If you are about to give up on capris because you think they make you look frumpy, hold on and read this. Capris have developed a terrible reputation lately that is not quite deserved. (We can thank some shoppers at a certain chain store for that, but I am not going there.)
For you fashion buffs, capri pants were introduced by designer Sonja de Lennart in 1948. The pants name derives from the Italian isle of Capri where they rose to popularity in the 1950’s. The Isle of Capri is a tiny sun-drenched island off the coast of Naples that is irresistible to both royalty and movie stars. Grace Kelly is credited for wearing the pants on the island and creating major fashion hysteria. Sophia Lauren and Brigitte Bardot have both filmed movies on the island that featured this pant in a prominent role. They became very popular in the U.S. in the 1960’s after Mary Tyler Moore’s character on the Dick Van Dyke Show made them a major part of her fashion repertoire, and created quite a scandal for wearing a very snug white pair.
So let’s take our style cues from the divine Isle of Capri and the fashion hall of famers that rocked them, to help you find the right pair and look totally fabulous rocking it. Here is what I learned from watching Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Sofia Lauren and Brigitte Bardot look irresistible in them.
So here are the lessons I have learned.
1. Find the right ones that flatter your figure.
2. Pair them with the right mates
3. Channel your inner movie star diva and strut your stuff.
Finding the ones that flatter your figure – 4 points to look at in order of importance.
- Length – Do not wear pants that end at mid-calf (which for most people is the widest part of your lower leg). If you are short, make sure it sits above that point, and if you are tall, make sure it goes below it. Make a tailor your friend, or simply roll them up.
- Width of the leg – Make sure the leg opening sits as close to your leg as possible without cutting in for a knit capri, or slightly away for a woven one. Avoid wide-leg pants unless you are tall. Tapered and straight legs look good on most people.
- Waist – Go for a higher waist if you are short, as that will lengthen your leg, and lower if you have a long torso. Keep waist details clean and simple. Make sure the pants do not dig in, creating a muffin top. Ruby Ribbon’s smoothing technology comes in handy here. rubyribbon.com-Capri-Leggings
- Hem detail – A simple clean hem works in most cases, but if you are a Pear or Strawberry shape, you can benefit from some detailing. Hem detailing moves the eye down the body, elongating you and taking the attention away from the midsection. Check out the Ruched capri leggings from Ruby Ribbon. rubyribbon.com-Ruched-Capri-Leggings
Paring them with the right mates
Shoes – Shoes can make or break you rocking your look, so pay close attention. The color and style of your shoe are equally important. The best color to extend your leg is nude – and that is the number one choice of celebs when wearing capris. If you are not a fan of nude, choose the same color as your pant. Only wear a contrasting color if you are 5’6″ or taller. As for shoe styles: wedges, low-cut sandals with a heel, ballet flats and pointy toe pumps look best with capris. Avoid wearing them with flip-flops or boots at all costs, and only wear them with a sneaker when you are working out or walking for exercise. The best shoes are the ones that show off most of your foot.
Tops – If you are short or medium height, you want to keep the 1/3 to 2/3 rule. That is, the length of your top should end at about the top third of your body, so for most people slightly below your waistband. Your capris and shoes should be the other two-thirds. If you are tall, by all means pair them with a tunic or even a short dress. Again looking at current-day fashionistas, they all tend to follow the 1/3 to 2/3 rule which is universally flattering.
Channel your inner movie star diva and strut your stuff.
Close your eyes and imagine you are walking around the fabulous Isle of Capri, and hordes of cute Italian paparazzi are chasing you for that perfect shot. If you need more inspiration, watch the following movies: Paparazzi, It Started in Naples and The Talented Mr. Ripley. (I somehow do not imagine you having any difficulty with this part.)
This post is in partnership with Ruby Ribbon who have asked me to create content for their stylists and customers to entertain and educate. To find out more about Ruby Ribbon go to https://www.rubyribbon.com/
Ciao for now