{Top: Similar | Pants: Target | Heels: Similar | Scarf: Gap | Sunnies: c/o Coach}

I remember when 3/4 sleeves came into style. I was in 8th grade, at the height of my growth spurt and also at the height of Doc Marten’s 2 inch sole boots popularity. 5 foot 9 inches, skinny as a rail, a mouth full of orthodontia and a pair of thick-soled work boots. I was bringing a new meaning to bottom heavy. 

Since I grew an ungodly amount over the course of a year, everything on me was short. Pants were too short, sleeves were too short, and jackets — just forget it. And then, as if they heard my prayers at night, Gap did tall girls everywhere a solid and brought back the fad of quarter sleeves and capri pants. No longer was I a young Frankenstein with limbs shooting out of my clothing, I was in style. From that point on, if my sleeves were supposed to be long I would just say they were three quarter. If my pants were a little bit short, I’d roll them up to ankle length and call them cropped. One small step for Gap, one giant leap for an awkward junior high girl who was as tall as some kid’s dads. 

I asked my husband if these pants looked too short on me to which he replied: “aren’t they supposed to be cropped?” Why yes, yes they are. 

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  1. Natali Karppinen says:

    Great bag and pants! You look pretty as always 🙂

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  2. Coffeebeansandbobbypins says:

    haha, gotta love that husband!

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  3. winterchick_3 says:

    I am laughing my booty off right not. Hilarious! And I am not super tall but I have the same problem too! I just pretend that its cool. Im like Audrey Hepburn. She wore ankle pants and she was awesome…right?


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  4. It was also great for me, a short 7th grader, because I could roll my too-long pants up and they looked intentionally cuffed and not my last resort for dragging them on the ground. 

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  5. Andrea says:

    You look great! I see your husband knows what he's talking about!! 😉
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

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  6. Mary says:

    Amen sister!  As a middle schooler that was taller than most of her teachers, I am right there with you.  Ugh, that was awkward.  Glad you've recovered. 🙂

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  7. Zadin says:

    The bag is simply fantastic.

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  8. Morgan Liti says:

    You are hysterical! I have the opposite problem – being 5'4" – everything "cropped" looks full length on me. My husband says the opposite – "Are those supposed to be shorter?" Sigh. 🙂 Love this look on you – the colors are fab together.


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  9. Kendi Lea says:

    Ha! I think this means that people who are 5'6" or 5'7" have it made, right? 😉

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  10. Lisa Dawn says:

    I have those same pants and I love them! I'm 5'4 so they're a very awkward length on me so I roll them up just a tiny bit. Super cute outfit!

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  11. Catherine Summers says:

    I love them that length!! If only we could wear cropped trousers all through the winter… at least in the UK we can't 😉 Plus this colour combo is just gorgeous: teal, red, blue AND tan?? And mink polka dots? Aaaaargh I need a lie down!!

    A simply perfect outfit! It's made my day 🙂

    Catherine x

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  12. Tiffany says:

    Those pants are great!  The whole outfit is great, but I am loving the pants. Just checked them out at Target… thanks!

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  13. Typhanie Stewart says:

    He seems to always know just what to say! 🙂


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  14. Alison says:

    I think that that only works if everyone understands how chic you are. Otherwise they assume your pants are flooding. 🙁

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  15. Steffy says:

    See, I have the opposite problem.  I'm short.  So pants that don't come in lengths?  Forget it.  I bought a pair of jeans at NY&Co that were supposed to be cropped, and on me, they were … normal.  So I guess it worked in my favor, huh?

    These, however, are super cute… cropped.

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  16. Andrea says:

    i love your pants and the scarf!

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  17. I love the color of your pants, just love. This is such a simple outfit, yet it's so stylish. LOVE the polka dot scarf! 🙂

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  18. Kisti says:

    That is a super cute story! Love the colour of your top and your bag! 

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  19. Maria B says:

    Oh Kendi. I have the exact opposite problem. I buy pants that are supposed to be cropped and wear them as normal-length pants… the grass is always greener, eh?

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  20. Amy says:

    Hahah I am the exact same way! Got 'blessed' with gargantuan feet also. Oh well! What can you do? You look fabulous in your cropped pants 🙂


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  21. As a fellow once-gargantuan 14-year-old, I'm totally with you on this one. Hail to the crop! 

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  22. Girlie Blogger says:

    LOL. Really cute post, especially with that tribute to awkward high school girls.
    Girlie Blog Seattle | Cheap Makeup Reviews

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  23. Carli says:

    Haha you just described my life in grade 8. To a T. I was so jacked when Gap got all 3/4 length and capri pant crazy. At 5'9" and about 100 pounds soaking wet, awkward was my middle name. Add to the equation a junior high grill of more metal than I think should be allowed, I was far from styling. Thank goodness we grow out of those years! Well, grow out of most of it…my arms are still unusually long, and nothing about time gone by makes them look any less awkward 😉

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  24. Rebekah B says:

    Oh man, story of my life. At least my high school life. Thank goodness for cropped pants, which I think are sometimes a little too cropped on me, too. Good answer, though, husband!

