Capris & Bermuda Shorts & Alternatives, Please

Q. Jordan,

I have heard some fashionistas saying capri pants are a definite no-no. So what are the other options for bottoms in the summer for someone who is a busy mom but still wants to look stylish? Bermuda shorts, pedal pushers? I [don’t want to] wear short-shorts…but I don’t want to look like a grandmother either.

– Hope

A. You know, I wouldn’t say that capri pants are “a definite no-no.” Mostly because I wouldn’t say that anything is a definite no-no…but it’s true: that length does have a tendency to sort of cut you off vertically, and just isn’t particularly flattering on many people, myself included.

Two alternatives to short-shorts: long (as in knee-length) shorts, and just-above-the-ankle cropped pants. First, let’s talk long shorts!

– Try pairing the shorts with a pretty, lightweight (and feminine) blouse to offset the sportiness.

– Along those same lines, add a pop-of-color clutch or some bold jewelry (in other words, accessories that say “I am not coming home from the beach”).

– Definitely go for heels; the cropped length can make you appear shorter if you don’t add a little faux height.

Next up, my very favorite cut for jeans this season…and a look that I think we’ll be seeing a ton of this spring. I love pants that hit just above the ankles (like the David Kahn jeans I wore yesterday): they expose just a hint of skin, and are a great way to show off your most fabulous pair of shoes.

Even better, you don’t need to run out and buy a pair: just grab a pair of skinny or boyfriend-cut jeans that you already own, and cuff them three times (like I did here).

Above, three more ways I’ve styled cropped jeans recently.

Hope that helps!

P.S. Your question totally got me excited for spring. I am so ready for sunshine.

  • Jordan, thank you so much for answering my question. I really love the suggestions and already feel more equipped for a fashionable spring and summer. 🙂