Timeless and classic, ankle pants have a place at nearly every occasion, from a dressy dinner to a downtime day-off look. Polished workwear, day-off jeans, and fresh-from-the-gym active pants can all fall under the ankle pants umbrella. But choosing the right ankle pants is not as simple as grabbing the first pair off the shelf: The way they hit depends greatly on your height and leg length. Our guide to finding the right ankle pants will help you make the right choice and help you style them.
Finding the right length for your ankle pants
“Ankle pants” may sound like any long-legged pair of bottoms, but there are criteria around which pants make the cut. Technically speaking, any pant that exposes your ankle can be considered ankle pants. If you’re inclined to break out the ruler, some define ankle pants as those that hit 1 inch above the ankle.
Such a specific length means that buying the correct pant size is key to pulling off this style. Pay attention if the ankle pants come in regular, short, or tall lengths, as these will be cut to hit your ankle based on your height. If you have long legs or short legs, this can also influence the length of ankle pants you need. To get a good idea if a pair of ankle pants you want to buy will be long enough, measure the inseam of a pair of ankle pants that already fit you well, or take a measurement of your inseam.
Types of ankle pants
2. Dress pants
3. Wide leg baggy pants
Wide leg pants may not be the first thing that comes to mind when talking about ankle pants, but they do meet the definition. These pants are hemmed to hit at the ankle to keep their put-together look; any longer in the leg, and you’ll end up stepping on the hem, and the look may appear unwieldy or sloppy. Try a pair of plus size wide leg floral stretch pants tucked in with a simple black shirt.
5. Active pants
Is there a difference between capri pants and ankle pants?
You may have seen ankle pants referred to as capris (or crop pants) or vice versa. However, they are not the same. As defined above, ankle pants expose the ankle or hit around 1 inch above the ankle. Capri pants are substantially shorter, stopping anywhere from the bottom of your knees and above your ankle. If your pants reach mid-calf, they fall into the capri category, while ankle pants will always skim your ankle.
6 ankle pant style ideas
The wide range of ankle pant styles and types available means that you can find just the right pair for any occasion. Here are six ideas you can take straight from our lookbook and into your everyday life.
1. Dressed up for work
2. Dressed down for lunch
3. Casual day off
Leggings were born for a day running errands, going shopping, or just lounging around the house. Lean into this look by wearing your leggings with a plus size tunic in a playful pattern.
4. Worn with strappy heels
5. Styled with boots
6. With sneakers for a lazy day
Shop Ulla Popken for ankle pants
Feeling sporty, casual, or dressy? Look no further than Ulla Popken for dozens of plus size ankle pant options in many styles, patterns, and colors. Mix and match this wardrobe staple with tops, shoes, and accessories for work-ready looks and effortless casual day outfits alike. Many of our items are available up to a size 7X/34, ready to ship and make their way into your wardrobe rotation.