Once the weather gets warm, basic black cropped pants are a trusted staple in many women’s closets.  If you are one of these women, who rely heavily on their black cropped pants, I want you to ask yourself if you are really getting the most out of them?  While these pants are easy, they can also get boring if you wear them the same way over and over again.  In addition to the variety of outfits you can create with them, depending how you accessorize your cropped pants, they can easily go from day to night.  It has been a while since I have done a “one item, five fashionable ways” post, but I thought using this format to show all the ways you can wear black cropped pants would be fun to do for this time of year.

Using these cropped pants from J. Crew, below are five different outfits to give you some ideas on how to get the most out of them.  And be sure to check out the additional black cropped styles, that you can shop for, at the end of this post.

Five Ways to Wear Black Cropped Pants this Spring

Outfit #1

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These pants are perfect for casual weekends.   Here, this classic look was created using a striped top from Boden, a pair of earrings from Max & Chloe, blue scarf from Michael Stars, a pair of Converse sneakers in white and super fun graphic tote from Modcloth.  The outfit is great for anything casual that you may be doing but is still super chic.

Outfit #2

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This next look uses the pants for dressier weekend plans that can also be worn in a business casual environment.  This outfit is much softer than the first with a grey sweater and lace two-fer top from French Connection, a pair of grey ballerina flats from Nine West, statement necklace from Stella & Dot, and blush handbag from Marc Jacobs.

Outfit #2

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Like the previous look, this outfit can go from work to weekend with ease.  Here the pants are styled with a printed wrap top from eShakti, a pair of black open toe oxfords from Anthropologie, a mint bib from Max & Chloe and yellow handbag from Vince Camuto.

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If your office is dressier than a casual one, a look like this, using this white jacket from Reiss, that has been layered over a simple black top from Modcloth, and styled with Diane VonFurstenberg earrings, gold bangles from Nordstrom, a sleek black handbag and bold red shoes from Boden, is perfect.  The outfit may not say “super suited” but it still has a bit more a professional look than the last two outfits.  A smart thing to keep in mind when pairing a jacket with cropped pants is to choose jackets and blazers with full length sleeves as opposed to 3/4 ones.  Between the crop in the pants and the crop in the sleeves you can potentially look like you outgrew your clothes.

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This last look is for the times that you want to get dressed nicely for the evening but a cocktail dress or formal outfit isn’t required.  Perhaps you are going out to dinner with your partner or friends, or maybe you have a party to attend and want to look nice.

Here the pants are styled with a shocking pink tunic from White House |Black Market, a statement necklace from Stella & Dot, a pair of heeled mules from Banana Republic and small black bag from Madden Girl.