Pedal pushers are slim-fitting bottoms that finish on or just over the knee. They are shorter than calf length. I’ve referred to pedal pushers as clamdiggers in the past, while retailers in the US call them capris or cropped pants. This is not a new silhouette, but it has taken a back seat in a fashion world that is currently besotted with ankle pants. 

Pedal pushers are structured, and made of dressy fabrics like wool and cotton blends, or casual fabrics like denim, in both solids and patterns. They frequently have a slit on the hem of the knee to increase the comfort level as you stride. Pedal pushers are especially good for larger calves because they are short and don’t cling. The hems of casual styles can be rolled to the knee, which is an especially good idea when you hack off the length of an old pair of skinnies to create a pair.

I love pedal pushers, or clamdiggers as I call them. I used to wear them a lot four years ago, but stopped when baggy and slouchy boyfriend jeans took their place. I did cut a pair of old flared jeans to this length last year, but their fit is looser than pedal pushers. I’m in the mood for dressy pedal pushers like the ones here from Ann Taylor. Pedal pushers are more comfy than pencil skirts and look boyish in a polished way, which appeals to me. I’m a yay. 

Over to you. What’s your take on both dressy and casual pedal pushers? Would you wear them? And do you think that dressy pedal pushers, like the Ann Taylor styles below, are work appropriate?

Alexander McQueen Zip Detail Pedal Pusher PantsAlexander McQueen Blouse and Pants

Ann Taylor Petite Pindot Pedal PushersAnn Taylor Cotton Pedal Pushers

NYDJ Hayden Stretch Cotton Crop Pants

Ann Taylor Outfit