The cropped flare is something of a conundrum.
We’re used to our faithful skinny favourites – usually bunching at the ankles, snaking into the bottom of a boot or flashing a little ankle bone if we’re really lucky. Or we’re used to a billowy defiant flare that spills over the front of our shoes. Or something very purposefully chopped off and short. So the cropped flare – two specific attributes combined in one trouser – is something quite new to get our heads around. So let’s make a start because flower-pot trousers are on the autumn/winter 2015 horizon – and once mastered add a whole new dimension to trouser-wearing opportunities.
They’re ideal mid-season dressing. Not too long, not too short; just right.
Marques’ Almeida began introducing them two seasons ago amid their grunge-denim offerings so you’ll find your eye has already adjusted to the shape – the street style set certainly has.
They make for a great neat silhouette, a new take on figure-hugging, as it were, all agile and svelte.
They might come with a slight style allegiance to the Bay City Rollers. But that’s OK, so long as you don’t wear with plaid.
A game of proportion building, cropped trousers mean you should stay away from wearing a very cropped jacket and avoid anything mid-length too. Wear something either fitted to the waist, or to the top of the thigh.
What shoes to wear? There are, surprisingly, a lot of options depending on what look you’re going for. Converse will keep it Seventies-skater-cool, for example. But we’re opting for ankle boots as at Louis Vuitton. A sling-back sandal or mule will also work. Something that ties around the ankle will look especially nice. Stompier styles of shoe won’t work so well. Remember, it’s a neat silhouette, so keep it that way.
So the question is: will you be wearing the cropped flare?