Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Stumped

Stumped

Works Cited
pants: gap
shirt: jeremy's
sweater: j crew
flats: urban outfitters
bag: freshly picked

Stumped

Okay, I've worn these pants quite a few times and not often posted pictures of them because all the pictures I've taken have made me look strangely...stumpy. These pictures are from this past weekend, where I felt cute until I downloaded the photos from my camera and started to wonder if a Hobbit had overtaken my body. Then I discovered this post, "The horror of ankle length pants," which argues that ankle length pants always make women look horrible and never like Audrey Hepburn, which is of course why a girl buys ankle length pants in the first place. Does this mean I can't wear these pants? Are they so stumpifying in real life as they are on film? Must I always wear them with heels? Or could I just roll them up a few times and hope for the best?
Audrey, what's your trick?

47 comments:

Emily Kennedy said...

He he. Audrey's trick was that she was anorexic skinny. She had been a ballet dancer for the early part of her life, and I have my suspicious that this contributed to an unwillingness to eat.

I have always experienced ankle length pants as quite stumpifying as well. Definitely try rolling them up, or maybe even consider hemming them shorter. The ideal cropped length on my legs is just longer than the bottom of the kneecap. This has a very 50's rebel capri vibe in my opinion. Rawr.

a cat of impossible colour said...

I love ankle-length pants! And wear them frequently. I think they look lovely on you, but wearing them with a heel can help. Here are some of my outfits:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/acatofimpossiblecolour/4848407994/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/acatofimpossiblecolour/4800066223/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/acatofimpossiblecolour/4666927933/

a cat of impossible colour said...

(And for some reason you can't click on those so you'll have to copy-paste. Sorry!)

xx

missvinylahoy said...

Actually, I think these look fairly nice on you.
I think the ones that look "stumpy" are the wider-leg trousers that look like you're wearing shrunken pants. These, being a skinny leg pant, fit you well and bring the eye to your flats, which I think look very nice.

Personally, I'm not a big fan of "pegged" pants, but that's just me.

Overall your outfit is really cute and I don't think the pants makes you look stumpy.

portlandize.com said...

I actually like these pants as well, and I agree with missvinylahoy that it would probably be worse if they were less fitted. As-is though, I think they look great.

Louise said...

They look great! Very Audrey.

Lauren said...

I don't think you look like a stump! I think this is a very chic outfit in fact :) I like it a lot - and love the color of that cardi, it is beautiful!

Besides, I think ankle-length pants are easier to pull off than straight-up cropped-legged pants. Now those make me feel like a stump!

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five foot something said...

I don't think they look bad at all. Heels do make ankle length pants look better, however... as does rolling them up.

Honestly though, as long as you feel comfortable that's all that matters. Other looks might look better, but this one isn't so terrible that you should avoid wearing it; awhile back I read a post by Rebecca on the Clothes Horse about the lack of sense re: needing to wear 'flattering' clothes. Why not just wear what's comfortable? As long as your happy and comfortable in what your wearing, who cares if other people deem it to be flattering?

- Patricia
fivefootsomething.blogspot.com

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

you guys are so incredibly sweet! i still don't know whether the pants flatter, but you're right, patricia, i do really like them, so why not?

Jen said...

i adore that chambray top with the cardigan! great fall staples. :) and audrey can work ANYTHING, haha. i think these ankle pants actually look pretty great on you!

Alex said...

I think you look lovely! It's definitely a tricky trouser length to pull off and I know it's a no-no for me as I'm short with not-very-good legs, but they look fab on you.

Chelseabird said...

Oh my, I LOVE your cardigan! It's the perfect color!

eek said...

I can see how ankle pants can "stumpify" one's legs, but since I love them I don't care :)

That said, I think you look great and very Audrey-inspired and not stumpy at all!

Kayla said...

I never would have said that you looked stumpy in those pants until you pointed it out! I'm still not even sure you agree. Plus ankle length pants means the bottom of your pants won't get wet in the rain. Sometimes functionality really is the best. ( See, a justification to keep wearing them!)

