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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!

 


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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

 

 

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Lululemon 7/8 High Rise Pants in True Navy

 

Lululemon Stretch High Rise 7/8 Cropped Pants

 

A reader tells us that she highly recommends investing in a pair of Lululemon Stretch High Rise 7/8. “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.

 

You’ll want to look your best when you travel! Read my travel tips to Pack Light Stylishly!

 

 

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J.Crew Laude Crop Pants in Ivory White

 

J. Crew Cropped Pants Womens Style

 

TFG readers have found your next favorite day in, day out white cropped pants in the J.Crew Laure. A cool, casual feel, courtesy of our organic cotton slub textile in the classic Black and Ivory. The fully elastic waistband offers comfort for all-day wear. Comes in petite, tall, plus sizes! 

 

Read this style guide before buying your next pair of travel pants!

 

 

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Athleta Trekkie Straight Crop in Minimalistic Grey

 

Athleta Cropped Treck Pants

 

Readers say Athleta are both an elegant and practical option if you’re not a Costco member and 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 grey color choices. And at less than $100, the price is right for an everyday cute cropped pants outfit. Available in sizes regular, petite and tall!

 

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J.Jill Wearever Double-Face Jersey Crop Pants in Artful Navy Blue

 

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.

 

These are the best travel pants for you!

 

 

Eileen Fisher Stretch Crepe Ankle Pants in Graphite

 

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.

 

Keep warm during winter travel with the best cold weather pants!

 

 

Lululemon City Sleek 5 Pocket Crop in Ancient Copper

 

Lululemon Cropped Wide Leg Pant

 

Lululemon is a brand that’s synonymous with comfort and readers love the City Sleek. 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 four stylish colors, and you can wear these womens cropped pants with boots for a cute nighttime style!

 

Find out here why men love convertible travel pants and women don’t!

 

 

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Gloria Vanderbilt Amanda Crop Length Jean in Vintage White

 

Gloria Vanderbilt Wide Leg Crop Length Jean

 

Readers love these cropped wide leg jeans by Gloria Vanderbilt, with one saying they’re “so comfortable and so flattering and versatile”. 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.

 

These are the best leggings for women that travel!

 

 

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Wit & Wisdom Stretch Cotton Pants in Moonrock

 

Wit & Wisdom Cropped Cotton Pants

 

These adorable wide hem cropped pants are made from Wit & Wisdom breathable and soft, cut from comfort-forward stretch cotton 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 Departure 2.0 Crop Pants in Mineral Green

 

Eddie Bauer Cropped Moisture Wicking Pants Womens

 

Readers can’t imagine their summer travels without Eddie Bauer! Made from nylon and spandex, these Departure ankle pants 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 five timeless colors, you can also wear these womens cropped pants with booties when not on the hiking trail!

 

Check out this post for a roundup of alternatives to traditional travel pants!

 

 

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Wit & Wisdom Ab Solution HIgh Waist Skinny Ankle Pants in Shadow

 

Wit & Wisdom Skinny Cropped Pants

 

These affordable Ab Solution from Wit & Wisdom cropped trousers womens style are equally as welcome in the boardroom as they are for casual everyday wear. Made from cotton and polyester with an Ab’solution technology to shape, 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 petite sizes.

 

Find out why our readers rate these as the best pants for travel!

 

 

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AG Cayden Cropped Twill Trousers in Sulfur Coastal Vine

 

AG High Waisted Cropped Trousers

 

Readers call the stylish AG perfect for work or play. They fit true to size and their fabric is made from soft Italian stretch twill 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 three flattering shades, they certainly tick the box for anyone’s travel plans!

 

Take a look at our convertible travel pants for women!

 

 

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LL Bean Perfect Fit Skinny Pants in Vintage Indigo

 

LL Bean Slim Cropped Pants

 

Readers call the LL Bean Perfect Fit skinny ankle pants 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. LL Bean is almost all I wear anymore. Everything is so much more comfortable, it is life-changing.” Grab them in a choice of seven flattering colors and leg lengths for plus, regular, and petite.

