While the vast majority of trends aren't universally flattering, I'm particularly dubious of trends where it's as easy for the look to be totally wrong as it is for it to be right. The crop jean is the former. There are a lot of ways to wear cropped jeans wrong, and the result can be extremely unflattering. With this particular trend, you run the risk of looking short, wide and generally unfashionable. But, if worn correctly, cropped denim is more flattering than shorts and can vibe unfussy and super summery.
The keys to wearing crop denim in the most flattering way possible?
- Make sure the hem hits just below the widest part of your calf to avoid a "fattening" effect.
- Wear with high heel sandals, or, if you must go flat, with sandals that are ankle-strap free. An exposed top of foot will help lengthen the leg.
- Avoid flared crops -- they tend to look like bell-bottoms that were purchased entirely too short. Instead, go for straight leg or cropped skinnies.
White jeans are practically a must-have for summer, and this cropped straight leg pair fits just right.
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