How to Wear Wide Leg Cropped Jeans

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Short? It’s okay. Not Rail-Thin? No Prob.

It’s a great time for jeans: no style is off-limits right now. Whether you like skinnies, crops, boyfriend, flares, straight or mom means, dad jeans, or even Uncle Arthur jeans, it’s all good. I have really wanted to jump on the wide leg crop jeans train for quite a while, but it just hasn’t worked out. I’ve tried tons of different brands and styles, but with my short legs and healthy hips, I haven’t found any that are flattering. They are out there, though — it’s all in the details. Today I’m sharing some helpful tips for finding wide leg crops that work for us shorter, thicker people. Tall, thin, elegant ladies, you are probably good to go already.

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Tips for Wearing Wide Leg Crops

  • Get the length right — Wide leg crops are most flattering when they hit just above the ankle. Too high and your legs can look thick. I’m 5’5″ and sometimes the petite (or short) length pants work for me, but sometimes they’re too short. You can always get them tailored or cut off an inch or two and leave the raw hem.
  • Don’t go for jumbo — If you’re short, stay away from super-wide styles and/or bulky fabrics that stick way out. Opt for a more streamlined wide leg or more flowy denim or chambray. For me, the streamlined look is most flattering of all: flowy wide legs make me look, well, wide.
  • Find the right waist height — A mid- to higher rise looks great with wide leg crops. If you’re petite you might want to stick with more of a mid-rise.
  • Seal the deal with the right shoe — Heels will elongate your legs, so they’re always a great choice. Even if it’s just a low heel or wedge, it’ll help. Will I still wear mine with sneakers? Yes, occasionally. Higher rise ankle boots look great, too.
  • Balance the scale — If you’ve got a wider pant on the bottom, you should go smaller scale on top. Try a sleek tee (or turtleneck if it’s fall/winter). You can wear a cardigan or jacket with your cropped wide leg jeans, but it should either be just above the waist in length or at or below the knee. Top layer hemlines hitting around your hip area when wearing wide leg crops aren’t the most flattering.
  • Show your waist — If you do wear a top layer like a jacket or cardigan, leave it open in front to show the waistline. This will help your legs look longer.
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Wide Leg Cropped Jean Options

The jeans I’m wearing in this post are the first wide leg crops that I’ve truly embraced and find comfortable and fairly flattering to wear. They have utility pockets in front, which isn’t always the best option for those with hips, but they’re sleek and just-wide-enough. Even better, they’re the perfect length and they were $44 (I got them on sale for just $26!). The “your true fit calculater” said I should go with my regular size 8R, but I went with Petite and sized up one to 10P because I didn’t want them to be too clingy. Perfect! The denim stretches a little, but not too much, and although they’re “high rise,” they hit me slightly below the belly button. I’ll wear these year-round: with sandals now, and with higher ankle boots in fall and winter. These sold out like lightning, but here’s where I got them in case they come back in stock.

10 Great Options

Click >> below to check out some great pairs of wide leg cropped jeans that would work for shorter, curvier shapes.

All of the styles I picked above are clean-cut, streamlined, and don’t have a lot of crazy width or detailing at the waist or hips. Any of these styles would look great on someone who’s not model-thin and tall. You know, the rest of us.

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Flattering wide leg crops

How About You?

Are you in the market for wide leg cropped jeans or pants? The same principles I laid out above would also apply to wide leg cropped pants. Really, the same principles except for the length one apply to full-length pants as well. The length of full-length wide leg pants depends on the style of shoe you’re going to wear with them. You don’t want your hems dragging on the ground, but you also don’t want them hitting between your ankle and the top of your foot. If you’ve found brands or styles of wide leg jeans or pants that look good on shorter, wider people, please let me know!

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Back To School Teacher Wardrobe Picks from Walmart

Affordable teacher outfit wardrobe pics from Walmart for back to school

Need Affordable Back-to-School Outfit Ideas?

Yeah, you know you do. Going back to school is something teachers look forward to, but dread at the same time. You know how fun workout clothes can help motivate you to, well, put them on and work out? Well picking up a few stylish, but inexpensive pieces for your teacher wardrobe can help you gear up for school both mentally and physically. It always works for me, anyway. 🙂 If you haven’t been to Walmart lately, it’s time to head back. Between their amazing Time and Tru line of trendy, affordable clothes, and their new FREE next day delivery without a subscription fee (lookin’ at you, Prime…), Walmart has really stepped up its fashion game. Today I’m sharing some great pieces from Walmart that would be perfect for mixing and matching into teacher outfits this fall. Oh, and did I mention most things here are under $15?

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15 Teacher-Budget Friendly Picks

Here are my back-to-school favorites from Walmart! I actually ordered several of these in the course of making this blog post. Everything you see here can be mixed and matched with the other items and probably with lots of basics you already own. Even better, all of these (except maybe for #9, the leopard slides, if it’s 50 below and snowy on the way to school) can be worn with or as a layer all year round. And okay, I know #7, the wide brim hat, is not really something I’d wear IN the classroom, but I’d definitely rock it on the way to and from, on weekends, and at school festivals and sports events. Each of these items is linked below in the numbered list. But if I were you, I’d shop them quickly because the cutest, most affordable Walmart items (like these!) often sell out quickly.

Walmart Teacher Outfit Idea Picks

Shop My Picks Below:

1. 3/4 Sleeve Swing Dress

Walmart Knit Swing Dress

2. Everyday Crew Neck Cardigan

Walmart Everyday Crew Neck Cardigan in Oatmeal

3 & 5. Open Front Cardigan

Walmart Open Front Cardigan

4. Star Printed Sweater

Walmart Star Print Sweater

6. Short Sleeve V-Neck Tee 2-pack (under $10!)

Walmart 2-pack V-neck tees

7. Wide Brim Fedora Hat

Walmart wide brim fedora hat

8. Pleated Midi Skirt

Walmart pleated midi skirt

9. Leopard Print Vegan Slides

Walmart printed vegan slides in leopard print

10. Scrunch-Back Canvas Sneaker

Walmart leopard print canvas sneakers

11. Cargo Pant Joggers

Walmart drawstring cargo pant joggers

12. Soft Stretch Washed Denim Jacket

Walmart soft stretch washed denim jacket

13. Core Skinny Jean (other washes available)

Walmart core skinny jeans

14. Button Front Plaid Top

Walmart button front plaid top

15. Knit Wide Leg Cropped Jumpsuit

Walmart cropped knit jumpsuit

All of these items are in stock, in multiple sizes and colors, as of my writing this post. As I said before, though, Walmart’s stylish seasonal pieces often sell out quickly, both in stores and online. Fingers crossed they’re all still in stock when you read this post. So make haste and get thee to Walmart, friends!

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Everyday Teacher Style Teacher Outfit Picks from Walmart