Stitch Fix Stylists and clients alike are loving the return of wide-leg cropped denim styles this season. They are prim, practical and exude power and femininity. Inspired by the garb of the South American gauchos of 18th-19th century, the modern pant style of the same name is very similar to what we now know as “culottes.”
Although culottes were originally created to look more like a skirt, the two terms are often used interchangeably to describe wide-leg cropped pants these days.
Finding a pair that won’t overwhelm your petite frame may take some patience, but is definitely possible. Opt for cropped wide-leg jeans that have a less dramatic flare to avoid being swallowed up by the denim. Pair them with heels to add height—and if heels won’t work for you, a pointed toe flat will have a similar elongating effect. Also, keep in mind that light wash denim will help give the illusion of a longer frame in comparison to dark wash denim.
Still unsure if you can rock these pants? Spoiler alert—you can. Take your style quiz and let your stylist send you fun new pant silhouettes to try from the comfort of your home. Keep what you love and send back the rest (but don’t be surprised if you love everything!) Shipping and returns are always free.