Style guide

Style guide

Q Are cropped pants appropriate attire for a fairly conservative office? I mean capri pants, yoga pants and wide-leg pants cropped about three inches above the ankle?

A Questions about pant lengths crop up as regularly as azalea blossoms and mockingbirds in spring. Everyone's eager to ditch their winter wool trousers and switch to something lighter, brighter -- and shorter.

But we advise caution. Cropped pants are essentially a casual item. To make them workplace-appropriate, especially in a conservative office, you need to dress them up with a tailored blouse or jacket, and shoes and accessories that are not too casual.