I cut my teeth on fashion in the 90’s working for Nordstrom and have always had the idea that a few helpful tips can make it easier to look great! Also it shouldn’t cost a fortune to look fabulous for less getting the most out of your wardrobe dollars! So let’s talk about Spring fashion with Capri Pants and how to wear them.
“Capris Pants” have a hem from one to several inches below the knee. They typically come down to between knee and mid-calf almost to the ankle. They are meant to be worn in warm weather, and are a fun, chic but still casual alternative to shorts.
The name “Capri Pants” originates from the Italian Isle of Capri due to the influence of Princess Grace Kelly, who wore this style of pants while vacationing on the island. Capri pants subsequently gained popularity in the late 1950s and early 1960’s in the United States because of the movie star’s influence and many 1960s television shows.
Capris show off more of the leg than ankle length pants, so if you want to show off your calves, capris are the way to go. If you don’t wish to highlight your calves, opt for ankle length. The most flattering length is one that ends at the narrowest part of your leg. For capris, this is above the swell of the calf--for ankle this is above the ankle. Either way, avoid pants that end midway, at the widest part of your calf. Keep in mind that cuffs and pleats are usually best avoided. Cuffs make the leg look shorter. Wear cuffs only if you have long legs. Pleats create the appearance of a larger midriff, which most people want to avoid!
In order to get the most out of your pants you want to have the right shoes on hand. In cooler weather flats or loafers are a good shoe option and as the weather warms up bring out your sandals, wedges, or sling backs (yes, lots of options!). Remember, it's never "in fashion" to wear Capris with any type of nylons and socks almost always look out of sync as well.
The difference between Capris and an ankle length pants is subtle. The key here is that the hem is at ankle length allowing the entire bridge of the foot to be shown but not exposing any of the calf. You can go a bit higher than this and still be in ankle-length territory as long as the hem is no higher than the narrow part of the lower calf. The choices of hem lengths and the rules for wearing them are loosely written and broader than ever.
The best choice is the one that makes you feel most comfortable and shows off your body type to its best advantage. Choose the style that makes you smile the most when you look into a mirror!