Wide cropped jeans with higher rises have gone from fringe to mainstream in six years. They are a trendier choice than skinnies, but defy the trends when they are sailor styles. Very few clients and friends fancied wide crops when they resurfaced. But things changed after they found a pair that fit, and could style them in a way that worked with their sartorial preferences. Now most of my clientele have one or multiple pairs of wide crop jeans. Never say never when it comes to fashion and style.

Once I convinced clients that they could wear wide crop jeans casually with an UNtucked top and sneakers, AND look streamlined, the silhouette had more appeal. No need to tuck or semi-tuck tops, or wear heels.

The outfits here represent an outfit formula that won over many of my clients. It’s a great look for Spring, transitional weather, or a cool Summer:

Denim Wide Crops + Short Fluid Sweater + Sneakers + Optional Topper

  • Wide Crops: Choose a pair in blue, white or black denim.
  • Short Fluid Sweater: You’re after a cotton or linen-rich pullover in a fluid fit and shorter length. A shorter length top gives structure to wide bottoms when you’re leaving it untucked by showcasing the hips and lengthening the leg line from the hips upward. A short fluid pullover with a welt works well because you can scrunch it a little shorter.
  • Sneakers: Add sneakers that work with the outfit. White sneakers are the default trendy classic, but non-white sneakers with white soles, blush, or metallic sneakers work well too. Wearing non-white sneakers in a colour that is repeated in the top or topper helps pull the outfit together.
  • Topper: Choose a short or longer topper for the most flattering proportions. Keeping the topper open creates a line down the front of the outfit that adds effective vertical integrity.

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White Stuff Thea Wide-Leg Cropped Trousers

I adore this outfit formula and have been wearing it for a while with the components from my wardrobe in the collection below. The shorter pullovers are left UNtucked and most have a welt. The toppers range in thickness because Spring days can be cold or mild. I almost always add nude-for-you knee-highs for warmth, unless it’s very mild.

COS
Silk-cotton Polo Shirt
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Zara
Geometric Jacquard Top
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9
COS
Textured knit jumper
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7
Nordstrom
Soft 7 Sneaker
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29
Hobbs
Saskia Trench Coat
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23

Over to you. Does the combination tickle your fancy?