Ask Angie: Pant Length Help Needed Pretty Please

I posted a thread last week about turning my EF faux wrap pants into cropped ankle length instead (sorry - on my phone and can't link to that thread).

I found the fabric of the EF pants a bit light in weight for our cold weather and layering tights underneath makes them cling like crazy.

I also found the full length to make me feel a bit frumpy in these because of the soft fabric and drape - a bit pajamas-esque, you know?

I think cropping them though and turning them into something akin to a silky track pant would work great for warmer weather and increase the likelihood of being worn. Plus adding that bit of ankle and lower calf skin adds structure.

So I have loosely pinned the hems to the length I'm thinking of but would value your opinion on this.

Is this a good length or should they be shorter or longer? Or will these pants not work at all with this alteration?

Thanks in advance :)

(And sorry for the not great pics - phone is all I have access to at the moment)

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  • Aida replied 4 years ago

    I like the slightly longer length myself, particularly because it'll still work with flats. Curious what Angie thinks.

  • Deborah replied 4 years ago

    I also want them to be a little longer:) 

  • cheryle (Dianthus) replied 4 years ago

    I'm with Aida and Deborah.  I think the flowy pant would be better longer.

  • replied 4 years ago

    Same.  I'd pin them up right at your ankle bone, or just above.  They'll also sit better without the actual cuff - which I realize is just for getting the length right.  

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    All I can see are your SHOES!! Are they comfy? I found them in a local store and am SO tempted. I'm actually tempted by the black if you can believe....I don't have any black summer shoes and could use something dark to anchor a few outfits. But worry the high vamp will be stumpifying with skirts. Then again, I probably would wear mostly with pants. 

    I am useless on lengths but I think with this type of footwear just above the ankle would work best. 

  • Transcona Shannon replied 4 years ago

    Thank you, thank you, thank you ladies :)

    So a wee bit longer, to just come to the ankle bone sounds like the leading length contender.

    Just busy the rest of tonight but will re-pin tomorrow.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 4 years ago

    Suz - I LOVE these shoes! Are they 10 hour walking shoes? Nope. But are they walking for a few blocks and then wearing all day around the office and out for lunch? Yep. I'm also thinking of duplicating and getting black as well. But I'll be honest - I'm not entirely sure they'd work on a low volume foot. The soft leather upper is generous enough on my high volume feet. Worth trying on if you can though.

  • Deborah replied 4 years ago

    Sounds good Shannon.  IMHO the trick is ensuring that they look intentional in their length. 

  • Angie replied 4 years ago

    I like the length in #2. You want them short enough to look cropped. INTENTIONAL. Super cute.  

    I will also like them right on your ankle bone - as Aida suggested. 

  • Transcona Shannon replied 4 years ago

    Angie - thanks so much for chiming in! I consider you the expert when it comes to pant lengths :)

    Just to clarify, the length is the same in all three pictures. leave this pinned length or go a bit longer to ankle bone? That is the question. I'm worried a bit longer will not look intentional enough and more like my pants are too short.

  • Angie replied 4 years ago

    (Queen Pedantic About Pant Lengths is honoured).

    They look shorter in #3 - because of the low vamped footwear. 

    Yeah. I don't like the dilly dally in-between lengths all that much either. Pin them longer and lets see that - to put your mind at rest more than anything else. 

  • Transcona Shannon replied 4 years ago

    Isn't it amazing how that vamp changes how long the pants look?

    Right - will pin them at ankle bone tomorrow and show again with the two sets of footwear. Stay tuned...

    Off to go play with Dusty Bottom - an evening tradition :)

  • Susie replied 4 years ago

    Shannon, thanks for this post! I have these same pants and just a few days ago thought about making them lounge wear as they were feeling a bit frumpy. So I tried them rolled a bit with a high vamp, open toe shoe and I liked them much better. I think they will make a great weekend comfy pant so thank you for giving some EF a new shot of life!

  • lyn67 replied 4 years ago

    I vote a bit longer than this, too-to the ankle bone. Will come back to check for new picties.

  • replied 4 years ago

    I think they need to be longer, but I may be biased because I don't like my pants that short. I'd go with whatever Angie tells you. Let's see a pic with them pinned longer.

  • merwoman replied 4 years ago

    Chiming in to report about the peep toes! I have low volume feet and narrow ankles. Normally I am a 37 (6.5)  - but this size was way too big around the ankle. I sized down to a 6 and it seems fine. I'm  'test driving' them at home (natural/tan colour) Love how they look with pants and a denim shirt dress. Thank you Shannon for spotting and posting about these.

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