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How to Wear Cropped Pants for the Ultimate Work Fashion

by Faran Krentcil

There’s always room to elevate your style game and include new trends, especially at work, where clothes can project confidence, power, and creativity. But as for learning how to wear cropped pants—the runway trend and celebrity favorite—in the office? It’s actually easier than you think.

Classic Fit, Bold Color

Cropped pants are a staple of spring fashion, but within the style, there’s a lot of variation. For a more conservative office, choose ones that mirror your normal suiting: slim fit, with a blend of cotton, nylon, and spandex to ward off wrinkles and add some stretch. Neutral colors like gray, black, and beige are fantastic ways to ease into the trend and still maintain the comfort of a work “uniform”—plus, they’ll already coordinate with blazers and blouses that you probably already own. But if you’re ready to push your style forward, consider a clean-cut cropped pant in a bold hue like pink. When paired with a matching blazer or a coordinating top, it’s an easy but unexpected look for spring.

Raspberry crop pant


Wondering how to wear cropped pants with a pattern? Something small, like tiny polka dots, adds dimension and movement to an everyday staple without feeling like too much. These cropped pants are especially attractive because they’re black and white, which means other staples—plain black blazers or jackets, white oxford shirts or silk blouses, and even a cherry red sweater—fit right in.

Polka dot crop

Casual Friday

Looking to expand your denim collection with a pair of stylish cropped pants? It’s easy with jeans that are form-fitting, flawless, and dyed a deep color, like midnight blue or black. Especially when day-to-night dressing is part of your routine, a great pair of black cropped jeans pairs perfectly with a blazer, a blouse, and a T-shirt for an effortlessly cool look that goes from work to cocktails and beyond.

Curvy-fit crop jeans

Shoe Pairings

Now the big question: what shoes should you wear? Answer: delicious stilettos. Cropped pants, with their long lines and short hems, show off the shoes so well. Leave legs and feet bare to maximize the statement heel, and make sure you choose a pair without ankle straps or buckles, which might cramp the look.

For more casual offices, a great stiletto boot is also a chic option, especially when paired with cropped jeans or black pants. If heels aren’t your thing, a pointed-toe flat is equally sharp, especially with a unique design detail like sequins, brocade fabric, or velvet.

Pink suede pumps

Whatever cropped pant ensemble you choose, wear it proudly—and for many seasons to come. As one of the modern classics, a cropped pant is a great investment for right now, but it will also help you take a best-dressed step into the future of fashion.

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