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Leather capri with turquoise necklace, LV bucket bag, and pastel yellow mules
  1. Capris were designed for summer vacation
  2. Can you wear capris in fall?
  3. How to wear cropped pants in general
  4. What is the best color for capris for mature women?
  5. Can I wear capris to work?
  6. Capris as a vacation outfit
  7. Other cropped pants outfit ideas
  8. What outerwear goes with cropped pants?

Capris were designed for summer vacation

In Europe, a favorite summer staple are cropped pants for weekends and the summer vacation style. These cropped pants are called Capris. Capri is an island in the Tyrrhenian Sea located in the Gulf of Naples in the Campania region of Italy. Capri used to be a favorite vacation destination for honeymooners in the mid 50s, early 60s  and for young families in the mid 70s for European from middle and Northern Europe. European movie starts like Brigit Bardot or Sophia Loren made these cropped pants popular. Many European gals prefer capris over short shorts as the former look more dressy than the latter. Learn how to have ageless style in shorts over 40 in this guide.

Can You Wear Capris in Fall?

Sure, you can. This post demonstrates how to adapt this favorite summer staple for fall. I am wearing this cream colored leather capri with a floral top that pricks up the color of the cropped pants. The floral print has traces of brown, black and turquoise. As this top is sleeveless I wear a leopard cardigan for some extra insulation and to transfer the vibe towards fall colors. The leopard print works well with the floral pattern. It picks up the black and brown and is a couple of shades darker than the cream of the top. This means it stays in the same color scheme.

stylist in capri, cardigan and blazer in autumn

capris with floral top leopard print cardigan, blazer
Outfit details: GNW leopard print cardigan worn, perl barrette, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Bulova watch, Vintage silk floral print top, Vittari black wool blazer, I.N.C. leather capri, Anne Klein nude slingbacks, and structured bag (all own) for a work look in fall

How to Wear Cropped Pants in General

Capris are a really Euro Chic Style summer classic. How can one be wrong with a classic?  Nevertheless, how to wear cropped pants is a tricky thing for any lady of 40+. Capris draw the attention to the lower leg. To pull this style off, we really have to discard those capris that hit at an unfavorable point. It is important to avoid that they hit where the calf is the widest. It makes menopausal body look “FAT” even at a size S.

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Like for all pants chosing the perfect fit, style and color for your body shape is key. Don’t know your body type? No problem, take this free body shape quiz to find out.

Moreover, it is important that to ensure your legs look flawless. Use leg makeup to cover spider veins.

What is the best color for capris for mature women?

A neutral color capri outfit goes a long way. Capris in white or a bold primary color scream vacation or weekend. This vibe is fine for vacation style or the weekend. Candy color capris and a Tee or tank top are not work appropriate.

On my boyish body and with my fair skin, it seems to be more flattering to go for a neutral than “look at me” bold color. The silk floral tank top draws the eye and attention up. For chilly AC or morning and evening hours I added a cardigan to not feel cold. Who wants to be reminded of winter in summer? This leopard cardigan works for two reasons. First leopard print is sort of a neutral to begin with. Second it picks up the shades of the capri, and floral top.

over 50 years old style blogger in leather Capri with floral Print Top

midlife Alaskan blogger in leopard Print Cardigan with floral Tank Top and leather Capri in Fairbanks

mature fashion blogger in a leopard Print Cardigan and Capri worn north of 60 degree north
Outfit details: I.N.C. leather capri with floral Vinatge Silk top, Ray Ban Jackie O. sunglasses, Festina watch, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Juicy Couture mules, LV bucket bag, turquoise baroque beads necklace,  cat print neckerchief, and GNW leopard print cardigan (all own)

Can I Wear Capris to Work?

Wearing capris to work is tricky even when your work dress code is bussiness casual style or even just casual and they are in a neutral color. How to make the look work appropriate for Casual Friday is mainly in the accessories. Creating an office look works best with a very dressy, more cropped dress pants-like looking pair. See this review of a dressy Ethyl Clothing capri. Even then, keep the look for Casual Friday. The look would become office appropriate in a casual work environment with pointy toe flat or a low heeled pair of pumps. Keep them classic and professional looking.

Capris as a vacation outfit

As is the look is nice for a stroll on the town in a vacation resort or an afternoon in the park. Cropped pants and a T-shirts are also a great to wear for sightseeing. It is also a nice weekend look to give your jeans a rest.

Other cropped pants outfit ideas

influencer in cropped pants

Classic outfit with cropped pants, trench coat
Outfit details: Ray Ban Jackie O. sunglasses, Hermes Medor watch, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Brooks Brother mock turtleneck sweater, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, pearls, cropped pants, and Madonna True or Dare floral pumps, Burberry trench coat and Kate Moss for Longchamp satchel (all own)


The next outfit inspiration also uses the trench coat to stay comfortable on the commute to work. I am wearing the coat with the burned orange leather carpi, a silk cashmere top and pumps.

fashion blogger in trench coat, cropped burned red leather pants

Foral pump

American Classic Jackie O. like outfit
Outfit details: Classic American look of cropped pants with statement belt, structured bag, Moda International cashmere sweater, Madonna True for Dare floral pumps, and pearls (all own)


What Outerwear Goes with Cropped Pants?

As shown in the photos, a trench coat looke great. It’s a great coat for autumn and rainy days. You can’t go wrong with a cardigan or light knit jacket.

A wool blazer works with cropped leather trousers, but not with cotton capris. The wool adds some extra insulation for the commute to work and picks up the black in the leopard print. In the morning, temperatures are already in the upper 30s (~3oC). At the office, I take the blazer off. Doing so, makes this top and cardigan combination to an interesting, very work appropriate twinset. The nude slingbacks and the structured bag take the outfit up a notch towards a sophisticated look and add to the office appropriate vibe.

fashion blogger over40 in fall work look with capri, cardigan and blazer

In a Nutshell

Capris are more versatile than just for vacation and the weekend. You can wear them into fassl with a twinset or blazer and pantyhose.

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How do you extend the wear of your summer favorite clothes? Do you like capris? How do you style them? Send me an email, I am curious and would love to hear from you.

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