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  25. Rachael says:

    Too funny!  I was so glad when they came out with 3/4 length too b/c I'm tall as well.  Heaven sent!  Love these pants on you and I'm thrilled to see they're from Target.  LOVE everything Target!

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  26. kristian satterlee says:

    Lol! Yes, they are. 

    Love the color combinations here.

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  27. chillairandperfume says:

    so many great, unexpected colors here!


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  28. lavieenliz says:

    proof that you don't need to spend a lot to look like a million bucks!

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  29. Jenny says:

    I am 5'3" and in between petite pants and regular. The cropped trend helps me out, too, because I can buy petite pants and call them cropped! Who knew, with 6 inches between us, we can still share fashion woes?? Haha.

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  30. Kwyver says:

    Ha, brilliant! I love the stories behind your clothes, so unique! Love the cropped trousers!

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  31. Jenna | The Paleo Project says:

    ah ha! this post made me laugh pretty hard. Jr. Frankenstein part, mostly. I was always average height but I feel like I can relate anyway, and that's good writing!

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  32. Sheislovely says:

    Love this outfit!! Love your teal jeans… need to get some. 🙂

    xo – Sheila

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  33. Erin says:

    OMG I remember dealing with the same problems (I'm 5' 11" and have been that way since middle school). I used to get my jeans wet and pull on them to try and make them longer, and then learned how to sew and would add extra fabric onto the hem… suffice to say none of that actually worked. Even today it's a bit of a problem. Thank god for cropped pants and shorter sleeves! 🙂

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  34. haha love your post! good story!  love all the colours in this outfit 🙂

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  35. Marcela S. says:
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  36. Star White says:

    Great Fall colors! I love the cropped look of those pants. You were just ahead of your time in 8th grade I guess!

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  37. Nothing beats a bright pair of trousers!

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  38. haha. I love the husband deflecting…men everywhere should take note!

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  39. Cait says:

    haha oh goodness! I have the opposite of your problem, all of my pants are extraordinarily long! Crop pants for me turn into full length ones! Cute outfit though!! 🙂

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  40. julia martin says:

    don't you just love when your man says the exact right thing?

    looking lovely, kendi!


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  41. Breakfast at Cindi's says:

    Lovely colors, cute scarf : )




    Breakfast at

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  42. Laura Mason says:

    I was in 6th grade and going through the same thing! It was a life saver! That is such an awkward stage, I remember trying to stretch my jeans by sticking my toes at the hem and stretchinnnnnng my feet out as hard as I could trying to make them longer… I also remember making double sure my socks matched every outfit because no matter what when I sat down they would be seen haha! This was also the era of the puffy vest, cant forget that one, it was on christmas lists all over america!

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  43. Love your scarf and the mix of colors!

    Ramen Couture


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  44. I had the same problem and I'm not even as tall as you! I still rarely wear jeans without a cuff because I got so used to doing it in high school/college and pretending it wasn't because the jeans were too short.

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  45. Sarah H. says:

    Well isn't that lovely for you. I remember when capri pants came into style (I believe I was in 8th or 9th grade actually). And at 5' 2" (that was after my growth spurt…I gained one more inch in high school), I could not find capri pants that actually came right below my knee. All the pants that were supposed to be capris looked…funny enough…a lot like the ones you're wearing. Except less flattering because I was like 85 lbs and everything was baggy on me.

    Sarah's Real Life

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  47. Christina Storm says:

    LOVE those wedges! Such a cute look!

    Check out my oxblood bag **GIVEAWAY!!**

    xo, Christina

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  48. The color of the pants look lovely!

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  49. Rosely Carrasco says:

    Lol. Great post. Your outfit amazing but I think you are getting tired of that type of comments or maybe not. I just don't know how else to describe them. I'm absolutely obsessed with your clothes. Don´t worry not in the -you need to get a restraining order kind of way- Just a big fan of your closet!

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  50. Nora says:

    Um kendi cutest sunglasses ever please tell me where they are from??

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  51. Sarah says:

    Love this outfit. The colors are wonderful on you.

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  52. I love this post. Being 5'11, I can feel middle-school-Kendi's pain.

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  53. leigh says:

    We are kindred spirits. Literally. At 5'9" I had those heavy two inch shoes as well. 
    "But mom, they're COMFORTABLE!" Ew.

