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Paris-based brand Jacquemus showcased a chic pair of cropped trousers in its last catwalk show.

It’s true that capri pants are more closely associated with enjoying some downtime than getting down to business, but plenty of styles are available that would pass muster at work. Babaton offers a pair of sweet slim-leg cropped trousers done in an officious yarn-dyed check. Bonus points for the pull-on waistband and elasticated back – chic meets comfort. Enhance the sleek silhouette with a button-down blouse and sharply tailored blazer and complete the look with oxfords or a pair of loafers. On weekends, wear these trousers with a casual T-shirt or denim shirt and cool running shoes.

For those who prefer wider-leg pants, Reiss’s elegant pair are higher in the waist and boast a tidy front seam that gives them a pleated shape. Play up a frill-free pair of trousers such as this with a blouse that has a novel design; take inspiration from French designer Simon Porte Jacquemus’s sophisticated separates, off-set by a pair of stand-out sandals. (Wear with a silk sleeveless blouse for dinner or cocktails.)

If you really feel bold, try cropped trousers that feature a print, such as Topshop’s button-front pants. They’d lend a bit of personality to a wardrobe full of neutrals and can also be paired with any colour.

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On that adventurous note, capri pants are unique in that they allow you to let your footwear grab lots of attention; this summer, try wearing them with woven-texture flats, suede block-heel mules or embellished slide sandals. Coming up short has a whole new appeal.

Babaton Conan pants, $148 at Aritzia (aritzia.com).

Nara cropped wide-leg trousers, $295 at Reiss (reiss.com).

Topshop cropped striped wide-leg trousers, $75 at Hudson’s Bay.

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