Ankle Pants and Spring Fashion for Women Over 60 | Sixty and Me


Ankle pants are a perfect transition into spring for all women of all ages. In addition, this style is quite easy to find in the retail stores (always an advantage). But what exactly is an ankle pant?

Now, let’s remember that everyone’s definition can be different. Here’s what I’m going to say. The ankle pant hemline ends at your ankle bone or just above it (when standing).

If you’re wondering about cropped pants, capris or pedal-pushers, they tend to be shorter. They tend to show a third of the lower leg or more. But some people do treat these terms as interchangeable!

One variation of these pants is the width of the hem area. Do you want a pair that’s tapered, straight or wider?

For most of us, the tapered or straight version tends to be more flattering overall. This is because it’s more of a fluid line down the leg. However, there are body shapes that could benefit from a wider ending at the hemline.

Another reason to choose a wider ending is if your shirt is more fitted. The proportions could look better if you have a looser fit on the bottom half of your body with the fitted shirt on top.


Ankle pants come in a variety of prints and materials, which make them quite versatile. Don’t be afraid of a print pant – they are great for hiding any lumps and bumps that accumulate on the hips or behind. It truly comes down to your personal preference and the fit of the pants.


Chico’s, a contemporary brand that design with older women in mind, always stock a great selection of ankle pants in solids and also seasonal trendy prints.

Chico's ankle pants

Of course, not every pair will look great on your body, but that’s the pant’s issue, not your body’s issue! Remember, your body is fabulous! The pants were made to fit a certain size specification and, just because your dimensions are different, that does not make your body the problem.

It’s extremely helpful to find a couple of brands that work well for your frame. Then you can fall back on these in a pinch. However, I always think that it’s nice to have a variety of styles and brands in your closet. Otherwise, you tend to look like that company’s walking mannequin.

Talbots is another retailer with great ankle pant options in a variety of sizes like petite, misses, plus size, and plus size petite.

Talbots ankle pants
Talbots ankle pants

The first time you try on this length of pant, your reaction could be that they’re too short. This is especially now that we are coming out of the winter months wearing full length trousers and jeans.

Or, if you’ve never worn this length before, it may feel like “high water” pants. How many kids got teased for their pants not being long enough in childhood during their growth spurt? Since I never grew tall, this was not an issue for me!

While you may think that you don’t need to follow every trend (and that’s absolutely true), I do believe it’s important to look contemporary. By our age, we have a ton of life experience. We are brilliant, and contemporary styles offer proof of this.



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