Capri Pants: In or Out?

On Friday, I wrote a fashion post about alternatives to shorts, for ladies who don’t care to wear shorts in the summertime and were looking for other casual alternatives. I mentioned in that post that I no longer wear capri pants, which created some curiosity in the comments section. Several of you asked why I no longer wear capris and if they are out of style.

Personally, I am not a fan of capris — at least, capris as I think of them — where the hemline falls somewhere in the mid-calf region. Although I definitely participated in the trend during its heyday, I never thought they were particularly flattering, and lately I have started to feel like they look dated. These days I opt for cropped pants or boyfriend jeans, or I just wear a skirt or shorts. When I want the look of a cropped pant, I like to cuff my regular jeans like this.

Fashion for Women Over 40: Capri Pants vs Cropped Pants and everything in between!

But I know that a lot of women who live in warm climates swear that capri pants are a “must” for surviving the summer heat. I was curious about the current party line regarding capri pants, so I did a quick Google search. As you would expect, opinions are mixed. I decided this was a great question to put out on my Facebook page. You can read the responses here.

Of course there are always a few who pipe up and say we should all just wear what we want to wear, and who cares what anyone else thinks. Well, yeah, I agree in theory, but I want to wear clothing that is current and on trend (and of course flattering) so I do consider what is in style and how to wear the current trends appropriately. Judging by the popularity of my fashion posts, I will assume that many of you do too.

The first thing we need to clarify is, what is a capri pant?

I know the term can be a catch-all for any pants that are longer than shorts and shorter than, well, pants. But when I say capri pants, I am thinking of the pants that cut off in the middle of the calf. In fact, if you look it up in the dictionary, it says this:

capri pants: definition

However, when you go online to shop for pants, you will find capri pants a catch-all for cropped pants, ankle length pants, pedal pushers, and of course capris.

capri pants at Old NavyI think it is safe to say that capri pants, like every trend, ebbs and flows. They aren’t necessarily out of style, but the style of capris has evolved. Just like blue jeans, some capri pants are “in” and some are “out” so paying attention to style and cut is key.

My friend Cyndi wrote a great post on this topic last spring, and she does a great job describing how to wear capri pants so they look current and flattering. Here is my personal list of Capri Pants Dos and Don’ts.  read more >>

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