Wear This, Not That: Ankle Pants For The Vertically Challenged
Truth: I only started to accept the fact that I am short and will never grow beyond five foot one and three-quarters of an inch as of last year. For years, I supported my denial by constantly purchasing and wearing ridiculously tall heels. To this day, when people see me in flats, they say: “Gosh, I didn’t realize you were so short.” I respond by giving them a self-satisfied smirk and saying: “Then my plan has been working. Muahahaha!”
When it comes to fashion, living life as a short person is a series of hem after hem after hem. And there are some things that you just shouldn’t wear together–if at all. One questionable item for us shorties (Ugh. I wanted to try that word out, but I hate it just as much as I thought I would.) is ankle pants. Anything that cuts off above the ankle threatens to make the vertically challenged look like members of the lollipop guild. Still, the versatility of the ankle pant called to me, and I finally gave in this summer. However, I place one very strict guideline on wearing them: ALWAYS PAIR THEM WITH HEELS.
And here’s why…
In the photo above, I’ve paired my ankle pants with a classic pair of black pumps and my best I’m too cool for this photo face, and my legs look (a little) longer and leaner. Whereas in the photo below, I’m wearing the same face (ok, maybe a little heavier on the Droopy Dog eyes) with flats, and I look like I just bought a one-way ticket to Munchkinland.
The bottom line when it comes to ankle pants: wear heels, not flats.