Ana - Toil and Trouble said...

I know what you mean, especially since I'm already short and have short legs for my frame, but I actually think you look very nice and not stumpy at all!

Lisa said...

I think they look good on you and you don't look stumpy at all. You could try them with heels to make you feel long as someone else suggested, but I say, if you like them keep on wearing them. You can't expect to look like Audrey in those pants mostly because you're not her, and you look awesome as you in them.

Paige (Final Clothes-Out) said...

I don't think you look stumpy, or even like Frodo, but I do think the pants are maaaaaybe an inch too long. Try rolling them once and see how it goes. Ankle pants look funny on me, too, unless I roll them (and I'm almost 5'10").

sarah said...

i think they look great! & i love all of the colors in this outfit, they work great together!

Hope said...

I wish I could find a pair of pants that make me look stumpy! But, alas, you look lovely in them! Maybe try rolling them? I thought that was the only thing you could do with pants like that! :)

Also, I love love love the green cardigan. I've been seeing it around the blogosphere, and I've been considering picking it up. Lovely color!

Jill said...

I don't think they make you look stumpy at all! In fact, I have added these pants to my wish list of items because women in NYC are rocking them like no one's business. You're totally trendy.

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Felicity said...

I don't think those pants make you look stumpy at all! Your pants don't look like any of the pants in article you linked to, don't worry. I actually think that they might hit you too high if you roll them; you don't want them to look like capris. That is a bad length, in my opinion. Much worse than ankle pants.

Chloe said...

I totally picture you doing the Funny Face outfit next time you feel like channeling a little Audrey, or at least looking a little mysterious... Maybe peg leg pants aren't technically a flattering clothing item, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't wear them. You have the long legs to pull it off, anyways:). Photos always make everything look a jillion times worse!

Second, I'm going to echo what one of the first posters said...Audrey had a terrible relationship with food, and was very open about that. She was also 5"7 and usually less than 100 pounds. She was never seen without pads on her butt, hips, and breasts. She was a beautiful woman, but you are a beautiful healthy woman. And ya both rock the pants;).

Rebecca said...

I don't think that you look stumpy at all, but I would probably try wearing the wants with a heel instead of flats.

The chambray skirt and cardigan look great together.

Colleen said...

I think anyone can wear what they want. But with that being said you always say you feel stumpy in these and now that you made this post, from now on I bet you will feel stumpy unless you figure out another way to wear them. I think 95% of wearing clothes is how you feel in them. A day you feel confident, is a day you look better. You felt great throughout the day, so remember that instead of remembering the pictures.

I have really long legs and I still don't wear ankle pants but the reason is my ankles and calf are fat compared tot he rest of me... it makes me look fat instead of really slender like I am. (I'm serious about the fat ankles. Ankle bracelets didn't fit me in high school when they were all the rage)

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Suseth said...

I personally think you should just rock these pants. I was wearing a similar outfit except with boots today. I'm glad to see that I've finally worn a What Would a Nerd Wear inspired outfit.

MONKEYFACE said...

I know what you mean - it wasn't until I started style blogging and saw my own photos that I questioned the gazillion pairs of skinny ankle pants I own. I think you look fantastic in these, though, so I think a lot of this is probably just in our heads :)

Saskia said...

I think they look cute and slimming and that heels would destroy the casual-chic look that makes such pants so appealing--wedges could work well but I love flats with these best. I would try a darker undershirt to carry the eye up farther--your white undershirt cuts you off. Audrey wore hers with a higher waist, elongating her legs, and all black.

Justine said...

I think some people with long legs can pull it off. I can NEVER pull it off. I am already 5'2" (not very tall) so I never buy pants that hit my ankels since I know it'll make me appear even shorter!

Funny how a picture can totally change your perspective than from looking into a mirror!


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upatreecupatea said...

