The culotte, the gaucho, the cropped wide leg—whatever you want to call fashion’s trouser du jour, it’s here to stay. For skinny-jean devotees, styling the roomier silhouette can seem tricky at first, but don’t fret—paired with an ankle boot with a comfy, walkable heel, they’re the ideal thing for spring.
Much like the midi skirt (one of our other seasonal staples), cropped pants give you the chance to show a little leg without baring it all to the elements, and the extra height added by even a modest heel makes them flattering on the leg, too. Depending on the length of the inseam, the shaft of the boot, and your height.
Once you have the shoe game on lock, the rest of the elements are really up to you: The style looks particularly sharp with a fitted jacket that hits right at the waistband, but longer trenches or heavier coats are also excellent choices. Your instinct might be to go bodysuit-tight on top to balance out the wide leg, and while that’s one way to go, as some of the following outfits prove, it’s not your only option.
Ahead, you’ll find 15 ways to style cropped pants and ankle boots this spring.