Anushka Sharma, Deepika Padukone to Diana Penty: B-Town actresses are now sporting cropped pants with elan – Recently, Anushka Sharma was seen sporting a pair of brocade cropped pants from Raw Mango while promoting her upcoming film. Deepika Padukone, Raveena Tandon Thadani and Diana Penty picked these summery bottoms for their airport outings. And mama-on-the-go, Shilpa Shetty Kundra, was seen in one as she spent a day out with her son Viaan Raj Kundra. Mid-rise with a cropped inseam and slightly flared hem, B-Town’s cropped pants are the closest fit to a classic capri. Designer Surily Goel, who’s just got back from London, sees it as a major trend not just in India, but also internationally. “However, they come with a bit of flare and not in a slim format,” she says. After Hrs spoke to the fashion set on what makes this monsoon-friendly style such a rage.
A slouchy lounge appeal
Capri pants or pedal pushers were a rage in the 1950s. Designer Aniket Satam says, “Over a period of time, they have emerged as a modern-day classic essential for every urban girl’s wardrobe. The crisp tailoring infused with a slouchy lounge appeal make these bottoms a favourite among working women. They can be easily upgraded for a formal event by pairing them with an oversized white shirt and instantly dressed down when teamed with cropped T-shirts.”
Ideal for tropical weather India has a tropical climate; so, raw cotton pants or thin silk crop pants work well. Stylist Tanya Ghavri says, “They are comfortable to wear and you can sport them with a pair of flats. You know your pants won’t get dirty. Style them with a tucked-in shirt or a T-shirt, if you want to keep it casual. Alternatively, you can also throw it on with a cropped T-shirt. For a layering effect, you can club it with a boyfriend blazer on top. They look especially good on tall girls.”
A perennial favourite
Capris are popular amongst women of all ages as they are figure flattering. Designer Shruti Sancheti opines that they are the perfect solution for our sultry weather to go with open footwear. “These essentials can be worn with bolero jackets and bustiers or crop tops. They look chic with long tunics and kurtas, too. Team them up with bombers for an athleisure look,” she says.
Designer Swapnil Shinde seconds that. “Cropped pants are the perfect answer to Mumbai rains, especially if they are made from comfy fabrics like linen, cotton or poplin as they dry fast. I see a lot of actresses warming up to the boxy style rather than fitted. Apart from subtle checks and smaller prints, they work best in solid colours,” says Swapnil.