High-Water Pants + Cropped Denim On Trend

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“The flood is over and the land is dry, why are you wearing your pants so high?”  This season, boots are getting the recognition they deserve with high-water pants on trend.  Cropped denim and slacks are comfortable and versatile.  You can wear them to work or window shopping.  Here’s how we’re doing it for Fall (and well into 2019).

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High-Water Pants Go Grunge

One way to pull off the trend is by rolling up a pair of boyfriend jeans.  Add a pair of combat boots and a high-rise waist to your improvised high-water pants.  If you read our article on Portland, you know we have a thing for Dr. Martens.  100% 90’s grunge style at it’s most comfortable.  This combo is just made for splashing around in puddles (bloop!).

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Construction Zone

Fall is also the season for school bus and mustard yellow.  Yellow looks especially terrific paired with high-water pants in black denim.  Check out our favorite hiking styles and get yourself a pair of Timberland boots in wheat.  We like cropped skinny jeans or bell bottoms best for Fall.  Culottes should be saved for warmer months.

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It’s High Time

The best pant for work is high-waisted and pleated.  Wear high-water pants with easy Oxfords and a vintage graphic tee.  Throw a double-breasted blazer over the ensemble and you can go from night-to-day like that!  The high waist helps offset the high cuff and looks very dapper, indeed.  Cheerio!

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Walk of Shame

If you’re the kind of girl that finds yourself out past 6am, then these pants will work with you.  High-water pants in fabrics like wool or tweed will keep you felling warm and looking cool.  Best to keep things toned down with a multicolored fur in neutral tones.  As we suggested with Oxfords, you aren’t stuck with boots when rocking this look.  Any shoe that looks cool with ankle socks work.

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Long + Short of It

Just like a high-waist helps balance a shorter hem, a longer coat helps as well.  The trick of high-waist pants is to get the length right.  The hem should fall just below your calf and above your ankle.  Cropped denim looks fantastic with this season’s colorful fur-lined coats.  Cold weather doesn’t always have to mean dark colors!  You were born to shine!

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More Plaid

Every Fall we go bonkers for plaid (as indicated here and here).  Keep plaid prints big and bold on your high-water pants for maximum impact.  Take a cue from our skate style looks and throw in an old school pair of Converse.  We love them in canvas or leather – you take your pick, lady!  Ankle-length pants make putting an outfit together sooo easy.  Bye skinny jeans with long hems.  Good riddance!

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Come Hell or High-Water

This is ultimately a working girl’s look.  High-water pants are meant to be workhorses, taking you across town and safely through board rooms.  Always add some punchy-ness to your look with bold patterns.  Keep the look balanced with the right hem and waist line.  If you can dream it, you can do it!

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