Ankle boots are a year-round fashion-girl favorite and an undisputed staple in colder months, and while it’s easy to pair your go-tos with skinny jeans, there are plenty of other ways to work with them. Although skinny jeans will never go out of style, we’ve been seeing a different style taking over lately: cropped pants with booties.
For a look that makes a statement, we urge you to take inspiration from your favorite style stars and celebrities and consider pairing your ankle boots with cropped pants. Yes, the combo can be tricky, but as Kendall Jenner and plenty of other It girls demonstrate, the results are fresh and fashion-forward—and there’s no better way to show off your favorite boots. So whether you’re wearing some boot-cut jeans, wide-leg slacks with hemlines at the calf, or three-quarter patent leather leggings, consider finishing off your look with ankle boots. Below are some of our favorite ways to wear cropped pants with booties.
Style Tip: Bright white ankle boots make a statement with light-wash denim. You’re guaranteed to stand out in this look.
Topshop Raw Hem Crop Straight Leg Jeans ($75)
Blondo Elvina Waterproof Bootie ($150)
Style Tip: Choose a taller pair of booties that end right at the hemline for a more refined look. This way your outfit flows together.
Good American Good Waist High Waist Crop Skinny Jeans ($159)
Miista Marcelle Croc Embossed Bootie ($261)
Style Tip: Tights can provide a pop of color beneath cropped pants for a unique look while also adding some much-needed warmth in the winter months.
Free People Sunday Skies Crop Straight Leg Cotton Pants ($59)
Simon Miller Low Tracker Boots ($196)
Style Tip: Match your pants to your boots for an elongating effect. Using this trick helps you to style any boots with cropped jeans—not just your mid-length pairs.
Nili Lotan Cropped French Military Pants ($395)
Dr. Martens Averil 6 Eye Boots ($155)
Style Tip: The cropped silhouette helps to show off a statement pair of boots. Because why would you want to hide them?
Re/Done 70s Crop Boot Jeans ($175)
Vagabond Shoemakers Betsy Tall Chelsea Boot ($175)
Style Tip: Stick to a neutral color palette for a perfectly polished look. Make sure to mix neutrals to differentiate between the boots and the pants, making a subtle but obvious style choice.
Liverpool Charlie Crop Jeans ($98)
Rag & Bone Jet Chelsea Boots ($263)
Style Tip: Black-and-white pieces make for some beautiful contrast that shows off your daring proportions.
Goldsign The Culottes ($159)
Schutz Zara Lace-Up Boot ($235)
Style Tip: Pair a playful pair of patterned, cropped pants with some sleek, streamlined ankle boots for a standout look that is guaranteed to turn heads.
Leith Flare Crop Pants ($30)
Jimmy Choo Bryelle Stretch Suede Ankle Boot ($597)
Style Tip: With a looser cut, cropped pants look better when a little bit of the leg is exposed. Plus, it helps to make sure the boots stand out from the rest of your outfit.
Prosperity Denim Crop Straight Leg Jeans ($65)
Frye Billy Bootie ($137)
Style Tip: Your favorite pair of cut white jeans look even cooler with striking booties. The short hem calls attention to the boots so that they stand out.
Levi’s 724 High Rise Straight Crop Jeans ($98)
Dr. Martens 1460 8 Eye Boots ($150)
Style Tip: Or go the traditional route of timeless black ankle boots. Paired with any color denim, black ankle boots are the perfect finishing touch to any outfit.
Goldsign The Cropped A Jeans ($130)
Loeffler Randall Kassidy Kitten Heel Stretch Booties ($158)
Style Tip: Cropped pant hemlines allow contrasting fabrics to stand out. Style your patent leather boots with a pair of metallic trousers for an eye-catching mix.
Golden Goose Judy Pants ($198)
Loeffler Randall Lazaro Patent-Leather Ankle Boots ($395)
Style Tip: When in doubt, head-to-toe black makes your cropped pants with booties look instantly classic. Plus, it elongates your legs.
1822 Denim Contour Ankle Skinny Jeans ($50)
Karl Lagerfeld Paris Pola Studded Chelsea Bootie ($179)
This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.
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