Ankle: The New Hip Length

When I mention an ankle length pant to a tall woman, she usually responds with a pained look and a determined shake of the head indicated she’d rather die.  At only 5:2, I can only imagine what it would be like to fear short pants.  I’m on the other end

Ankle length pant from Lisette L. Pantalon.

Ankle length pant from Lisette L. Pantalon.

of the spectrum and at that wonderful height where petite is too short and average is too long.  That’s why I LOVE ankle pants. I can usually get an ankle pant to be just the right full length for me.  But, if I want to wear the hippest new length for the season, its off to the seamstress I go to get my pant hemmed to the perfect ankle pant length.  So you lucky tall ladies, this blog is here to encourage you to put aside your horrific memories of too short pants when you were a kid, and embrace a new trend this season.

So let’s talk about the right length.  The picture on the left shows the optimum length for an ankle pant.  You want that hemline to fall an inch above your ankle bone.  Any higher,and your pant becomes a cropped pant.  Any lower, and the look is all wrong. This style looks great with heels, as pictured or with shoe boots.  See my blog from last week for more information about these.  Notice that this style usually coincides with a slim legged 60’s inspired cigarette pant.  Wider legged ankle pants look better with tall boots, and are trickier to pull off.

Full length hemline

Full length hemline

Conversely, the picture on the right shows the optimal hemline for a full length pant.  Hopefully this will help you visualize the difference between the two hemlines. Notice that the full length pant falls about midway down the back of the shoe or at the bony part of your heel. This is the perfect length for a slim legged pant because the fabric won’t pool or “break” too much on the top of the foot, creating extra and unnecessary bulk.

I find that ankle pants work better on me if I wear some type of a heel, wedge or dressier shoe boot.  I think its important to keep your shoe sleek and not boxy. Too chunky of a shoe creates a “cankle” (when your calf goes right into your ankle) and ruins the style.  Taller ladies can get away with more shoe options like ballerina flats, for example.  They already have the leg length to make the look work perfectly for them.

Fall is the perfect time to wear this style as the temperature is dropping but there isn’t snow on the ground forcing us into boots and socks.  This style can be a great work look, as it is dressy and chic.

Don’t know where to buy an ankle pant?  Check out our Lisette L. ankle pant on our online store at Fashion Crossroads Inc. This is a great jet black, all stretch, pant that will fit slim through the legs just like the styles shown in this blog as well as tuck your tummy.  The fabric is dressy so it can take you from work to evening to travel.

3 Steps to Get Ready for Fall Clothing Buying

I know, I know…it's July.  You are just really gearing up for summer and some of you are just now getting serious about your summer wardrobe.  Meanwhile the clothing industry is moving on.  That's right, some of our fall is already arriving.  So here is some advise for the modern shopper caught off guard.

1.  Now is the time to get your summer on sale.  Don't wait any longer or you'll be picking through broken sizes and groupings.  Well, the truth is your are already going to be doing that, but if you wait any longer you just might find your size is already gone.  At our store 8, 10, and 12 seem to go the quickest and even though we often order double in these sizes, we are always out.  The BEST time to shop for summer merchandise is April.  Most of our inventory is in by the end of this month and this is when you'll find the best selection of sizes.

2.  Now is also the time to start shopping for fall and put in on LAYAWAY!  If you want to get the best selection of new fall merchandise, start shopping in earnest in August.  Most stores will already have some fall by the beginning of the month and most will have about 60% of their fall inventory by the end of the month.  At Fashion Crossroads and FC Outet we offer a great layaway program that is free and offers you an interest free way to get your fall wardrobe all set. 

3.  Now is the time to start going though your closet.  Perform the annual "Did I wear it last year?" check.  If you haven't worn it in a year, get rid of it.  Then, browse through some fashion magazines (or just stay tuned to this blog, our FB and twitter page and our website) for the latest information on the fall trends.  Choose a few trends you want to buy and make a list of what you need for your fall wardrobe.  Do you need to replace your black heels?  Are you jacket or turtle neck poor?  Do you love one of the hot new colors?  Be intentional about what you buy.  And ,don't forget to leave a little room in your budget for items that you didn't plan to find but love and can't live without!