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When it comes to a smart, sophisticated look for travel, work and play, women’s cropped pants are a favorite for those who are always on the go! Dress them up or wear them casually— our intrepid and always stylish TFG readers share their recommendations for the best capris, flares, and wide leg cropped trousers below!
Best Cropped Pants
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When traveling, everyone wants to put in the least amount of time to look the best they can for the long haul, as there are so many sights to see! Skinny or wide leg cropped pants can add an effortless, refreshing vibe to any outfit no matter where you are, from the bustling city to the bucolic countryside.
When it comes to choosing what to bring for your trip to look your best, it can be very time-consuming. Let TFG readers help! Here, they rate their favorite pieces on versatility, comfort, and all-around style.
Best Women’s Cropped Trousers
Lululemon On the Fly Wide Cropped Pants
A reader tells us that she highly recommends investing in a pair of Lululemon On The Flys. “I’ve been living in mine since I got them and have already worn them on two trips.” They are elegant, yet deceivingly low-maintenance, and she says, “they literally feel like I’m not wearing pants. They are so easy to wear.” Grab them in one of three color options as a perfect addition to your capsule travel wardrobe.
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J. Crew Cropped Pants Womens Style
TFG readers have found your next favorite day in, day out black cropped pants in the J.Crew Cameron. With its famous four-season stretch, it features a flattering back seam that supports and holds you in while without restriction. Comes in petite, tall, plus sizes and a range of color options too!
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32 Degrees Cropped Track Pants
Readers say 32 Degrees are both an elegant and practical option if you’re not a Costco member and Athleta or Lululemon are out of your budget. They especially love the zippered pockets which are perfect for cash, credit cards, or a hotel key while on the go. They have classic black and modern navy color choices. And at less than $40, the price is right for an everyday cute cropped pants outfit.
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J.Jill Ladies Cropped Trousers
Pretty florals make great fashion, according to readers who love this look by J.Jill Wearever. With an elasticized waistband, relaxed fit, and angled front pockets, you’ll look as fresh as a daisy. Made with European yarns of rayon and spandex, these pants come in petite and plus size options to flatter all figures.
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Eileen Fisher Cropped Pants
Eileen Fisher makes sitting in an airplane on a transatlantic flight as relaxing as sitting in your backyard on a summer day. These can even double as cropped yoga pants when you need to really stretch, as they are comfy like leggings, but not restrictive. Made from breathable fabric, they come in multiple colors and petite sizes for style variety on the go.
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Lululemon Cropped Harem Pant
Lululemon is a brand that’s synonymous with comfort and readers love the Noir. Readers say they are perfect for wrinkle-free travel due to their patented Travel-Woven fabric, which is machine washable and quick drying. Order in any of the three stylish colors, and you can wear these womens cropped pants with boots for a cute nighttime style!
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Gibson X White Wide Leg Cropped Pants
Readers love these cropped wide leg pants by Gibson X, with one saying they’re “so comfortable” for warm weather travel. From a casual stroll around a farmer’s market to an intimate cocktail conversation at dusk; you’ll look smart and stylish in this luxe look that hits all the marks.
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Chico’s Zenergy Cropped Flare Pants
These adorable white cropped pants are made from Chico’s breathable and soft, four-way stretch Neema fabric which makes them perfect for everyday wear on your next adventure. Designed with a relaxed fit, they go with everything, from a pair of comfy sneakers and a tee to heels and a sleeveless top. One reader says they’re lightweight, wrinkle-free, and easy to wash too!
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Eddie Bauer Cropped Cargo Pants Womens
Readers can’t imagine their summer travels without Eddie Bauer! Made from nylon and spandex, these Rainier capris shed moisture through their water resistant finish and have UPF 50 protection to keep your legs shielded from the sun’s harshest rays. Available in four timeless colors, you can also wear these womens cropped pants with booties when not on the hiking trail!
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Kirkland Skinny Cropped Pants
These affordable Kirkland cropped trousers womens style are equally as welcome in the boardroom as they are for casual everyday wear. Made from nylon and elastane with an elastic waistband, you’ll have plenty of room to move wherever you go.
Readers love these and have recommended them to others who have become fast fans, with one saying, “I have three pairs!” They come in eight, easy-to-style colors and also in plus sizes.
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Athleta Brooklyn High Waisted Cropped Trousers
Readers call the stylish Athleta Brooklyn perfect for work or play. They fit true to size and their fabric is made from recycled polyester so they feel lightweight in warmer temps. One tells us that she can’t stop wearing them. “In summer, I pick them over everything else. They are extremely comfortable.” Available in five flattering shades and lengths; tall, regular, and petite, they certainly tick the box for anyone’s travel plans!
