Spring into Cropped Pantsuits

{the best copped pantsuits for spring and when to wear them}

When I attended the Chicago Bar Association’s Lawyer Fashion Show last week (for those who live in the windy city, you must attend next year!), I was inspired by the cropped pantsuits showcased by various designers.  We love cropped pantsuits- they look different, yet are still entirely professional, and they accentuate out favorite clothing item- your shoes!  We like a cropped pant to sit just an inch above the ankle.  Capri pants, meaning those cut to mid-calf or higher, in our humble opinion, are never appropriate for the office.  

Right now The Limited is featuring several cropped pantsuits in a variety of colors.  We love their Sateen Pencil Pants, which come in black, white, tan and red (!).  And at only $59.00, they’re well worth a try.  6779378_001_3

If you’re willing to splurge, this Burberry London Jacket and ‘Taverham’ wool pantsuit is as sophisticated as its name sounds.  The light gray is perfect for spring, but this suit can stay in your rotation year-round.

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Or, mix it up with a colored or patterned jacket and these white Alexina pants from Club Monaco.  We love the back pocket detail, which makes them look extra trouser-y despite their cropped length.  Love.

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Finally, these Stretch Slim Ankle Pants from Ann Taylor are comfortable and flattering and come with coordinating suit jackets.

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A quick note on how/when to wear cropped pantsuits.  We recommend wearing them with a shell or button-up underneath, as you would with a normal suit.  While ankle-cut pants are perfectly professional, cropped pantsuits are still atypical and thus shouldn’t be worn to a formal court proceeding or a meeting with a conservative client.  For a deposition, routine meeting or after-work event, though, they’re perfect.

Do you own a cropped pantsuit?  Will you consider buying one now?  Tell us what you think!

Happy Spring,
Team HOM

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