 

Find out the best skinny jeans in this post!

 

 

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Athleta Avenue Quick Drying Crop Pants in Captivate Chrome Blue

 

Athleta Gap Plus Size Cropped Pants

 

Our readers know what makes the Athleta Avenue so popular—its smooth but recycled polyester fabric is a comfy must for every situation. Dries in a flash for ultimate comfort when breaking a sweat and with extra protection of UPF50+.

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 and this print, they are a wardrobe staple!

 

Take a look at this post to find out why Athleta pants are awesome!

 

 

Best Cropped Pants Comparison Chart

 

BRAND | MODEL FEATURES | REVIEWS RATING | PRICE
Lululemon 7/8 High Rise Pants in True Navy “I’ve been living in mine since I got them and have already worn them on two trips.” Check Price
J.Crew Laude Crop Pants in Ivory White TFG readers have found your next favorite day in, day out white cropped pants in the J.Crew Laure. A cool, casual feel, courtesy of our organic cotton slub textile in the classic Black and Ivory. The fully elastic waistband offers comfort for all-day wear. Check Price
Athleta Trekkie Straight Crop in Minimalistic Grey Readers say Athleta are both an elegant and practical option if you’re not a Costco member and 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. Check Price
J.Jill Wearever Double-Face Jersey Crop Pants in Artful Navy Blue 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. Check Price
Eileen Fisher Stretch Crepe Ankle Pants in Graphite 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. Check Price
Lululemon City Sleek 5 Pocket Crop in Ancient Copper Lululemon is a brand that’s synonymous with comfort and readers love the City Sleek. 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
Gloria Vanderbilt Amanda Crop Length Jean in Vintage White Readers love these cropped wide leg jeans by Gloria Vanderbilt, with one saying they’re “so comfortable and so flattering and versatile". Check Price
Wit & Wisdom Stretch Cotton Pants in Moonrock These adorable wide hem cropped pants are made from Wit & Wisdom breathable and soft, cut from comfort-forward stretch cotton fabric which makes them perfect for everyday wear on your next adventure. Check Price
Eddie Bauer Departure 2.0 Crop Pants in Mineral Green Readers can’t imagine their summer travels without Eddie Bauer! Made from nylon and spandex, these Departure ankle pants shed moisture through their water resistant finish and have UPF 50 protection to keep your legs shielded from the sun’s harshest rays. Check Price
Wit & Wisdom Ab Solution HIgh Waist Skinny Ankle Pants in Shadow These affordable Ab Solution from Wit & Wisdom cropped trousers womens style are equally as welcome in the boardroom as they are for casual everyday wear. Made from cotton and polyester with an Ab'solution technology to shape, you'll have plenty of room to move wherever you go. Check Price
AG Cayden Cropped Twill Trousers in Sulfur Coastal Vine Readers call the stylish AG perfect for work or play. They fit true to size and their fabric is made from soft Italian stretch twill so they feel lightweight in warmer temps. Check Price
LL Bean Perfect Fit Skinny Pants in Vintage Indigo Readers call the LL Bean Perfect Fit skinny ankle pants 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.  Check Price
Athleta Avenue Quick Drying Crop Pants in Captivate Chrome Blue Our readers know what makes the Athleta Avenue so popular—its smooth but recycled polyester fabric is a comfy must for every situation. Dries in a flash for ultimate comfort when breaking a sweat and with extra protection of UPF50+. 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.

 

 

Compass Rose Packing Cubes

 

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.

 

Learn about our hacks with packing cubes in this video!

 

We also put together a five-part YouTube series showing the different methods to use packing cubes for travel. If you use this specific packing strategy, packing cubes can also compress your belongings. This is the secret to traveling carry-on only!

 

 


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