can’t get past the high-waters effect to embrace these. Too much adolescent trauma.

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      Jax
      14 May 2018
      12:19pm

      Ha, my 5’1” self can’t stand being chopped up into more chunky sections!

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    Candy
    14 May 2018
    8:30am

    I also initially thought these looked too much like high waders and wouldn’t consider them. But then… Let’s say, I’ve reconsidered a bit and very glad you posted these. I really like the Joe’s Jeans with that great fringy hem, the simple Topshop ones and the not-too-wide Nic+Zoe. They all seem fun and comfortable for summer.

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    c.w.
    14 May 2018
    9:00am

    A couple of weeks ago I was in Nordstrom shopping for Mother’s Day and decided to try on a pair of wide-legged cropped jeans “just to see.” The pair I selected were Madewell and while they fit me perfectly my 5’2″ self looked in the mirror and just said “no.” If I were 5’5″ or taller I’d be in the cropped wide-legged camp. However, having said all that I will try on a few more pair “just to see” before I abandon all hope.

    The Joe’s Jeans above I find the most appealing because they have such a surfer girl vibe.

    Heading for the east coast tomorrow! So looking forward to being somewhere that isn’t 90 degrees outside (or inside for that matter since my air conditioner compressor gave up on Friday and the air conditioner guys couldn’t get to it over the weekend––fingers crossed they’ll fix it today!).

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      Mamavalveeta03
      14 May 2018
      7:52pm

      Great, c.w.! 😊

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    Helen
    14 May 2018
    9:13am

    I love the way they look on the tall, skinny, young models. I am on the thinner side and average height, but there will never be a time when this type of pant will ever look better on me than a normal crop jean (or pretty much any other kind of jean or pant, including the heinous boot cut). Then you have to figure out the appropriate foot wear which is another headache. Just not going to work for most people.

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    Jordan
    14 May 2018
    9:17am

    The Joe’s version is as close to tolerable as these jeans get… I just don’t think they flatter almost anyone! They don’t even look especially good on the models wearing them!

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    Lesa
    14 May 2018
    9:22am

    Just. No.
    These put the ugh in ugly.

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    y.k.
    14 May 2018
    9:23am

    I love the way it looks, but I don’t think I have enough waist definition to pull it off properly.
    That first Cornejo top is Beautiful.

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    Allison
    14 May 2018
    9:29am

    These are all HIDEOUS!!!!

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      DeDe
      14 May 2018
      11:20am

      You have a right to your opinion and all, but, deep breaths, Allison. Deep breaths.

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    Tamara WINAWER
    14 May 2018
    9:30am

    So last week you did a post on t-shirts and there was one from madewell featured with heir wide leg crop. I had to have the jeans…button front, raw hem, TOTALLY perfect. I wore them yesterday with a tucked in off the shoulder blouse and big hoop earrings..my boys said I looked like a model from the 70’s and what could be bad about that?

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      Nicole
      14 May 2018
      9:32am

      Ok this? This could convince me, actually.

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        Tamara WINAWER
        14 May 2018
        11:16am

        If it helps I’m 5’6 and size 27 (or 4, depending on the sizing system lol)

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          Nicole
          15 May 2018
          10:16am

          Tell me what shoes you’re pairing with them.

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            Tamara WINAWER
            15 May 2018
            11:22am

            I actually went with a Birkenstock slide the other night…a new one, Black with gold flowers. I also love them with wedges and espadrilles that tie up the ankle. Clogs could be interesting too…thinking the no.6 wth the wedge heel. I think I would pass on the Stan smiths with these.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      14 May 2018
      8:21pm

      That’s just the sweetest! My girls say, “No, Mom. Just no.”

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    EMM
    14 May 2018
    9:34am

    I have two variations of the cropped Point Sur that I got at J.Crew a couple of years ago and they’ve been my go-to summer jeans. I tried on a ton of pairs to get the right fit, though. The right proportion of the waist, hip, and thighs on wide-leg crops is harder to find than on regular jeans, and it took a while to find a pair that didn’t give me a flat butt. I’m 5’5″ and a size 26 or 27, and to my eye these look best with heels. Flat shoes with these make me look too squat.

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    Jenny
    14 May 2018
    10:06am

    These could be great on a long-legged woman, but for those of us with average or even short legs proportionally for our heights, they’re a big “no.”

