Should You Wear Cropped Pants?

Written by Diana Pemberton-Sikes

“I watched a fashion show last night,” a reader wrote me recently. “They said you should never wear Capris. I am 5' 7", long legs, slim size 8. I understand that they might not be flattering to everyone, but what about for me? I just ordered a pair online. Tell me, what do you think?”

I think it's an interesting question. For while low-rise pants tend to flatter very few women, cropped pants can work well on a variety of figures, provided they follow a few simple guidelines.

Before we get to them, however, let me define exactlyrepparttar style I'm referring to, so that we're all onrepparttar 138689 same page.

Cropped pants, also known as pedal pushers, clam diggers, and Capris, are a style of pants that ends somewhere betweenrepparttar 138690 knee andrepparttar 138691 ankle, usually at mid-calf. They've gone in and out of fashion several times sincerepparttar 138692 1950's, and are currently enjoying renewed popularity.

They are not for everyone, however.

Because of where they hit onrepparttar 138693 leg, they can emphasize several things. For example:

*If you're petite, they can make you look shorter.

*If you're bottom heavy, they can make you look heavier.

*If you have short legs, they can make them look shorter.

*If you have thick ankles, they can make them look thicker.

Notice that I said, “can” in every situation. This isn't a given. Much of it can depend onrepparttar 138694 color, cut, style of hem, and shoes that you choose.

Let's look at these one by one:


Dark or muted colors will make you look smaller, light or bright colors will make you look bigger. Small prints work better on small bodies, large prints work better on large or tall bodies.


The most flattering cut for trim bodies of all heights tends to be flat front with tapered legs. This style elongatesrepparttar 138695 body and offers a chic, uncluttered line - which is why it was favored byrepparttar 138696 likes of Jacqueline Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn during their summer vacations, and promptly copiedrepparttar 138697 world over.

Noblewomen: the first ladies

Written by Jan-Olov von Wowern

Noblewomen:repparttar first ladies!

by Jan-Olov von Wowern

The role and position of noblewomen in later medieval Europe is a subject about which comparatively little has been written. The noblewomen, particularly those ofrepparttar 138688 higher nobility, usually found themselves in a situation where it was taken for granted they would marry and strengthenrepparttar 138689 position ofrepparttar 138690 family by forming a union with a man of similar (or better) standing. Then, as now,repparttar 138691 importance ofrepparttar 138692 continuation ofrepparttar 138693 family line was a constant concern. For gentlemen who were "upwardly mobile"repparttar 138694 marriage to a noblewoman of high standing could berepparttar 138695 means of getting estates and allies.

It was not unusual to find noblewomen holding and inheriting land and estates. She could have inherited them from her father, brother or a deceased husband, and in many regions this was fully accepted. The male line in a noble family could become extinct for a number of reasons:repparttar 138696 sons could die onrepparttar 138697 battlefield, they could die of one of many diseases, some would go intorepparttar 138698 Church and be celibate, etc. So in many casesrepparttar 138699 continuation ofrepparttar 138700 entire family depended onrepparttar 138701 succession throughrepparttar 138702 female line, which (certainly inrepparttar 138703 case of absence of male heirs) was usually accepted.

There wasrepparttar 138704 problem withrepparttar 138705 dowries, and to avoidrepparttar 138706 breaking up ofrepparttar 138707 estates there was duringrepparttar 138708 later 13th century and onwards a growing emphasis on male primogeniture, that is,repparttar 138709 firstborn son inheritedrepparttar 138710 estates (and where appropriaterepparttar 138711 title that went with it). The dower became more and more restricted over time duringrepparttar 138712 later Middle Ages, until they were finally abolished and became more of a symbol. This helped to stoprepparttar 138713 dispersal ofrepparttar 138714 estates outsiderepparttar 138715 original family.

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