Dare to Compare: Vionnet and J.Crew Cropped Pants
Made famous first by classic beauties Audrey Hepburn and Jackie O., this Fall 2010 season cropped wool pants are again attracting all kinds of attention and strutting straight back into style. Sure we haven’t always looked at cropped pants as a chic clothing choice, but like their juxtaposed cousin the wide-leg pant, everything old is new again. Take the trend and pair these pants with a silk camisole and boyish blazer for office-friendly attire, or style the suiting pant with ankle socks and heels (ala J.Crew); no matter how you wear them, the results will be remarkable and spot-on for Fall 2010.
Though often perceived as a pant style that will hinder height or disrupt lines and make your legs look short, take it from me that cropped pants can work to enhance your height and figure. The key is wearing the pants with a fantastic pair of heels or boots. This will add height and ensure your line of sight goes straight down to the ground rather than stopping short at your ankles.
Check these Vionnet cropped wool-blend pants. Positively preppy, the dark grey wool (designer colour: Smog) makes the menswear look ladylike. The side pockets are hidden, and the welt pockets at the back work to flatter your tush. These pants have a zip fly and hook-eye closure. The pleats at front run down the leg, and the back of Vionnet’s cropped wool pants feature a vent on the hem. They’ve got belt loops, so you can switch things up when you feel like further accessorizing. They’re lined in silk, meaning these Vionnet pants are as comfortable as they are über-chic.
Not prepared to spend almost 900 dollars on designer pants? Fear not, frugal friends! I’m loving the J.Crew Fabien pant. Like the Vionnet variety, J.Crew’s cropped pants are made from comfy wool flannel. (The flannel negates the itchy effect wool can have, hence why J.Crew’s version is unlined). These pants feature side pockets and one back welt pocket. These pants have a cinched paper-bag style waist, which is elastic. The grosgrain tie is removable, so you can alternate with your own leather belt or another fabric tie. There are subtle pleats on the front of J.Crew’s Fabien pant.
So which do prefer? Sure Vionnet’s wool cropped pants are backed by the famous French brand, but J.Crew is providing a similar style for substantially less.
Vionnet cropped wool-blend pants, $89, Net-A-Porter
Wool flannel Fabien pant, $128, J.Crew