About Capri Pants

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About Capri Pants

Capri pants are a popular fashion trend with many women as they are casual, comfortable, more universally flattering than shorts, cover the knees and create versatile outfits. Capri pants are a nod to fashion icon Audrey Hepburn and 1950s and '60s all-American vintage styling, accentuating the calves and ankles. This popular pant can be worn in any casual atmosphere, such as lounging poolside or afternoon barbecues. Capri pants have endured several trend revivals, proving to be a classic and timeless fashion statement for women.


Capri pants were invented in 1948 by European fashion designer Sonja de Lennart. The new style of trousers were unveiled in a groundbreaking collection that featured a small cut seam on the outer line of the pant leg. By the mid 1950s, the capri pant trend had taken off around the world, most prominently in United States film and television, such as "Roman Holiday," "Sabrina" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show." Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy are arguably the most well-known fashionistas of capri pants, identifying the silhouette as an all-American look. Other famous fashion icons who have sported the style include Halle Berry and Stockard Channing.


Capri pants can be identified visually by the length. They are designed to hit just below the knee or mid-calf on the leg, and are generally worn during warm weather or in moderate climates. Capris are a popular style of pant, worn by women in both urban and rural areas around the world. Additionally, capri styles are available to children and women alike and come in a variety of fabrics. Oftentimes, capri pants are paired with ballet flats.


There are many things for a women to consider before purchasing a pair of capri pants. First, ensure the appropriate size and fit; a capri pant should hit right at the slimmest part of the leg (usually mid-calf to ankle) and be longer in style. Choose a wider-leg pant leg for a visually pleasing look, and avoiding tight-fitting and straight styles. Purchase a pair of capri pants with a flat front (no pleats) to create a slimming, streamlined outfit.


Many women believe that fitted, light-coloured capri pants--such as khaki or white--are the best style to choose. However, this misconception is in reality the least-flattering style. Light-coloured pant bottoms draw attention to unforgiving features. For most women, capri pants should be a dark colour, like indigo blue, black or charcoal. These versatile shades allow for sophisticated outfitting and are visually slimming. Additionally, avoid monochromatic outfitting--wearing a top and capri that are the exact same colours.

Expert Insight

Utilise style magazines, blogs and online resources for capri-pant outfitting ideas--"Lucky," "InStyle" and "Vogue" are all excellent magazine options. Check out current runway shows to update a capri pant look and to avoid looking dated. As capri pants are designed to be casual, pair them with a cotton top, fitted sweater or simple blouse to unify the top and bottom. With shoe outfitting, try pairing with ballet flats, flip-flops, strappy sandals or wedges (and avoid high heels).

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