When kick crop flares became popular last year, I was very wary of the trend. The combo of a flood length + wide flare opening sounded like a recipe for disaster on short legs. However, as the silhouette of kick crops evolved into more subtle versions like this one, I have to admit I've warmed up quite a bit to the look! When done right, it can be an elegant and chic alternative to the slim ankle pants I usually gravitate towards.
If you're petite in stature, I would avoid more exaggerated cropped flares (ahem) and stick with gentle curving ones. This pair is in a fluid, medium-weight stretch fabric. It's unlined, but the white pair is less sheer than other ones I've tried (always wear skin-toned undies!). Note the waist runs big and would need to be taken in on someone similarly-sized.
When I ordered these suede pumps, I expected them to be a good basic, but was surprised just how much they go with. The "caramel tan" suede is a medium brown color, and the shape is classic (updated with an inner d'orsay cut) and so flattering on the legs. The 3.25" heel is lower than most of my pumps, and is a manageable height for those who don't want a high shoe. They are on a temporary markdown today for half off - such a good deal for a classic suede pump! Fit wise, Ann Taylor shoes in my experience tend to run true to size to just a tad bigger than other brands. I'm usually between 5 and 5.5 in most brands, and am consistently a 5 in AT shoes.
If you're trying to meet the free ship minimum, here's two other pieces that I'd recommend! They are currently on sale for 40% off w/ code SWEATERS, which ends 2/27.
- Striped bell sleeve sweater - this is a piece I received c/o and absolutely adore. Sleeve details as a trend is going strong into this year, but the bell shape on this top are subtle enough that it will last beyond the trend. I shrunk it a touch in the dryer so that the sleeves are now fitted on me. I'll be showing it soon in an outfit post!
- Ruffle sleeve mock neck sweater - a brand new arrival which I ordered immediately, and was not disappointed. It's a top version of one of my most favorite dresses (from this post), and looks elegant tucked into skirts or worn over pants. It's not really a sweater - more like a knit stretchy top. You can see a snap of it on my Instagram.
These photos were taken at the gorgeous Charleston city hall building. We're so excited to be back in this charming city for a few days!