The Underrated Pant Cut to Wear This Spring

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Me, in Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, France

Pants that hit mid-shin may seem difficult to style, but capris are actually really fashionable and ultra-versatile. Here are five ways to wear capris!

Capris for Traveling

Capris are fabulous for traveling over the spring and summer because they take up less space in your bag. They’re also handy when you’re not sure how the weather will turn out — cooler than jeans and warmer than shorts, the capri is your go-to for looking stylish in moderate weather.

I brought a pair of zip-up denim capris to France over the summer. They took up very little room rolled up in my suitcase and paired well with Tom’s shoes, a peplum top and cardigan.

With Boots

During the fall and winter, cropped pants also can be strategically paired with boots. Oftentimes, boots are too tight around your pant leg and can cause discomfort. Or, if your pants have a flared bottom, they look odd stuffed into your shoe. The higher hemline of capris completely gets rid of this issue.

Under Dresses

On the colder side of spring or at night, cropped leggings are practical and fashionable. They can hide under long dresses; especially peasant or maxi dresses that are long enough but sometimes can fly up. Or, use capri leggings to add some pop to a shorter, but bland dress. 

With Color

Cropped pants are often easier to style than full-length pants, meaning you can wear brightly colored capris or bright colors with capris. Paired with sandals and a light top, capris make a cute summer outfit that’s appropriate for wherever the day takes you.

girl in front of ocean wearing capris

Here I paired my white capris with Toms and a lace tank layered under a crop top. I was working at a music festival, so this was perfect because my pants were an appropriate length without jeopardizing comfort in the hot weather. The tanks were layered under my work shirt while I was on the job, and the outfit looked festival-friendly on breaks.

Notice my keys connected to the belt loop. One of my co-workers actually lost his keys in the shuffle while he was watching a band perform. There’s definitely something to say for having pockets and belt loops!

For Working Out 

Capri yoga leggings are my choice of wear for yoga class. Bootleg yoga pants can sometimes catch your toes when you’re trying to find stillness in poses like downward dog and mountain pose. Yoga shorts can be too revealing. Mid-length yoga pants have many benefits. They’re tight so they won’t snag on anything and they’re a comfortable length so you’re covered. The medium coverage level makes them great for any class, from hot yoga to gentle.

girl doing aerial yoga pose

I recently have started to take up aerial yoga in New York City. I wore yoga capris to my first class and they didn’t get in the way of performing stunts like this one.

Catherine Brock

Owner and Editor at The Budget Fashionista
As a Southern California transplant now living in the Midwest, Catherine has turned layering into an art form and accepted that UGGs actually do have a place in the stylish lady's wardrobe. She's been featured in Woman's World Magazine, DrLaura.com, Refinery29, Wellness.com and has made appearances on ABC7 Chicago, FOX2News St. Louis, KCAL9 Los Angeles, Fox19 Cincinnati, WGN TV Chicago and WCPO TV Cincinnati.
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