Good alteration or leave them be?

I have the Eileen Fisher faux wrap pants (pic #1) and love the soft
jersey fabric and the fun wrap front. But I don't wear them very often
and part of my hesitation comes from the length for some reason. It's almost like I don't consider them "cool" (for lack of a better word).

In looking in Angie's Finds today I see these fabulous Topshop wrap front jogger pants and am wondering about altering the EF pants in the leg - I could either add a wide elastic band like the Topshop pants (or are they then too similar to my J Brand Aviator trousers? - pic #2) or I could crop them and have the ankle tapered and make them ankle length to show off booties/shoes or even knickerbocker length?

Or should I just leave them the heck alone???

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  • CocoLion replied 4 years ago

    Yes I'm for shortening them.  I looked long and hard for some track pants that weren't too long.  When they puddle too much at the ankle it's not the effect I'm going for.  

  • Transcona Shannon replied 4 years ago

    YES!!! That's it exactly Denise! They puddle at the ankle and end up making me feel sloppy rather than sleek.They aren't too long it's just the shape of the leg combined with the drapey fabric I think. I also find the fabric a bit lightweight for cold weather but if I wear tights or knee highs, the pant legs cling so I'm better to turn them into something I can wear without additional leg layers. "Track pants" is precisely what I want to turn these into for Spring/Summer. Thank you for articulating it for me :)

  • Greyscale replied 4 years ago

    I was just considering the same thing about some wool suiting track pants. I think cropping and tapering yours could be great. 

  • Keturah replied 4 years ago

    I would slightly crop and taper them for sure!! I have one pair of joggers that are almost an inch above my ankle bone -- that's too short for me. But otherwise, I prefer them ankle-length and cropped. most chic!! I can't wait to see your altered pair :D

  • Sal replied 4 years ago

    I think an alteration is a fab idea. I like these sort of trousers showing a wee bit of ankle, or showing off boots.

  • Sara L. replied 4 years ago

    I think you should crop them since you aren't wearing them at their current length.  You could pin them or fashion tape the hems up and see if you like them better that way before actually having them altered.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 4 years ago

    Your are all making a very strong case for shorten/taper :)

    Although not the same pants, below are some pics with the type of leg length and fit I'm after. Any thoughts? I especially like the fit of the ankle/leg of pic #2.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 4 years ago

    Brilliant idea Sara! Before doing anything permanent, best to see it looks. And I might want to post the pinned version here for advice on length. Thank you.

  • KikiG replied 4 years ago

    These actually sound fab for summer, because they would skim without clinging.  Don't you have sandals with an ankle strap?

  • replied 4 years ago

    Absolutely! Have them tapered and shortened and pin and try before like Sara said. They will be great for spring/summer you can show off shoes in them too. Go for it!

  • replied 4 years ago

    This is kind of similar to Sveta's dilemma?
    I think for some people, too much slouch can veer towards a droopy look and mood. I was just thinking about this issue because I'm choosing a size in a Barbour jacket. Size 8 is slightly oversize, which I want, and size 10 is just too much.No matter how stylish it may look posing in front of the mirror, I feel kind of depressed inside my clothes when they're too loose.

    The shorter length gives the slouch some definition.

    I'd get them altered, the quality of the construction is too nice not to get more wear.

  • Sveta replied 4 years ago

    Yes, shorten and taper to what you have in mind. In shorter length without puddling at the ankle they will work great with your new peep-toe booties!

  • Firecracker replied 4 years ago

    Watching with interest, because pant lengths (along with skirts in general) are the bane of my existence.

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