After a day of back and forth, or was it over several days?, who can remember! Anyhow, after much back and forth about capri vs ankle pants over the messenger with my Kansas bestie, it started me thinking, when did I get so opinionated about pants? Certainly I have owned and still do *gasp* a pair of capris myself, that I wear when everything else I feel like wearing is dirty. I seem to remember capris making a solid comeback that wasn’t even tied to riding a bike.
Three cheers for those who remember their original name, the Pedal Pusher! I know because my grandmother told me it long ago and she was to me the most fashion knowledgeable woman in my youth. I most remember her wearing pulled together outfits that included polyester pants, but her clothes were so perfectly tailored because she was an amazing seamstress.
Back to the rise of the capri. For me, the capri made its arrival on the scene when I was working in a large firm. Even in a fun environment, wearing shorts in a sizeable office was frowned upon. Capri became that other bottom garment to mix up the workweek and especially site visit friendly vs a skirt.
I never really questioned that the capri ended at the top of my calf and made the bottom of my leg look like a tree stump. That it looked dated and a little grandmotherly, like a swimsuit with a skirt attached to it. I accepted the capri as a staple in my wardrobe. Probably there were some fashionistas in the office that didn’t give into the draw of the capri, but they were on the fringe, the capri was queen come Spring.
Then something happened. I left the office. Became a mom. Started working out like a mad woman, living in things called….YOGA pants, although I never attended a yoga class in my life. (Capri yoga pants. Yes, guilty as charged.) Then on to workout shorts and into the other most hotly debated garment of the bottom region – the legging! But that’s for a different post entirely. I’m still collecting footage of leggings in the wild.
Finally, I returned to the world of non workout fashion, thank you Stitch Fix and awesome friends willing to give honest opinions about clothes and most of all…the rise of a new pant length. The new holy grail of pants for this “just a little too long inseam for regular pants” legged gal : The Ankle Pant!
What? Is it possible some have not heard of this amazing pant? It is like the big sister to the capri pant. I think, while the Capri was busy playing cat’s cradle, her fashionable older sister Ankle made her move. It is so fantastic. It is a full length pant, well almost. Still a bit of skin showing there at the ankle bone. Could even threaten to tread on the capri’s territory, the lower calf, but it wouldn’t be as uncouth as to go more than a couple inches up. Still making our legs look long and lean. Ankle pants work with ankle booties, flats, sandals, flip flops. Maybe even full height boots if you’re going for the equestrian look. In my book the Ankle pant is tops! I’m wearing a pair right now.
So what do you think? Am I crazy and Capris are the cat’s meow? Maybe there’s an undercurrent out there that thinks the Ankle pant looks a little too much like Talbot’s poster child, but regardless, I’m staying strong. It completely solves the high-water stigma in a fashionable way. I say – Ankle for the Win!!