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

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

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.