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Spring Style: 8 Ideas for Styling Cropped Pants

Happy Friday! Despite however long the week may feel we know without a doubt Friday will always come back around. And with it, it appears, another style tutorial video! Y'all, I am genuinely blown away from the positive feedback I got after posting my '8 Ways to Wear a Leopard Skirt' video/blog. One thing about me: I like to keep a good thing goin'! Soooo this Friday I'm back with another "Eight Ways to Wear" post featuring cropped wide-leg pants.

*Since I don't have a YouTube channel yet, you need to CLICK HERE to watch the video on my IGTV channel! It's only 1 minute long, and I think you'll like it!*

I've already gone on record with how much I believe in the stylish power of pants. And I've also made my feelings known on how amazingly Madewell outfits today's stylish moms and the all-around Every Girl. Well things are about to get crazy and worlds are colliding because the centerpiece of today's post and style tutorial is the Madewell Emmett cropped pants! I'm wearing a pink pair so I pulled all the current colors that are similar to mine and can be styled the same way.

You feeling these as much as I am?? Click any pair to go straight to the product page!

Reasons I love these pants:

  • Flattering high-waist (disguises my mom tummy/beer bump)

  • Lengthens your legs

  • Size inclusivity: they come in petite/regular/tall inseams in sizes 23-37!

  • Made with a dash of spandex for a little stretch

  • Fun colors to break up the constant rotation of blue jeans and black leggings

  • Great winter-to-spring transitional piece: goes with everything from sweaters to tank tops, booties to sandals

And if you won't take my word for it all by its lonesome, did you see the love my fellow Asheville style bloggers shared for their Emmett pants on Insta? Courtney (@courtcdavis), Kirby (@kirby.wolf), and Stephanie (@30shadesofstephanie) all swear by them, too! The real reason that's so cool is that we all have different styles, body types, and shopping philosophies BUT we all agree the Madewell Emmett pants are where it's at! 'Nuff. Said.


I feel I've made my case for the pants. So let's dive into the eight outfits you can create around the Emmett pants with items you may already own or would make great pieces to add for spring and summer. Some of these pieces are new, some are old. I've linked similar items where the exact piece isn't available.

*Easy button: just click the item image to go to the product page!*


Style tip: Wearing color on color is fab way to style up pieces probably already hanging in your closet. Just be sure to match the undertones -- for example, these pieces have earthy undertones...the dusty rose...the muted olive. Finish with accessories in a warm honey brown/tan.

Trend alert: Utility pieces -- AKA casual separates with front-pockets on the breast -- are trending for spring! Think safari chic, in olive, khaki, and ivory tones. A classic button-up blouse is a great piece to buy to "try out the trend" and wear year-round.



Style tip: Layering light neutrals such as white, ivory, and beige together creates a luxe effect even when the pieces are more budget-buys than splurges. Layer a lace-trim camisole under your wrap sweater for a pretty neckline detail (and extra coverage insurance if the sweater gapes at the neck a bit). Finish with a springy white blazer and nude heeled sandals.

Shopping alert: These designer dupe studded sandals are just $43! I own them and they look just like the real deal.



Style tip: Mixing classically feminine and masculine styles creates a fun, fashion-forward look. In this case, take a feminine dark floral blouse and wear it with your black street sneakers. The contrast is very "street style" chic.

If that's not your style or in your comfort zone, a simple pair of sandals will work, too.



Style tip: Grab that standard striped button-up blouse and layer it under a denim jacket. Any number of shoes could work with this look but I like the sporty vibes of a crisp white sneaker.



Style tip: What fabric says 'spring' better than eyelet? I love how delicate white eyelet mixes with the sturdy, colorful pants. A more feminine riff on a classic everyday look.



Style tip: This look applies the "third piece" rule that says adding an extra third piece styles up your outfit to look more intentional and stylish. Here it's the utility vest -- there's that trend again! You can keep the rest of the look simple with a basic, fitted long-sleeve tee or knit. Mix in feminine elements with a stacked heel sandal and a fun wooden clutch.

Shopping alert: This designer dupe wooden arc bag is just $38! You can also get it in a tortoise shell acrylic for under $50.



Style tip: We're putting this #momiform basics to work here, y'all. A striped t-shirt is SO quintessentially spring, it's a must! Layer it under your comfiest neutral cardigan and finish with a stylish flat. I like mules, both flat and heeled, for spring. They're just as easy to slip on with better style cred.

Shopping alert: This stacked heel mules are a spring best-seller and come in 4 colors.



Style tip: You guessed it....another utility piece! This time I layered an olive cargo jacket over a simple camisole with leopard print sneakers for a casual look. You could definitely go with sandals (flat or heeled) with this look as well. A simple cross body bag in black or honey tan and you're done!


That's a wrap on this week's post! What do you think -- are you open to trying a pair of colorful, cropped wide-leg pants this spring? What about the utility trend? I'm sure you noticed how many times it popped up across several different looks.

If you've got an idea of an item or a theme you'd like me to style in an "Eight Ways To Wear" post and video, shoot me an email! You can also DM me on Instagram.

Happy Friday y'all!


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