Should You Wear Cropped Pants?

Written by Diana Pemberton-Sikes

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The least flattering cut tends to berepparttar drawstring look with straight or flared hem. While many women choose this style for comfort, it creates a rectangular block of fabric from waist to hem, visually adding pounds and subtracting height. If you are petite, heavy, or have thick ankles, this style will magnify all of these things.


The most flattering hem for most women is plain and tapered. The least flattering is flared with a cuff. The former will elongate,repparttar 138689 latter will shorten and widen.

If you're a bit heavy and feel that a tapered hem makes your hips or upper thighs look bigger, try a straight leg style instead. Do NOT opt for a flared hem to try to offset your hips - unless you want to lookrepparttar 138690 same size from hips to hem.


For years,repparttar 138691 ballerina flat wasrepparttar 138692 shoe of choice to wear with cropped pants. In recent years, high heels, sandals, slides, and flip-flops have found their way on torepparttar 138693 team as well.

Your best shoe choices create an unbroken line from hem to toe with minimal material that compliments -- rather than competes with - your pants. Shoes that arerepparttar 138694 same color as pants, white, or flesh-colored are all good choices.

Avoid chunky, heavy shoes, or shoes that compete with your hem. All of these will call attention to your feet, chop you up visually, and make you look shorter.

Cropped pants are a great warm weather alternative to shorts for those chilly nights, dressy casual occasions, or for women who just hate to bare their legs in shorts. They look great on women of many heights, sizes, and ages, provided they're chosen with care.

If you look for styles that flatter your figure and elongate your body, you'll look great AND stylish. So don't necessarily cross these off your list. Just take a little time to findrepparttar 138695 looks that work best for you.

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Noblewomen: the first ladies

Written by Jan-Olov von Wowern

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Another important factor inrepparttar growing emphasis on male primogeniture wasrepparttar 138688 forming of political alliances through marriages. When arranged marriages became increasingly important as a tool inrepparttar 138689 political formation of Europe, high social status by birth (andrepparttar 138690 benefits it brought along) was considered a powerful assset. But many noblewomen were not passive spectators, thoughrepparttar 138691 emphasis onrepparttar 138692 male line of descent meant that their financial and political activities of more and more depended on their male relatives: husband, father, sons, brothers. In many cases, however,repparttar 138693 noblewoman was not completely subsumed inrepparttar 138694 families of her male relatives. There is evidence that noblewomen continued to userepparttar 138695 seals, surnames and titles that was theirs by right of birth even after getting married.

In my own family tree I have found several examples ofrepparttar 138696 importance ofrepparttar 138697 role of noblewomen. In some cases on eof my ancestors married a lady from another important noble family, and this was recorded as a significant financial and political alliance. In other cases a lady from our family had a successful career of her own (e.g. as Abbess of a convent). In many casesrepparttar 138698 coat-of-arms of a noblewoman who married into our family was recorded and quartered inrepparttar 138699 arms of that branch ofrepparttar 138700 family.

Jan-Olov von Wowern lives in Stockholm, Sweden, and is the head of the Swedish branch of the von Wowern family, dating back to its founder who was born around 1090 and made a Marquis in 1141. He is active in European charitable and nobiliary work. Visit his page at and download a FREE chapter from his book.

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