Fashion Trends: seven-eighths trousers, a.k.a. “ankle length”

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One thing the fashion world is very good at is making up new names for old clothes, perhaps in the hope that it’ll trick us all into believing the style is something new and different, rather than just the same old, same old. Witness, for instance, the “seven-eighths trouser”, more commonly known as “ankle length” or “ankle grazers”.

These are longer than capris but shorter than “regular” trousers, and unlike the peg-legs we featured earlier this month, they don’t have to be tapered, but are generally the same length all the way down. All well and good, but what do you think of them? We have to admit to a certain fondness for this style, although we think it can be a little hard to pull off without looking like your trousers are just too short in the leg, no?

The ones shown above are by Elizabeth and James, and are $275 at Shopbop, but there are lots of these around at the moment. Will you be wearing them, though?

14 Comments

  • September 30, 2008

    emmao414

    I have already been wearing these, and love them, as they are perfect for my short legs! Looks like Audrey Hepburn with cute flats, shows off fabulous skyscraper heels, and also tucks well into boots without serious bunching!
    I got 2 different pairs in new look, one black one denim, and I’m living in them at the mo!
    BTW, I received my ‘Moon’ dress from Debenhams, and its great! A generous sizing on the 8, and a middle of the knee length on me. If you want that discount code, just ask 🙂

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  • September 30, 2008

    Eva

    It’s my favourtie length for trousers, probably because I was teenager in the 80s, when cropped trousers were really in. As the previous poster said Audrey Hepburn isn’t a bad style icon either.

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  • September 30, 2008

    Janet C

    Bleah. When I was a young ‘un, these were called “high waters” and they were viewed as a sign that you had outgrown your pants but were too poor to buy new, appropriate-length ones.

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  • September 30, 2008

    Steph

    They bring back horrible memories of having half a dozen growth spurts in as many months and never having long enough trousers… *shudder*

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  • September 30, 2008

    Anusha

    As a short girl, these have arrived just in time, lol! I’ve been making do with one pair of black trousers for years because they were the only ones I didn’t need to hem. I’m hoping the return of a style like this will mean I can find another pair!
    LOVE this blog, by the way! I added it to the links-list on mine (Udarata Kella) … if you don’t mind? :o)

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  • September 30, 2008

    Erica

    These are great if you are too tall or too skinny and want to look shorter or fatter. I’m kidding of course…
    Please don’t wear them with shoes and socks though.

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  • September 30, 2008

    Natasha

    I’m with Anusha – being short, seven eighths just look like normal trousers on me!

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  • September 30, 2008

    Danielle

    I think they’re fine for those who are on the shorter side and need to find something that fits without needing to be hemmed, but that’s missing the point. The point of “7/8ths” trousers is that they’re SUPPOSED to look SHORT. So if you are naturally on the smaller side, you would need to hem these pants to get the same look, thus rendering you shorter than ever. I can’t help but think that those who wear this are people who don’t buy new pants when they got taller.

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  • September 30, 2008

    Alina

    i really like it! though i have been liking ankle length pants for a while now. much better than the floor length kind where you cant even show off nice shoes.

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  • September 30, 2008

    Amanda

    Love them. I’m on the, ahem, short side, and have worn this type of trouser before. Perfect with a cute loafer, sweater and long necklace!

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  • October 1, 2008

    Kate

    Look like they’d fit me like “normal” pants should! Yay for shortness 🙂

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  • October 1, 2008

    Alex D

    I like them and I wear them. They make me think of Uma Therman in Pulp Fiction.

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  • October 2, 2008

    Rock Hyrax

    Next time my trousers shrink in the wash I won’t have to give them away to the charity shop then!
    btw, does anyone know why when trousers do shrink it’s always the leg length that’s affected and not the waist?

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  • January 24, 2009

    Naomi

    I hate these beyond hate. So not cute.

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