Start off the Season With Cropped Pants...We'll Deal With the Cold Ankles

05/16/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Cropped pants are one easy way to incorporate spring into your April wardrobe, even if it's still chilly enough for a jacket.

2009-04-15-ft5croppedpantsUO.jpg 1. First and foremost, find a basic black pair with a comfortable cut. See it here.

2. If you're long-waisted, tuck a slim black tee into these belted khaki pants ($90) for a flattering proportion.

2009-04-15-ft5croppedpantspaige.jpg 3. A good spring substitute for wool trousers, these lightweight pants ($40, were $58) are a steal for office attire.

4. Paige Black Label's skinny ankle pants ($230) are fancy enough for evening, especially with metallic sandals.

5. The café capri ($79.50) from J. Crew has a classic, clean-cut fit and comes in eight preppy colors.