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  1. Feel free to spend all summer in cropped pants. They're cooler than jeans, as fashionable as skirts and more wearable than shorts. The only caveat? Find the style that flatters your figure. To guarantee a slimming line, avoid hems that hit the widest part of your calf. And choose slip-ons -- skip shoes with ankle straps, which can make legs look thicker. Read on for more tips to ace this look.
  2. Jennie Rizzo, 28, loves wearing cropped pants, and calls them her "perfect style" because they solve her biggest problem: finding pants that aren't too long for her petite frame. "I like them better than shorts or skirts because I can dress them up or down," she says. And since Jennie recently moved to the South, they may become her year-round staples.
  3. Look for a straight-leg style.Find a pair that hits just below the knee.Pinstripes make legs look long.
  4. Carra Dmowski, 22, is comfortable with her 5-foot-11 height:  “I don't wear cropped pants because I think they make me look shorter.”  But since finding pants long enough is always a challenge for Carra, embracing the right cropped style gives her more options.
  5. Go for wide legs.Use a bold belt to balance out long legs.Try fabrics that stretch.
  6. "These pants are very comfortable and cute. I love linen and wear it a lot," says Jean Caldwell, 39. But "I like to cover my hips and I usually wear very long blazers." Jean shouldn't feel locked into jackets -- there are other ways to flatter her hips.
  7. Choose a nonclingy fabric to skim the hips.Stick to pants with some elastic or a drawstring at the waist.Slim with vertical stripes.
  8. Pick a flat-front, straight-leg style.Look for angled pockets.Buy a pair without buttons or belt loops.
  9. Judy Musselman, 32, says, "I think of pants as a staple, so I buy the same ones in different colors" once she finds a pair she likes. And to match her laid-back style, that usually means "a darker pant and easy material," says Judy.
  10. Avoid tapered legs.Go for a mid-rise style.Smooth your shape with flat-front pants.
  11. In trying to camouflage her stomach, Ilana Austin, 41, usually avoids front-zip pants and wears all-black clothes. But she is a fan of capris. "I live in cropped pants in the summer. They hide a multitude of evils," says Ilana. With some new direction, she'll break away from her usual styles.