A polarising piece, the cropped trouser has become a menswear phenomenon in recent years, going hand in hand with smart loafers and slim-fit shirts to bring us a new take on sophisticated warm-weather dressing.
Whether you’re on the no socks team or prefer to wear your hitched up bottoms with a pair of chunky boots, cropped trousers are an easy way to add a new level of interest to an everyday outfit, while helping keep you cool on those hot city days.
So if you’re ready to bare some ankle this summer, check out our top ten countdown below.
1. Acne Studios Brady Slim-Fit Cropped Cotton-Blend Trousers
Black trousers are a wardrobe staple, so investing in a high quality summer-ready pair is a must.
With a slightly cropped hem and slimline silhouette, these minimal trousers from Acne Studios will look slick no matter where you are or what you’re up to.
Try them with a plain tee at the weekend or a crisp white button-down for a summer’s night out.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £240.
2. Topman Lux Twill Skinny Cropped Trousers
The crop on this skinny-fit pair from Topman is ever so slight, making them the perfect ‘gateway’ trousers for those who aren’t ready to show too much leg.
Taken from the retailer’s new Lux collection, which brings a luxury tailored aesthetic to the high street, these elegant trousers will effortlessly adapt to any casual or formal setting.
Available at Topman, priced £50.
3. AllSaints Nile Trouser
AllSaints’ SS15 trousers come in a variety of cuts and shades, but we’ve got our eyes on this tapered navy cropped pair for the ultimate in versatility.
Crafted from a breathable Japanese cotton-blend and unlined to ensure comfort in the heat, they can be dressed up or down to suit any occasion.
Available at AllSaints, priced £128.
4. Cos Lightweight Wool Trousers
Cos’ tailored trouser collections offer a range of sleek, clean-lined silhouettes each and every season.
This sharp pair from the H&M-owned brand are a product of its recent collaboration with luxury e-tailer Mr Porter, designed with travel and movement in mind.
We love the rich indigo shade for a fresh twist on a tailored classic.
Available at Cos, priced £89.
5. J.Crew Pleated Trouser In Italian Cotton
American label J.Crew has effortless preppy style nailed, bringing men across the world high quality casual pieces that are ideal for everyday wear.
These rich indigo trousers come with a slight pleat on the front to add volume, but are cut slim and taper towards the ankle to bring a classic style bang up to date.
Although not a traditional cropped silhouette, you can choose from a variety of leg lengths that enable you to control just how short you want to go.
Available at J.Crew, priced £98.
6. Mango Slim-Fit Cotton Chinos
Soft and lightweight, these cotton chinos by Mango are the ultimate throw-on pair for the weekend, whether you’re headed to the park or a lunch date.
The muted green shade will match with all of the neutral basics in your wardrobe, as well as your footwear collection – brown leather brogues or plain white trainers will work just fine.
Available at Mango, priced £41.39.
7. ASOS Skinny-Fit Smart Joggers with Zips
The words ‘smart’ and ‘joggers’ aren’t often seen in the same sentence, but this pair of neat trousers by ASOS manage to blur the line between formal and casual.
Crafted from a textured wool-mix fabric and finished with classic trouser detailing, try combining with a button-down shirt and pair of black leather trainers for a smart sports luxe-inspired ensemble.
Available at ASOS, priced £28.
8. Jil Sander Slim Fit Stretch Cotton Trousers
If you share Jil Sander’s penchant for clean-cut minimalist pieces, these trousers are sure to become a new season wardrobe staple.
The formal trouser detailing – front creases, belt loops and a zip fly – keeps this bold pair looking smart, while the stretch cotton fabric allows for full movement and exceptional comfort throughout the day.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £250.
9. Zara Cropped Trousers
Coming in at just under £30, you couldn’t ask for better value than this simple yet sharp pair of trousers by Zara.
The solid navy shade is sure to coordinate with everything in your wardrobe, while the cropped leg will bring an edge to your everyday looks.
Plus, at such a respectable price, you can afford to pick up a few pairs.
Available at Zara, priced £29.99.
10. Noose And Monkey Cotton Trousers In Skinny Cropped Fit
London-based label Noose and Monkey is known for not holding back when it comes to menswear, giving classic tailored pieces a vibrant, unapologetic twist.
These bright blue trousers transform the classic smart trouser into something extremely contemporary, lifting the hem, adding a bold injection of colour and finishing it all off with a skinny cropped leg.
Add a pair of vintage brogues for a gentlemanly finish.
Available at ASOS, priced £60.