One of the newest jean trends for the season is the ankle jean. I know, you are probably thinking, “I just figured out what a boyfriend jean is. Now I’m supposed to wear an ankle jean?” When I go to market, I am educated by my manufacturers about the latest trends and styles. I, in turn, pass that on to you. Don’t feel dismayed, we are ALL running to catch up when it comes to keeping up with trends.
An ankle jean is just an ankle pant in denim fabric. Ankle pants have been popular for several seasons now, but the right length is critical to pulling off this trend. An ankle pant should hit you an inch above your ankle bone. Any higher, and you have a capris. Any lower, and you have a pant that looks too short. I have found that ankle pants work better if you wear a wedge sandal. The heel and elongation of your leg, makes the length work. They also look really cute with a gladiator style wedge because those come up on the ankle, working in tandem with the jean to show off the style.
Different from the boyfriend jean, the ankle jean is meant to be worn uncuffed. In the pictures above, you can see a skinny (far left), a mini boot (middle) and an ankle (far right). Notice the shorter length of the ankle jean. In all fairness, this jean should be a 1/2 inch higher on this mannequin, but she isn’t quite tall enough to have the inseam fall just perfectly. This means that when you are buying an ankle jean, you need to be very picky about the inseam and where it hits you. If you are 5’3 and under, you will need a petite ankle jean to get the right length.
This style is a great summer option that looks wonderful paired with fuller tops and tunic length blouses. The ankle length is trendier than the capris length (mid calf) in pants right now, so choose this new length if you want to update your wardrobe. Best yet, this new trend is ageless and can be worn fashionably by a 20 something or a 60 something. Fashion Crossroads has just reeived new ankle length jeans from Silver Jeans and also from Jag jeans. Happy shopping!