How to Wear Them:
- "Plain, plain, plain. No cargo pockets, no drawstrings, no stripes"—that's the way Rory likes her cropped pants. Gimmicky details can look fussy.
- Where they hit your leg is crucial. Midcalf is fine for taller women (who can afford a break in the vertical line); if you're under 5'4", go lower—you need every lengthening inch you can get.
- You'll look sleekest in crops with stretch in the fabric to hold you in; for firmer control, try undercover support in the form of a thigh-long shapewear piece ("Spanx are a girl's best friend," Rory says).
- Think balance. Wear looser crops with a close-to-the-body shirt, fitted pairs with a blousy top (make sure it's not too long and full, or you'll risk looking squat).
- Separate pieces are more versatile than dresses," Rory says. "Crops are a refreshing alternative that can go straight from work to playing with my kids."
Finding the Right Shoes
- High Heels
A higher heel can work with crops if the straps match your skin tone, so leg, foot, and shoe create a single line. Avoid interruptive stuff like ankle straps.
Flat shoes are a good balance for fuller crops (low-profile sneakers also work). Footwear that shows more skin creates the flattering illusion of a longer leg.
- Kitten Heels
Don't do stilettos with shorter pants unless you're a fashion risk-taker. Kitten heels are a charming alternative; matching shoe color to skin tone elongates the leg.