Capri pants: how to match them, tips and outfits


A must have for summer 2021 with a vintage style, i capri pants are among the items of clothing that never go out of fashion. Known to most as “fisherman pants” or “capri pants”, they are long to the calf and leave the ankles uncovered, presenting a typical cigarette shape with linear and straight silhouettes.

Despite 60 years have passed since their debut, capri pants seem to resist the passage of time and trends, affirming the style of past eras in contemporary and modern outfits.

Capri pants: history and origins

capri pantsBrigitte Bardot and Mary Tyler Moore wear capri pants

The history of capri pants begins in 1948, when the designer Sonja de Lennart introduces this particular model of trousers in her collection entitled “Capri”, in honor of the island that he loved so much. In Capri, the designer draws inspiration from the fishermen’s garments who used to wear trousers with shorter hems to avoid getting wet while walking on the shore, giving life to the model of fisherman trousers.

In the 1950s, the capri pants have become the favorite clothing item of the celebrities of the time. From Audrey Hepburn who wore them in the film Roman Holiday to Brigitte Bardot who became one of the first testimonials of this fashion trend destined to last over time.

But their success is tied to the television show The Dick Van Dike Show in which Laura Petrie’s character, played by Mary Tyler Moore, wore them routinely. Since then, the capri have not stopped being worn and are among the trends of every season.

How to match capri pants?

capri pantsCapri pants with ballet flats and décolleté

Ankle-length trousers can be easily combined by paying attention to the type of accessories and shoes to wear them with. The most classic and traditional combination is the one made up of capri pants and ballet flats or with moccasins that together create a passe-partout look to show off for a day of work or for leisure.

Their classic and versatile style makes them also suitable for put more formal. In this case, the outfit can be completed with tailored blazers and elegant blouses, without forgetting a pair of pumps.

For those, on the other hand, who love to feel comfortable at any time of the day, the fisherman trousers can be worn with a pair of sneakers. In the chunky or platform version, these are trendy and casual shoes that, together with the fisherman trousers, give life to sporty and practical looks for the hectic everyday life.

Capri pants: types and models

Not only high-waisted and fitted, the fisherman pants have suffered deep transformations by fashion stylists and designers. There are many models and types to choose from: from the classics straight and tight models to those from wider and softer shapes.

If you are not sure which model to choose, here is a mini-guide among the models to buy online.

High wearability

Sport capri pantsSport capri pants

ideal for leisure time

This model of capri pants have a casual style and are ideal for leisure time. They can be worn together with T-shirts, oversized shirts and tops and with tennis shoes. Made of viscose they are comfortable and have a very high wearability

Buy on Amazon

With belt at the waist

Slim capri pantsSlim capri pants

Ideal for elegant looks

High-waisted capri trousers with removable belt, classic and slim cut. It glides smoothly down the legs leaving the ankles uncovered which become the focal point of any look. They can be combined with a pair of pumps for elegant looks.

23 € on Amazon

Soft fit

Wide capri pantsWide capri pants

Ideal for everyday looks

Soft and comfortable, these capri pants are characterized by a wide leg and a light fabric that makes them perfect even for the summer. Their essential and minimalist style adapts to everyday looks

€ 20 on Amazon

Capri pants in spring / summer 2021 fashion

capri pantsElisabetta Franchi Spring Summer 2021

The capri pants returning among the fashion trends spring / summer 2021, confirming itself as the must-have garment to have in your wardrobe. They observe the latest novelties presented on the catwalk, the fisherman trousers are dressed in soft shapes and super colored fabrics with pastel shades.

For example, Elisabetta Franchi proposes in her summer collection a pair of capri model jeans that represent the alternative to the denim skirt or shorts.

capri pantsIsabel Marant Spring Summer 2021

While Isabel Marant presents the fisherman trousers in a new version which, with suspenders and large side pockets, take the shape of a sort of dungarees. The choice of colors that turn towards bright colors such as electric blue or with a metallic effect is also innovative.

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