Whaa? You definitely don't look stumpy!
I love the colors in this outfit :)

Rosiecat said...

I think you look great too! I really like the black pants with those eye-catching blue shoes.

However, I empathize with you, because I felt the same way today, wearing ankle-length pants with flat sandals. My heeled sandals need to be repaired, and normally when I wear my "short" pants, I wear heels and I feel graceful and elegant. Today, I felt kinda schlumpy. Harumph!

Kyla said...

I don't think these are stumpifying at all, but I understand where you're coming from, because I'm the same way! One thing I find that works really well is to make sure that my waist is defined and to wear tops that fall no lower than the very top of my hips. And a pointy toe never hurts :)
Keep on workin' them!

Terri said...

I don't notice the stumps, but I feel the same way in leggings, even though I have looong legs.

myedit said...

I kinda think ankle pants are actually cute. There is something... awkwardly endearing about them. I think sometimes we see something different in the mirror than other poeple see becuase we are stuck on the idea of what our bodies look like. For example, I often can't get past my thighs in an outfit...frustrating.

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

kyla, yes! good tips.
and jentine--i totally agree! i'm still surprised by how much one part of my body dictates how i view an outfit or outfit shot...it is frustrating! but it's good to notice it, at least.

Lori said...

I don't think you look stumpy at all. and now I really want to make a bag like yours!

Kenziefaith said...

Ah, I think they look good! I love your outfit

Destined For Now said...

You look great. We are all just too critical of ourselves. Maybe you would like the look better with a heel?

Shaye said...

I think you look lovely. But I have those same pants (didn't EVERY girl go out and buy a pair of those pants???) and I almost returned them several times because every other time I'd try them on, I'd alternately think I looked fabulous or dumpy. I finally figured out that it was a flats vs. heels issue. So. Now I wear them with heels. And feel fabulous. What I'm saying is, I understand how you feel! But I still think you look great pairing them with flats. (You are much much thinner than I am. :)

Marie Pilgrim said...

I am 5'2" and common wisdom says I should avoid cropped pants like the plague. But I don't! Because I love them. I do style them pretty carefully. Most of the crops I own require (demand, cry out for) heels. Doesn't have to be a high heel but must at least attain the level of "kitten." I have one or two pairs that accept a flat. And occasionally, yeah, I look in the mirror and still feel a bit stumpy. But then I step away from the mirror, lift my chin, drop my shoulders, and channel my inner Audrey. I don't think you look stumpy at all. And I want those flats!

Archives said...

those pants look awesome! no need to worry - no stumps here! i love that cardigan, too. great color!

daisychain said...

I think they look great, and I love your cardigan

Lori said...

First off, I love your shoes.
Second, I have the same problem with ankle length pants and capris. My legs are really short and for some reason that style makes them look like they are only 12 inches long :(
I do wonder how the pants would look rolled a bit and paired with a pair of small wedged heels?

KT said...

I totally agree - ankle pants can be soo tricky to pull off well and not look stumpy. I think a good-sized heel helps, or if nothing else you can always tuck them into boots. - Katy

Larysse Tavares said...

I have to agree with you. I feel fine wearing ankle pants only is they're skinny pants, if they're not I don't even dare to try. But hey, I don't think you look stumpy - no matter what it means, hehe. Kisses, gorgeous!

Ali said...

ooh, the bag with that cardigan are perfect! I love the colour combination! and the pants look pretty good to me. I'm not much of a pants wearer, but as long as they're not leggings, dropped crotch or ridiculously high waisted, i'm happy.

Becky said...

If you look at the way Audrey wore them, it's usually with a sleek and simple top/accessories.(think the one as Sabrina with the hair up/sleek, black long sleeve shirt, black flats) If you kinda step back and look at your outfit as segments, it goes shoes, ankles, black pants, white hips, blue and yellow tops, lots of hair, and popping bag off to the side.

Normally, I'm really into layering, and I love the way you do it, but if you don't want to feel stumpy, I think you want to go simple with these pants.

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