Denim is a huge part of fall dressing, so we’re dedicating the next few Style Resolutions to this tried-and-true fabric. Skinny jeans will always play a major role in our sartorial rotation, but fall is giving way to a whole slew of new, often-overlooked styles. One silhouette we’ve had our eyes on in particular is the cropped jean. Somewhere in between culotte and capri, these bad boys have a rugged, borrowed-from-the-boys appeal we love. Check out how we’ll be wearing this shortened-up style this season.
How to Style Cropped Jeans at the Office
Make the most of those casual Fridays with anything-but-your-average denim. Balance out the bottoms’ laid-back vibe with an impeccably polished top. A bold-patterned button-down and sleek, sleeveless blazer take workweek staples to the next level, while a floral skinny scarf injects the look with a retro bohemian vibe. Bright pops of color in the form of look-at-me nails and a structured bag keep things feeling fresh, while snakeskin ankle boots have a subtle rocker edge.
Mother Denim The Maverick Cropped Jeans ($195) + Warehouse Tapestry Print Blouse ($75), Zara Double-Breasted Waistcoat ($129), Urban Outfitters Perfect Friends Ring Set ($10), Jeffrey Campbell Boone Leather Boot ($210), Zara Mini Floral Thin Scarf ($13), Formula X Brushed Metallic Nail Color in Ambitious ($13), Bauble Bar Volcano Drops ($36), Cambridge Satchel Company x Vivienne Westwood Squiggle Satchel ($325)
How to Style Cropped Jeans for a Night Out
We’re huge fans of jeans on a night out. Not only are they fuss-free and crazy comfortable, but it’s no biggie if the drinks start to fly. Dress up your denim with a luxe outer layer, like a faux fur-trimmed topper and statement-making shoes, followed up by an unexpected button-down and bralette combo. Bold embroidery is definitely a must. Complete the look with an eye-catching clutch and a red lip.
Mother Denim The Maverick Cropped Jeans ($195) + Zara Waistcoat With Fur Collar ($189), DVF 440 Gallery Folio Fringe Clutch ($197), Sephora Color Lip Last in Orange Rocks ($14), BCBGeneration Silver Tone Omega Chain Collar Necklace ($35), Charles + Keith Pointed Loafer Heels ($27), Mango Printed Cotton Shirt ($50), Topshop Embroidered Bralet ($58)
How to Style Cropped Jeans on the Weekend
Off-duty, it’s all about comfort with a fashion-forward twist. A cozy leopard coat is perfect for showing the brisk fall weather who’s boss, while a spectrum of sunny yellow hues in the form of a statement tee, cuff socks and a turtleneck sweater keep those summer vibes alive. Leather slides play up the menswear-inspired feel of the cropped bottoms and an agate-esque ring adds a touch of bling.
Mother Denim The Maverick Cropped Jeans ($195) + Mango Leopard Faux Fur Coat ($150), Burberry Lip + Cheek Bloom in Purple Tulip ($30), H&M Short Turtleneck Top ($13), Only Child Kaleido Crystal Ring ($99), Smoke x Mirrors Atomic Sunglasses ($295), BDG Cuffed Rib-Knit Beanie ($19), Hansel from Basel Jacquard Cuff Crew Sock ($8), Forever21 Faux-Leather Mini Crossbody Bag ($15), River Island Orange Abstract Print Oversized Shirt ($50), Kelsi Dagger Vail Slide ($122)
What pieces in your closet deserve more attention, but stump your style game? Tell us about your trickiest wear-again garments in the comments below and we might feature them in our next Style Resolutions post!