Cream of the crop: Cropped pants at, from left, Ralph Lauren, daftbird and Mike Gonzalez. Photos: Emmanuel Dunand, AFP/Getty Images; daftbird; Mike Gonzalez

Fashion fans aren't afraid of a little water -- in fact, they're waiting for a flood. Summer is when women everywhere are showing off their ankles in of-the-moment cropped pants.

Designers certainly have embraced the trend. Emilio Pucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Ralph Lauren, to name a few, all showed cropped pants on their spring runways. But it can be a difficult look to pull off -- and one that can easily look dated, not modern.

We'll tell you how to find the right pair for your body shape, but the number one rule, as is in every style expedition is to work with what you've got.

"It's in the attitude not the clothes," says Josh Christopher, designer for daftbird. "Be confident in what you put on and you will be fine -- regardless of body type."

Check out the expert advice for looking cool in cropped pants and then peruse our gallery of real women (from the AOL offices!) testing out the trend.

What are the latest cropped pant styles?
  • "The gaucho silhouette is so fresh and new again," Mike Gonzalez, designer of his eponymous line, tells StyleList. "Also, a slim cropped cargo pant is very now. A slightly baggy and relaxed hip area that slims down to a more tapered cuff is the perfect combination of casual and luxe. If you have longer legs, it's easier to pull off. But, equally strong is a more slim-fitting Capri length that works well with most body types, especially shorter legs. The slimmer fit at the hip that streamlines down to the cuff is really flattering."
Where should they hit on the leg?
Now, about my calves ...
  • "If you have large calves, to avoid making them look bigger, the hem should never end at the widest part of your calf," Raes says. "The ankle-length trend for Capris should work just fine for women with heavy legs. If a cropped pant is hemmed too short on women with large thighs, it can emphasize that plumper thigh zone. Thin ankles and calves will look even scrawnier if you put them in a pair of wide-legged cropped pants. If you want your ankles and calves to look more substantial, choose a pair of cropped pants that sit closer to the leg."
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