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Wednesday 24 May 2023

Top of the Crops

Can women over 50 wear cropped trousers? Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton shows how they can be styled for all occasions, from work to casual.

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Dear friends. Summer heralds the cropped trousers/pants season, which I love! I snapped up a few new pairs as soon as they went on sale and now have orange and yellow in addition to the rest of my collection. 

What do I like about them?  They're very adaptable:  you could wear them in the office, they are longer than shorts, and they look polished and professional with a jacket.  They're available in a rainbow of colours, and they work on most shapes and sizes. 

I'd go so far as to say I have a "uniform" for summer consisting of crops with a moto jacket, contrasting top and statement necklace.

They suit nearly everyone, although I'll give some tips to the petite who should look for certain features. 

The pair at the top is one of my new buys:  they're coral jacquard from Robell, true to size. I wasn't sure if I would like the jacquard but the texture makes them a bit more dressy. They come in 14 colours. I'm wearing them with the new mandarin spot shirt from Kettlewell, over a cream camisole. Wedges, old, are from Vionic. 

Gail Hanlon from over-50s style blog Is This Mutton in  a tonal blue outfit featuring cropped trousers

My other go-to place for crops is Roman. Their crops wash beautifully and cost just £24. And they're in so many colours! The bengaline fabric is quite forgiving and skims rather than clings. I prefer them a little looser than skin tight. 

This pair is in royal blue. I wore this outfit to the 40th anniversary reunion of BBC Radio Devon at the weekend. The jacket in electric blue is old, the pima tee in angel blue is current, from Kettlewell, and the necklace is from Etsy. 

Lime green cropped trousers on holiday for Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton among the bougainvillea

I also have the Roman crops in lime green. This was taken on holiday last year in Skiathos, Greece. 

These are slightly shorter, but still cropped trousers rather than shorts, also from Roman. I prefer them with the wedges rather than the brogue shoes, which are a bit too solid for this style. Trainers or flatforms are also good for a casual vibe.  Wearing them with a lavender jacket (old) and necklace from Etsy. 

Do cropped trousers suit everyone?

They can work for everyone, including those with short legs relative to the rest of the body.  

If you have short legs you should avoid trousers that are wide legged, and those with pockets or anything that adds bulk

Instead choose crops that are high waisted and have a flat front.  Happily, the Roman crops fit the bill. You may need to take them up slightly to get the right balance of leg and ankle showing. If you hold a towel against your legs and start lifting it up, you'll see the best point for a skirt or cropped trousers to land. 

Let's not forget shorts!

I also have quite a few pairs of what I call "city shorts" - a shorter version of the cropped trousers, but on or slightly below the knee. But I'm saving these for when summer has arrived and I have tanned legs. I think they're great on older women: they don't show any thigh and the length is flattering on those of us who are petite. 

Are you a fan of cropped trousers/pants? Do let us know in the comments.

I'm back on Friday and sharing my visit to the upcoming Chelsea Flower Show plus other activities this month, in #whatsbeenonyourcalendar. 

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A rainbow of colourful shoes

The difference accessories can make

Living her life in colour: Liddy Pereira


It's time for the #WowOnWednesday link-up, where readers can find new blogs to read and bloggers/vloggers can find new followers!  I feature the 3 favourites each Wednesday on Instagram, and my five or six top picks at the weekend on Twitter and Facebook. 

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Sheer! The good buy/good bye book from Nancy at Nancy's Fashion Style, featuring Nancy and other bloggers in outfits featuring something sheer. 

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  1. I love all the bold colours. The purple is my favourite.

  2. I'm all for cropped trousers. And the colours you are wearing are very pretty, especially the blue outfit! I saw a bit about the Chelsea Flower Show on the BBC. My goodness what a amazing looking gardens. I'm glad Monty didn't have any, things to do for the weekend, lol.

  3. Oh and thank you so much for the feature!

  4. These are super additions for summer. Your colour choices are so pretty. I’m thinking of cool G & T’s now xx Jacqui x


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