While we're breaking our style rules...

... I bought cropped pants. Well, they should be cropped on a taller gal, but on short little me they hit the top third of my ankle. Part of me really loves the nerdy-and-too-short vibe as they are without modification, and the other part of me says to be sensible and make them, at the very least, a non-leg-shortening length. Problem is, there are zippers on the inside hem openings which I expect would make shortening tricky and expensive?

#1 - Pants as is. They are straight from the knee down, but I have very slim ankles so they appear to flare out. The shortie in me finds this almost-too-short vibe amusing, I'm sure if I was taller I wouldn't ;)

#2 - Detail of the print (LOVE) and fabric (a nice weight twill, probably a spring/summer/fall weight for me).

#3 - Because of the zippers, the easiest alteration option would be to have the outer seam taken in so they are skinnier at the hem opening. Shown here are super skinny (ankle hugging) and slim skinny, and with a longer shirt for more normal, non-nerdy proportions :) This is my top choice.

#4 - The other option would be to shorten them as proper crops, which would add a horizontal seam in the print because I would need to leave the bottom several inches with the zipper alone. Not sure if that would be problematic visually. Longer length on the left (my preference), shorter length on the right. I wouldn't want to go bermuda length with these.

Difficult, I know! But the pattern sings to me in a way that almost no other this season has, so I would be so happy if I could make them work. Thoughts and opinions?

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  • Jjsloane replied 7 years ago

    Great pattern and fit (above the hem area) I like the Super Slim full length followed by the shorter crop length.

  • Victoria replied 7 years ago

    you know what, I much prefer these at their regular lengh and not shortened. I think in shorter pics it looses something. In my opinion, you diffinately don't have to wear long shirt with this-with cute snug sweater it has this 50s vibe which is cool. You can also do kitten heels and nice blouse, I think that would be an awesome look

  • rae replied 7 years ago

    I kinda have a soft spot for this length that evolved from rabid hatred...I think it is because it seems like all the men are wearing their pants like that in Korea lately. I have to say it's grown on me. I can totally see these with some bright (red? neon?) socks and a half tuck to keep the leg line long.

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    I love this pattern!

    I have a VERY hard time with #1 (on gals, blokes and kids), which I know is not a surprise.

    I like #3 best and both versions of #4. Divine :)

  • rae replied 7 years ago

    Lo and behold, there is an entire website devoted to Korean Manpants:

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    I like the tapered versions on the Korean guys!

  • Victoria replied 7 years ago

    Rae: I think these Korean guys look pretty good in those pants! I have to say though, you must be skinny as hell to wear this look

  • Charmian replied 7 years ago

    That print is AWESOME!

    I have a thing for the super-skinny version in #3. If you're going to buy a pair of skinnies with such an lovely graphic print, you should show as much of it as you can!

  • Parsley replied 7 years ago

    I LOVE them!
    Truly, I kind of like them as is (sorry, Angie!), but I think either version in #3 would be great.
    I think cutting them off as in #4 would be a shame.

  • Amy replied 7 years ago

    I like them best short and tapered.

  • Diana replied 7 years ago

    I like them tapered the best. Not a fan of the original combo of ankle length + wide opening but I think they are lovely when tapered. Either taper version works for me.

  • Sveta replied 7 years ago

    Cool pants! I don't like the original ones but both long tapered and shorter versions work well.

  • annagybe replied 7 years ago

    I like the original. But if you're going to "fix 'em" then the slightly less skinny.

  • Jonesy replied 7 years ago

    They have a fab print and they fit you beautifully! I like them in all iterations! I think it's up to you to decide what you want to do with them :).

  • Aida replied 7 years ago

    So interesting to hear the mixed thoughts on these! So far we're about 50-50 leave them vs. taper them. Cropped pants are fascinating :)

    (No decision made yet, still thinking so I'd love to hear more thoughts!)

  • bionda replied 7 years ago

    So cool! I like either #3 version. Please don't cut them off!!!

  • Abie replied 7 years ago

    3B for me, the slim skinny.

  • Sona replied 7 years ago

    lovin both #3 and $. 4 maybe a bit more!

  • K. Period. replied 7 years ago

    I'm 3 B too! Slim skinny seems to be the right compromise to maintain the pattern to my eye. Slim supper skinny is also cute, but I don't think it works as well with the pattern. So there are my 2cents. :)

  • Jenava replied 7 years ago

    I vote leave as is and taper to slim skinny. (-:

  • ManidipaM replied 7 years ago

    I love the original nerd-ity in that geeky plaid-referenced print; but if we're going with figure flattery (;-)) I'll vote for the slim skinny, length as-is.

  • Aida replied 7 years ago

    And tapering takes the lead! This is what I was initially thinking, so that's good (though I am happy to hear that I'm not the only one who likes the nerdier vibe as-is hehe). I think the slim-skinny would still give a bit of that vibe but not be overpoweringly shortening, yes? I dunno why but I still like the initial fit (so weird for me....)

  • Jem replied 7 years ago

    Another vote for slim-skinny. I love the pattern on those pants!!

  • JR replied 7 years ago

    I like #4 the best, followed by #3 slim skinny. I do think that the longer top is the way to go, for sure. It is a cool print, for sure.

