Cropping refers to removing unwanted areas of something.
In regard to pants, it is removing some of the unwanted fabric from the length
of the garment legs. A cropped pant is a pant that is made shorter in length during the
manufacturing process or possibly after the fact as an alteration. Typically
done for either trendy styling or to make the garment have a
lighter feel. Removing portion of the leg length reduces the garment
weight & possibly the tempature of the wearer. Doesn't that added breeze on the ankle offer a bit
of comfort on those stifling hot days?
Cropped pants come in a wide variety of styles. In addition, they go by
many different names. Cropped pants are often referenced as
pants), three quarter pants, pedal pushers, clam-diggers, flood pants (floods), jams,
highwaters, culottes, or toreador pants to name a few. Although these are
each a type of cropped pant, they have slight differences (some are the exact
same just under a different name). A cropped trouser typically comes
down to between knee and calf or ankle length but their is not an exact length
measurement that defines this category of pant. However, some people find
the official description of a cropped pant to be defined as ending just above
the ankle. It is our opinion that a cropped pant can be made in various
lengths, but most commonly ending just above the ankle.
Cropped pants such as
capris are widely popular with people in many countries; especially in the
United States, Europe, Latin America, and Asia.
Pants that are cropped are longer than shorts but are not
as long as trousers. In other words, cropped pants are shorter in
length than full length pants but they are definitely not
shorts. They are shorter pants, not short
What is the difference between cropped pants and
Many people (including us) do not always make much about
the difference between capris and cropped pants. We sort of use the words
interchanably at times. When Apparel Search thinks about cropped
pants, we think of the word as a parent category. The capri could then be
thought of as a sub category in the cropped pant family. However,
if you are looking for differences, and wish to choose your terminology wisely
maybe the following will be of help.
The main difference between capri pants and
cropped pants is their length, the seasons in which they are worn and
their level of formality. Both types of women's pants are shorter than
traditional full-length pants, but capris are slightly shorter than cropped
pants. Capris tend to end between mid-calf and above the ankle, whereas cropped
pants traditionally end right above the ankle and bear a closer resemblance to
Capri pants can be defined as
ending mid-calf and are considered a casual, summer dress choice often
worn with a sandals, but can obviously be worn with other shoes as well. Summer
Capri fabric can be found made of linen and other light weight & comfortable
fabrics. Capris can also be made of other fabrics such as denim or
fitness fashion materials which can be
worn with a sneaker or other footwear.
Cropped pants is defined as ending
just above the ankle.
In terms of the seasons that each type of pant is worn
in, cropped pants may be worn well into the fall and even into the winter,
depending on the fabric used, the style of the pants, the type of accessories
and shoes they are paired with, and the color scheme. Cropped pants may be worn
at casual social occasions but can also be very easily styled for more
sophisticated and upscale events. Capris, are traditionally a casual,
warm-weather article of clothing and are usually made of linen, denim or
For those of you that prefer to do crossfit training,
yoga, or any other fitness activity rather than lounging around you may want to
yoga pants which do come in cropped versions.
History in the United States:
Capris' acceptance in the United States was influenced by
the 1960s television series The Dick Van Dyke Show. The character Laura Petrie,
the young housewife played by Mary Tyler Moore, caused a fashion sensation – and
some mild controversy – by wearing snug-fitting capri pants during the show's
run. By the mid 1960s, capri-style tight-fitting cargo pants became popular
among teenage boys; a good example was the superstar teen actor of that era,
Luke Halpin, who wore them in some episodes of the popular Flipper (1964 TV
series). After a drop in popularity during the 1970s through the 1990s, capris
returned to favor in the late 1990s.
Learn about other
types of pants
in the Apparel Search fashion terms section.
Many fashion brands and fine clothing retailers sell
See more examples at the
posts on the Fashion Blog.
You may want to also learn about
crop tops to go anlong with your cropped pants.
Fashion Products A-F
Fashion Products C
performance fabrics in our fashion terms section.
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