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Wednesday, January 19th 2011

Spring Must-Have: Cropped Pants

As fashion continues its love affair with separates, cropped pants are stepping into focus. There was nary a spring runway without at least one pair of ankle-baring crops. As adept at lending a flirty air to an ensemble as they are at playing the avant-garde card, pedal pushers are a great way to refresh a wardrobe.

Give your skinny jeans a break: swap them out for cropped flares by J Brand jeans for a crisp, East Coast blueblood feel. Or, keep the slouchy look going into spring, but leave the boyfriend jeans in their drawer, instead opting for a more tailored pair of pleated, cropped Bird by Juicy Couture pants. For those inclined to taking risks in their fashion, 3.1 Phillip Lim pants are ankle grazing and extra-wide this season—not for the faint of heart. Take our style director’s advice and wear them with layered neutrals.

And, if you need further convincing to try the look, ankle pants are a convenient way to show off an artful pair of designer shoes.

--Amie

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