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      Heather
      14 May 2018
      12:32pm

      I don’t even know how long one’s legs would need to be, since these look dreadfully unflattering on all the (assuredly long-legged) models in these pictures!

      Rail-thin 5’10″+ women looking squat and stumpy… I think it’s some kind of mass delusion. I really do.

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    Jenny
    14 May 2018
    10:09am

    A company called ABLE makes an identical-as-far-as-I-can-tell version of the deep cuff white crops for about half the price, and they do nice stuff to support female sewers, makers, & artisans. For the record, I am enamored of this shape and have to stop myself from buying yet another pair (the aforementioned ABLE trousers). And if you like a frayed hem (which I do) they are very easy to DIY, particularly if you start with MiH Marrakesh cut, which is pretty abundant on eBay.

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    DeDe
    14 May 2018
    11:11am

    Personally, I really like high-waisted, wide-leg pants; they make my legs look longer and define my caboose in a good way. They’ve been worn with style by women of varying heights and body shapes off and on since the 40’s. Whether you like the way they look on you or not is an individual thing of course, but there’s no arguing that they’re classics.

    Even if I were not into them, I appreciate that your willingness to try different things and make posts about it here, Kim. It keeps things interesting. IMO it’s when you stop being curious about things, fashion-y or otherwise, that you start to look (and feel) old.

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      Heather
      14 May 2018
      12:38pm

      It’s not the shape but the shortness — high-waisted wide-legged pants are indeed flattering on a wide range of body types.

      But putting a horizontal line right as the calves begin to widen and then having a whole bunch of volume above that just makes no sense to me whatsoever… I know looking thinner shouldn’t always be the goal per se, but it makes a mess of the body’s proportions that can only be solved with a really high heel.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      14 May 2018
      8:30pm

      I’d be totally into them if they were long. I agree that their booty-flattering and leg-lengthening potential is strong!

      And YES to not getting stale!

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    Kate F
    14 May 2018
    11:41am

    I’m not sure they’re going to work on me (5’4”; size 8) but I ordered this pair from H&M that are a dead ringer for the released hem pair but 10% of the price: https://www.hm.com/us/s/0BBE01

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    sdk
    14 May 2018
    12:46pm

    I love wide-legged pants/jeans, but the cropped version – and when I think of “wide-legged cropped jeans,” I think of the first pair featured – are not flattering on anyone, even models, no matter what people keep trying to tell me about them being universal. I even gave in and tried some on, and they would have been perfect if they had been full length, or even less cropped. I can get behind the second ones featured here, but getting the proportions right is really, really difficult.

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    Christine W
    14 May 2018
    12:54pm

    The APC ones and the last (gray) pair show the potential issue… they hit exactly at the most unflattering part of the lower calf. Skirts this length are frumpsville for the same reason. I do want to try them but I’m leery. BTW I always thought low-rise jeans were a hideous mass delusion as well yet we had nothing but for basically a decade, first in boot cut and then skinny form, while the fashionerati lectured us that they were flattering on all body types. I very much appreciate the increased jean options now.

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    Debra K
    14 May 2018
    1:09pm

    If you take out the insanely ugly granny shoes on some of the models, I think most of these pants would be so much more attractive. Stumpy, block heel slides are best left to the young ones for this look. A good sneaker or high heel combined with a not too wide crop can really make this pant work in a way those orthopedic shoes do not.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      14 May 2018
      9:07pm

      As mentioned above, deep breaths. Deep breaths.

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      Susanna
      14 May 2018
      11:56pm

      What shoes are you even referring to as “granny shoes”? I honestly have no idea. As far as I can see the shoe styles here are vastly various, and I, for one, like most of them.

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    EW
    14 May 2018
    1:40pm

    I’ve resisted the high-ish wide leg crop for a while now mainly due to the ‘stumpy mcstumps’ effect..however, I’m ‘5’10 and am looking for an alternative to my favorite boyfriend jeans – 1. my partner said my really baggy ones reminded him of his oldest auto mechanic uncle (!) and 2. I’d like something that would wear to work on a casual day/outing so, perhaps these might do the trick. like most style, the key is in the cut – width of leg, rise of waist, fittedness in the hips…I have to go to our giant mall later today – I think I’m going to check out the madewells….
    Plus — these paired with last week’s clogs…a can’t miss for any upcoming summer-in-75 parties (Planning to treat myself so of those famed No.6’s soon!)

