Even though summer is officially three weeks away, we all know that Memorial Day is the unofficial start to the summer season. And, according to the old-school fashion rule, we can now wear white! I wear white year round, so it doesn’t make one bit of difference to me. How about you? Do you adhere to the no-white-before-Memorial-Day rule, or have you let this age-old fashion restriction go? Either way, we all have the green light now, so today I’m featuring these white, wide-leg, cropped pants for summer.

I purchased these chino pants from Anthropologie (one of my favorite stores) a few weeks ago and have already worn them numerous times. Today I’m showing them styled three different ways.  


Lisa from MidlifeinBloom.com shows ways to style cropped white pants for summer

Here, I styled them with a chambray peasant top and neutral-colored, woven accessories for a clean, classic look.

Lisa from MidlifeinBloom.com shows ways to style cropped white pants for summer

pants // chambray peasant top (similar here and here) // handbag // belt // necklace (currently $14.99) //
sandals (currently 40% off)

Details and Sizing

The high waist and wide leg evoke images of Katharine Hepburn’s classic style, and these two features also make the pants incredibly comfortable for all-day wear. They run large…I’m normally a size 4, but I’m wearing a size 2, and they fit perfectly. They come in regular, petite, and plus sizes.

The color is more ivory rather than pure white, and they come in three other colors: golden oak, cedar, and soft olive. The pintucked seam along the front and the wide bottom border are attractive details, and the cropped leg is ideal for summer bike riding. They are currently 40% off at $66.

Style tip: Tuck in Your top.

A billowy top over a roomy bottom can make you look heavier. Break it up by tucking or semi-tucking your top, tying it at the waist, and/or pushing up your sleeves for added style.


Lisa from MidlifeinBloom.com shows ways to style cropped white pants for summer

Here, I paired them with a menswear-inspired, striped top tied at the waist, nude heels, and minimal accessories.

Lisa from MidlifeinBloom.com shows ways to style cropped white pants for summer

pants // top (similar here and here) // sunglasses // chain wallet (currently $32) //
necklace // earrings // shoes

I have to give full disclosure on the heels. They belong to my friend Patricia of The Patrish Pages who has what she calls “the trifecta of Louboutin pumps” with the red bottoms in black, red, and nude. I couldn’t pass up her offer to borrow them. Anyone else still like to play dress up besides me?

Even though her shoes were fun to try, I usually wear my cropped white pants with white sneakers, nude espadrille sandals, or platform sandals. I think a block heel like these (in cream multi suede) or these would look great, too.

Lisa from MidlifeinBloom.com shows ways to style cropped white pants for summer

top – similar here and here // shoes // bag – similar here and here)

Here, I styled this summer’s white pants with a black tie-neck tank, black heels, and a pop of orange for a chic evening look.

Style tip: Wear heels.

Flats can look great with casual wide leg pants, but a bit of height does wonders to elevate this look and make you appear taller and slimmer. Think pumps, wedges, espadrilles, or platform sandals. For a more chic look, a nude-colored heel will elongate your leg. Shoes in a contrasting color may make your legs appear shorter, especially if you’re not tall.

I’ve put aside my white skinny jeans, at least for now, and am wearing these wide-leg, cropped white pants this summer. What are your thoughts? Are you stuck on skinnies, or would you wear these?


Other tops I’d wear with these pants


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xx, Lisa

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