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How to Wear Cropped Flared Denim

Well it’s a topic I knew I wanted to cover, but when I put the outfit together using the coated denim I felt this was the perfect opportunity. Clients have had questions about shorter tops and new styles of denim recently. If you have New Year’s Eve parties coming around the corner, maybe this will give you some ideas. This will be the epitome of a multi-tasking post!

Denim is definitely changing. But like I always say, it doesn’t mean that the popular skinny style is “out”. We are just going to have a lot more options. The problem for many women occurs when they get used to one particular style and how to wear it, then something new comes along and it makes you ask “Now how do I do that?” That’s one of the reasons I write this blog. Admittedly, sometimes it takes many photos and words to get my point across vs really seeing the visuals in real life, but I’m going to take a stab at it!

It’s all in the Shoe!

Here is the original photo I showed in my first post with a few different poses. I wasn’t sure I was going to keep this flared crop. But I liked how it turned out. It was something different. Yet, I never would have kept if I hadn’t found the right shoe.

Finding the right shoe turned out to be the biggest challenge. I knew from my white cropped flare from summer that I needed a little bit of a heel to pull this off with my body type. My boots –even some with a heel just didn’t work AT ALL! I liked the look of a pointed toe so much more–even if it wasn’t a super high heel. It was the way to go. This boot by 1901 is super affordable and very comfortable. They are pull-on and that usually is NOT my friend with my high arches. But they worked so well on my foot and the fabric is stretchy and comfortable. I could not decide between the animal print and houndstooth print, but in the end went with the latter because I have a LOT of animal print.

Here is the exact pair of denim I’m wearing from Kut from the Kloth (size one down) The top is from Cabi and only available through the end of the month. It’s a soft jersey knit that feels great on. Notice the tie which is actually attached. I tied it higher but you can wear it tied just loosely below the V-neck. It has a band around the bottom so it can be worn partially tucked or untucked. As I shared before, the jacket is from Nordstrom Rack and is a bargain. It’s warm/cozy and stylish at the same time.

Balancing the Silhouette

This isn’t new information, but I felt it comes even more into play with a wider leg pant that we haven’t been wearing as frequently. I bought this top a couple of years ago for the holidays and I haven’t worn it since because I just didn’t love it with a skinnier silhouette. Suddenly I liked it so much better and felt like it balanced the shorter top. The Regency Necklace is on sale too by the way.  Earrings are a simple sparkle stud. The top is old as I said, but you probably have similar short tops in your closet and maybe this combo will work for you too. The heels are David Tate  I showed previously. Again, a pointed toe but also it is an open style with more of the foot showing and it doesn’t look heavy or bulky.

Here is a silhouette that is totally the opposite.

The Kut from the Kloth skinny denim with velvet tuxedo stripe which is a style we have been seeing the last couple of seasons. These jeans are the softest denim and are super comfortable! I decided to try these with the Neon Dream earrings I’ve been eager to wear. In the next photo you can see it with a gold necklace  (similar style) which I almost liked better than the green earrings because the outfit is quite dark. This coat balances the skinnier bottom. Velvet top and coat are years old but linked similar styles for you.

These are some great examples combining the new with the old.  It’s what I love doing because I think we all have so much potential hanging right in our closets.

This is my last post of 2019. Again, thank you so very much for reading. Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!

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2 Comments

  • Alistaire

    So what is your guidance on length for this style? How should it hit in relationship to your leg and your shoe or boot? Should we expect that we have to get pants him and a lot more again?

    December 22, 2019 at 8:02 am Reply
    • Karen

      Great questions! I see all varieties of lengths. I liked them a little longer on my frame (short legs) so I didn’t hem. If they had been longer, maybe I would have hemmed a little just to show off some of the shoe. I think you will find that “sweet spot” that works for you. I don’t like them too short because I think it cuts you off visually unless you are tall, thin with long legs (you could probably get by with any length!)

      December 23, 2019 at 3:10 pm Reply

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