  • sarah replied 7 years ago

    Cool pants! I'm good with 3 or 4. Sorry to be so wishy-washy : )

  • Jamie replied 7 years ago

    I haven't read all the comments yet, but I vote for #3. The taper looks best, and most of all, it preserves the cool pattern and the line of the leg.

  • Deborah replied 7 years ago

    Firstly I LOVE them! I vote slim them down and keep the length they are. They are very cool!! This length is featured in so many street style pictures!

  • Echo replied 7 years ago

    I will have to break from the crowd here and vote for the super-skinny version of #3. Cute pants!

  • Kate replied 7 years ago

    I also prefer super skinny tapered, and both versions of #4 are fab.

  • Aziraphale replied 7 years ago

    #3, by far. Either version of #3 is great. Crops are fine too, but with that print, don't you want to preserve as much of it as possible? It's just too cool for words.

  • O replied 7 years ago

    I love #3 , the version on the left. And I love love love the pattern.

  • April replied 7 years ago

    The pattern is wonderful, Aida! Gorgeous.

    I'm not going to chime in on the length, since I have a serious aversion to anything in the "is that on purpose or not" realm of shorter inseams. Comes from a childhood filled with flood-pant hand-me-downs. You'll make it work.

  • Astrid replied 7 years ago

    Great pattern! I love them as slim skinnies, with the length as is. But I also like the vibe of the original version.

  • ButterflyLady replied 7 years ago

    They're lovely. I also like them as is, but ignore me on that because my little brain can't get it's head around what lengths/widths are 'good'. I like no. 3 slim skinny best if you want to alter them.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 7 years ago

    LOVE these in the pics in #4 - shortened and tapered. Gorgeous and funky!

  • ramya replied 7 years ago

    Love the look on you... but you knw what through your fotos i would never have pegged you as petite...

  • Lisa replied 7 years ago

    I like version #4 best, with the trousers hitting you at the widest part of the lower leg. What a great fit in these trousers, and a fun pattern on them, nice find!

  • Ruby Tuesday replied 7 years ago

    I think you may need to wear the trousers as is a couple of times to get the look out of your system before tapering the trousers to be more flattering. I went through this process with my purple cropped jeans last fall before lopping six inches off of the hems. Two looks for the price of one!

  • replied 7 years ago

    I have a pencil skirt with a very similar pattern. I had to go check, because at first I thought it was exactly the same fabric!

    I agree with Julie (RoseandJoan) that you need to wear them out and about like they are for a few times since part of you likes that look. Maybe with some chunky bright socks and loafers?

  • Carole replied 7 years ago

    I like the lengthoff 3 best, but 4 is nice too. Somehow, I think the longer crop length of 3 is more slimming and chic, than the Capri-ish length of 4. Love the pattern, seems like you'll have fun styling these.

  • harmonica replied 7 years ago

    Both tapered versions looks good to me and the print is really great! Honestly I'm not a fan of #1.

  • Meredith1953 replied 7 years ago

    What a great pattern! I find myself loving the #3 version!

  • Marley replied 7 years ago

    Probably no surprise - but I love the original length. Super nerdy is the BEST! My 2nd choice would be the slim skinny. Whatever you do - do NOT chop them off as in number 4!

    Also, I LOVE your hair! I really have been missing some important stuff on YLF lately! How long have you had it this short and do you like it? I think its beautiful!

  • Aida replied 7 years ago

    Ladies, thank you so much for all of this wonderful feedback! Very helpful. A larger number than I expected likes the length as-is, such a surprise! LOTS of taper votes with a few crop votes; of the tapering votes, most people said either is fine, and those who specified much preferred the slim skinny over the super skinny.

    I think R&J is onto something with the idea of wearing them a few times as-is and THEN taper them. Since the wider hem makes them hard to style, I definitely don't want to NOT reach for them as much as I would otherwise. I think I will keep my eyes peeled for a more inexpensive plaid pant to play with this silhouette, and try these a few times as-is before getting them tapered; they may not make it out of the house that way, of course ;)

    I also really like the longer crop length in #4 (left one), but agree with others that it'd be a shame to loose so much of the print. So I think I'll keep my eyes open during the end-of-season sales for a fun, inexpensive pair which I can chop up to that length!

  • Aida replied 7 years ago

    Oh! And Marley, so good to see you!! How have you been? I JUST cut my hair a few days ago, actually. Photos here, and thank you :D

  • CocoLion replied 7 years ago

    You hair looks great Aida (didn't get to comment on your hair thread). I like the way it's looking great even a while *after* salon magic has taken place. That's the sign of the right cut for you!

    As for the pants, if you're still taking votes, I don't think they look so bad at the original length! But I do prefer them tapered as in pic #3 (either mildly or highly tapered). I wonder, why bother with tapering them slightly though (then just keep them the same). If you taper them, go all the way into Audrey taper territory. Anyway, that's my logic.

  • Mama Susie replied 7 years ago

    Slim skinny #3 is so cute!

  • Vicki replied 7 years ago

    I love these pants and, like a few of the others, who want you to break a few rules (Angie, look away), I, too, prefer them "as is." Leave it to our amazing Rae to find the Korean manpants link, whose photos I adore. Having said all this, ANY LENGTH will work for you, because these pants are so many levels of amazing! ETA: Your hair looks so fantastic in these photos and I love all the different lengths.

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