In my defence:

  1. I bought these Paige denim pants without trying them on, breaking a cardinal rule of thrifting BUT THEY WERE THREE DOLLARS so it was worth the risk.  I didn’t realize they were too short cropped till I got them home.
  2. Though I didn’t intentionally buy cropped flares/bootcuts, I have been intrigued by the notion since Ain’t No Mom Jeans talked about them, and I keep seeing more and more “flood” length pants on Pinterest and in mags.  I started pinning crop pants on the Tuesday Try Pinterest board in the beginning, before I even had the pants or knew it would be a challenge!
  3. Once I got them home and tried them on, I was still, er, doing Whole 30 so they were riding a little higher than they are now.  I remembered them being shorter!
  4. I was at home with kids today but still managed to be running late for our one scheduled activity therefore had 2.5 seconds to finalize my outfit.

All that to set you up for an anti-climactic cropped jeans outfit…

TA DAAAAAAA!  Wah wah wahhhhh.
TA DAAAAAAA! …wah wah wahhhhh….
Despite not looking very short, they are way shorter than my usual.
Despite not looking very short, they are WAY shorter than my usual.

Another note in my defence: they would have looked shorter with different shoes, but I was going to a trampoline park with five children and felt like my platform sandals might look fantastic but lack function.  Generally speaking, I think cropped jeans of any length are meant to showcase shoes.  I’ve seen them with everything from ankle boots to stilettos to sneakers.  Now that I’m comfortable walking around in public in flood pants, I can’t wait to try them with other shoes!

I don't even really know if these are flares or bootcuts.  All I know is that I've been wearing skinny or narrow jeans for years until these Paige pants and my J Brand dark wash thrift score!
I don’t even really know if these are flares or bootcuts. All I know is that I’ve been wearing skinny or narrow jeans for years until I scored these Paige pants and my J Brand dark wash beauties!
Paige denim $3, shoes $3,  black tunic with pockets $6, She Does Create build-your-own-pendant, bracelet and earrings.
Paige denim $3, shoes $3, black tunic with pockets $6, She Does Create build-your-own-pendant, bracelet and earrings.
Year of the Flood.
Year Tuesday of the Flood. Maybe I will wear them with some different shoe options then take a blade to them and fray them up and really give my top-model career a boost.  Because I’m sure trendy pants are what’s standing in my way for that.
Since I'm not an Anthropologie model and just ate 4 Thanksgiving feasts, I have a muffin-top situation to contend with meaning cute tucked tops are not going to work.  I think the high waist tunic helped keep the leg looking long despite the flood.
Since I’m not a top model and just ate FOUR Thanksgiving feasts and TWO giant birthday cakes, I have a muffin-top situation to contend with, meaning cute tucked and fitted tops are not going to work. I think the high waist tunic helped keep the leg looking long despite the flood.
The shape and the length took some getting used to but by the end of the day, I was ready to wear them forever!
The shape and the length took some getting used to but by the end of the day, I was ready to wear these jeans forever!

In conclusion, I’m glad I bought pants that were too short so I could try a trend that I otherwise never would have experienced.  The great thing about thrifting trendy pieces is that you don’t have much to lose if you don’t end up liking the trend or if it only lasts a season.  It might have been the buttery softness of the jeans that won me over, but I felt hip and comfortable in my flood pants!  I wish I could wear them tomorrow!!  (Could I?!!)

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