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    joannawnyc
    14 May 2018
    1:55pm

    I love this look! It’s like the perfect long-skirt length that shows off your ankles!

    What am I not getting? I am 5’3.5″ and never really worry about looking short (I mean … I am short).

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      DeDe
      14 May 2018
      4:30pm

      Same. I’m 5’2”, and I guess I feel like I have more important things to stress over than whether or not I look as short as I in fact am (or whether my pants make my calves look fat, or my shoes make my legs look stumpy, ad infinitum, ad astra). Very few people are scruitinizing you as closely as you’re scruitinizing yourself, and if they are? Screw ‘em.

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        c.w.
        14 May 2018
        4:51pm

        Agree with all the shortness comments. However, I do care about proportion and if I look in the mirror and my proportions look “off” then I feel like I look “stumpy” or “frumpy.”

        My air conditioner did not get fixed so my flight out to the east coast had to be changed to Thurs. so I am down, down, down. Thinking about cropped pants helps because it takes my mind off the fact that I have to live for two more days in my 85 degree condo with fans blasting all day and night. And, yes, I do recognize this is a first world problem and will ergo shut the f up.

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          DeDe
          14 May 2018
          5:51pm

          I heart you, C-dub. I’d say to stay cool, but I don’t think that’s hard for you, figuratively speaking, at least!

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          Mamavalveeta03
          14 May 2018
          9:14pm

          Aw, I’m bummed for your sake, c.w. You’ll get here, and it will be a wonderful Summer!

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    Joanne
    14 May 2018
    5:02pm

    Love this look. Wondering if it would look as good if jeans/pants were a couple of inches longer?

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    Francine
    14 May 2018
    5:18pm

    Oh I love denim posts and the wonderful comments that follow!

    I like higher-rise cropped flares quite a bit (wearing a pair from Current/Elliott right now!)because they are still fitted in the butt area. The few high-rise, wide-leg crops that I’ve tried fall straight back from the butt, offering no definition or shape.

    I think I might have told this story before, but last summer I tried Madewell’s version, having seen them on a blogger. They were my worst nightmare, flattening my butt beyond recognition. The salesperson said “Oh, that’s how the girls are wearing them. They like the flat butt look.”

    Totally agree with Jenny on DIYing a pair of flares – and YES, MiH Marrakesh are PERFECT. Everyone should get a pair.

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    Loree
    14 May 2018
    5:52pm

    I agree w the chopped leg potential. They also remind me of the elastic waist cropped pants worn by sweet old ladies who are looking for something cooler than long pants but less revealing than shorts.
    I can also hear the thwap thwap sound they would make while walking quickly.
    This little trend can blow by.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    14 May 2018
    7:46pm

    Being relatively tall at 5’10”, I often feel that I’m wearing shrunken clothing…too short sleeves, high-water pants, swimsuits that give me a wedgie (Oops! TMI 😉)…it’s all comes with the territory. Not that I’m complaining – I like being tall. But I just can’t get into the cropped wideleg trend. And whatever fashion chooses to call them, “A rose is a rose is a rose.”

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      DeDe
      15 May 2018
      2:51pm

      If you want, I can crop the ends offa my stuff and send it to you! You’d be guaranteed to have a totally unique look! 😝

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        Mamavalveeta03
        16 May 2018
        1:51am

        You always make me laugh, DeDe! 😂

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    Stella
    15 May 2018
    7:12am

    7th grade gauchos with tall Frye boots …. fav outfit.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      16 May 2018
      1:53am

      I was just telling my 20-yr old daughter about that look! And yup, I was in 8th grade.

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    Hick from Styx
    15 May 2018
    1:01pm

    It’s all about body type. There’s something for everyone. These work for me!

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    Anne L
    16 May 2018
    10:18am

    I came very close to buying some of these last year but in the past six months or so, I’ve watched a number of bloggers/instagram folks style them and they are almost always my least favorite looks. Which suggests that all other things being equal, they are just not for me.

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    Bethany
    16 May 2018
    9:07pm

    These will always appeal to me because of the geek chic factor. I have a pair of white ones from Everlane. They scratch that itch for me with a pair of Worishofers low wedge sandals. I am 100x more geek than fashionista, I guess.

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