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Athleta Gap Slim Cropped Pants
Readers call the Athleta Wander Stash flattering, as it’s made of a thicker material which flatters the shape and sits right at the ankle, even for shorter inseams. They look good enough to wear to work and are stretchy enough for biking and walking.
One reader says, “I put them on and ordered another color a couple of days later. Athleta is almost all I wear anymore. Everything is so much more comfortable, it is life-changing.” Grab them in a choice of four flattering colors and leg lengths for tall, regular, and petite.
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Athleta Gap Cropped Pants
Our readers know what makes the Athleta Stellar so popular—its smooth but structured Euroluxe fabric is a comfy must for every situation. One traveler says they fit true to size. “They’re not too snug, comfortable high waist, and hit my ankle in the perfect slightly cropped length.” Another agrees saying, “They went to Italy with me and traveled really well!” Available in regular, tall, and petite sizes, and two classic color shades, they are a wardrobe staple!
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Best Cropped Pants Comparison Chart
|BRAND | MODEL||FEATURES | REVIEWS||RATING | PRICE|
|Lululemon On the Fly Black Pants||“I’ve been living in mine since I got them and have already worn them on two trips.”||Check Price|
|J.Crew Cameron Slip Crop Pants in Bright Rose||It features a flattering back seam that supports and holds you in while without restriction.||Check Price|
|32 Degrees Stretch Woven Pants in Black||They especially love the zippered pockets which are perfect for cash, credit cards, or a hotel key while on the go.||Check Price|
|J.Jill Wearever Registered in Black Woodcut Tulips||Made with European yarns of rayon and spandex.||Check Price|
|Eileen Fisher Stretch Crepe Ankle Pants in Zinc||Made from breathable fabric, they come in multiple colors and petite sizes for style variety on the go.||Check Price|
|Lululemon Noir Crop in Black||Readers say they are perfect for wrinkle-free travel due to their patented Travel-Woven fabric, which is machine washable and quick drying.||Check Price|
|Gibson X Living In Yellow White||You’ll look smart and stylish in this luxe look that hits all the marks.||Check Price|
|Chico’s Zenergy Neena in Alabaster||They’re lightweight, wrinkle free and easy to wash too!||Check Price|
|Eddie Bauer Rainier Capri in Indigo||Made from nylon and spandex, these Rainier capris shed moisture through their water resistant finish and have UPF 50 protection.||Check Price|
|Kirkland Grey Ankle Travel Pants||“I have three pairs!”||Check Price|
|Athleta Brooklyn in Brownstone Beige Ankle Pant||“In summer, I pick them over everything else. They are extremely comfortable.”||Check Price|
|Athleta Wander Stash Skinny Pants in Black||“I put them on and ordered another color a couple days later. Athleta is almost all I wear anymore. Everything is so much more comfortable, it is life-changing.”||Check Price|
|Athleta Stellar Crop Trouser in Navy||“They’re not too snug, comfortable high waist, and hit my ankle in the perfect slightly cropped length.”||Check Price|
How to Wear Cropped Pants
Cropped pants can be intimidating if you are unsure of how to dress and accessorize them, but they needn’t be alarming! You can dress them up or down for formal and casual occasions because they’re really versatile and look great with heels, boots, or flats. Try them out with your existing wardrobe collection. Team them with a slouchy tee for a daytime look, or with heels and a fancy top for a night on the town outfit.
Capris vs Crop Trousers vs Ankle Trousers
Cropped and ankle pants are the same, but Capris ARE NOT. The difference between the two is the length. Capris end at mid-calf, whereas crops end around the ankle — hence, the name.
Should I Wear Capris or Ankle Pants?
From a style perspective, capris (specifically those ending mid calf not the ones that stop right below the knee) tend to be unflattering because the hem ends at mid-calf, which is the widest part of the calf. This distortion makes the entire leg look wider than it is, resulting in a tendency to make an outfit look frumpy.
If you prefer to wear a shorter pant instead of one that’s ankle length, we recommend choosing a well-tailored capri that falls directly below the knee for the best look.
How to Pack Your Pants
Many of our readers use packing cubes to roll up and organize their pants. Compass Rose packing cubes allow you to do so by number and color so you know where you packed everything, even when you use the cubes to separate outfits. Learn more in the video below.
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What’re your cropped pants favorites based on our readers’ reviews? Share with us below!
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