I’m a late adopter. I got a cell phone years after my peers. I still listen to CDs. I only just came over to the wonderful world of BB/CC crème.
And such was my journey to the ankle pant. Quite frankly, at 5’10, I’ve spent most of my life trying to find pants long enough to cover my ankles. Why on earth would I buy pants intentionally too short?
As I was shopping one day, I pulled a pair of pants that looked promising. I tried them on and they fit perfectly. Except for one thing. They were ankle pants and hit just above my ankle. Hmmmmm. I slipped on my blazer and heels and thought, this looks cute. Since they were on sale, I threw caution to the wind and purchased my first pair. I now own two pair.
There are a few tips and limitations for the ankle pant. You can wear them just as you would any pant to work but you have to be more thoughtful about footwear. Additionally, if you have thick ankles, it is probably best to still avoid them as they draw undue attention to a region you’re probably trying to camouflage. I personally prefer them with a high thin heel, or for a more casual look a flat, but if you wear short boxier heels then I would also avoid the ankle pant.
Note, this is not an endorsement of the capri. The capri has left the building in terms of fashion, so watch where the pant hits you. The length needs to look intentional and not like a long capri or, if you’re tall, not like you just couldn’t find pants that fit. So while more fraught with complications than your average trouser, it’s worth exploring.
My favorite look this month was a black ankle pant, this gorgeous taupe “Tumbleweed” silk shell that is marked WAY down at Talbot’s today, a cut-away black blazer from a department store, and sky high taupe heels I picked up at Bloomingdale’s a couple of years back on a trip to Manhattan. Here were my girlfriends and I at a rare dinner out this week where I’m sporting the look (and yes I look like a possum at midnight in all of my photos – and no red eye remover doesn’t work on any website I’ve tried…)
The pants and blouse linked in the description above and pictured below are exactly those from my own personal “steal this look,” however the jacket and total splurge heels pictured below are what’s available on the market now at Macy’s and DSW, respectively, since my pieces are pretty old.