    Long live the crop! 😉

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  54. Stephanie says:

    I went to hear Tim Gunn speak a few years ago and I remember him saying, "Ladies, no one likes a cropped pant." I was wearing cropped pants at the time.  I am wearing cropped pants today.  I still love you, TG. xo

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  55. pretty little things says:

    love the scarf and anything polka dots! xo

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  56. Great color combos! I would never have thought to put these colors together.  And I wore "cropped" pants unintentionally all through HS and college.  I didn't realize that I needed to look for tall sizes.  haha

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  57. Tori Benick says:

    Oh my gosh this outfit rocks so hard! Those shoes are amazing! 🙂 

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  58. Priscila says:

    Kendi, you are just the cutest! Much love to ya!

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  59. Unidentifiedlifestyle says:

    Love the scarf!


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  60. Carlee says:

    I loved the cropped skinny jean look. I think they look better a little short then all the way down to the ankle. I also love your stories! I am also really loving the color combination in this post!!
    Almost Endearing

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  61. Such a cheerful colour combination, love it 🙂

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  62. Love those colors together ! You look amazing !
    My Blog – A Pretty Nest

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  63. Amy B. says:

    Yes, we must always celebrate the moments in fashion when cropped pants carry the day.

    Everything's coming up Milhouse!

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  64. GiovannaPacini says:

    Cute look! Loving your pumps and sunnies!


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  65. Lindsayjeveryday says:

    Haha I love this. You have such a great sense of humor. 

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  66. Daniela says:

    cute bag! 

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  67. Joyce says:

    Haha great job, gap! Love the color of these pants!


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  68. Charlotte says:

    The way you've put together the colors in this outfit is absolutely amazing! I love the red and blue with neutrals. So crisp and boho at the same time. 

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  69. Teodora says:

    You are just so adorable – and your sense of humor and sense of fashion are what brings me back every time:)


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  70. sihijau says:

    love the colors. 🙂
    Irene Wibowo

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  71. Emily says:

    Ha – I remember the Doc Marten days! Your outfit looks great! 

    Isn’t That Charming.    

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  72. Terri Smith says:

    At a staggering 5'1", cropped pants/tops always look comically tiny, like they're the clothes that came with my baby dolls.

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  73. Love the colour and cut of your pants – they're the perfect crops!

    Kate xo

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  74. Theshopaholic247 says:

    I love your humor. And style.

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  75. Love the colors! 

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  76. Haha, I'm with you on the emergence of 3/4 sleeves. They saved me in my teen years when I was taller than everyone 🙂

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  77. Lizzie says:

    You basically just described my junior high years to a T haha Oh, the joys of being tall 🙂

    You look adorable as always, love those pants!

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  78. OMG! I feel you on the quarter length sleeves and cropped pants! I am 5' 10" and I have been since well forever! I started wearing quarter length sleeves and cropped pants and I haven't looked back. Love this look! Polka dots make me happy! 

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  79. Kwolfe1091 says:

    Another winner here. I love this look! So. Much.


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  80. Ayessa says:

    I so can relate to this, Kendi. When I was still in high school and college, I felt awkward because I was bigger than everyone else! And sometimes I use those things as an excuse too. Cropped pants and 3/4 sleeves! 🙂 <3

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  81. Ladiesinnavy says:

    love your classy colors and styles here!

    totally understand that – i was a 5'9" awkward teen too, wearing heels in high school (whyyy???). now i relish it and adore my height, but once it felt so cruel.

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  82. Happinessatmidlife says:

    Too funny! I am of average height (5'4) so lengths haven't been too much of a problem. My mom is super petite and love crop pants because she doesn't need to hem them.


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  83. Adry says:

    Love this outfit Kendi! The colors are gorgeous and I want that scarf.

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  84. ChervelleCamille says:

    Your hair is doing all sorts of awesomeness today! I can't stop looking at it. Plus, a great outfit to complement!

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  85. Shara says:

    Amen! I the same height now as I was in 7th grade…5'9". It was definitely awkward to be taller than EVERYone else…including some kid's dad! LOL I can sooo relate…however, neither of these fashions were in style during my tough years…ugh. I completely appreciate it now though :0)

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  86. K says:

    First time I've commented here… yes to tall girls! Finally, at 6'0", I've stopped worrying about finding every pair of pants in a long, the "regular" length looks cropped and is a great excuse to show off my shoes!

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  87. Prfdrsknnbtch says:

    the pants are looking really good a little bit cropped. and love the color

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  88. parfums says:

    looking so preety . you r so beautiful .
     Parfum pas cher

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  89. Stephanie Lam says:

    Love the colors of this outfit!! How do you always find such cute stuff at Target!

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  90. Kimjulie says:

    No, really… It's like you just explained my entire junior high fashion experience. (I use the term "fashion" extremely lightly here, mind you.)

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  91. Samantha says:

    Oh my goodness, you just made me think of my own embarrassingly unstylish middle school years. It's do bad…jeans, long colorless Tshirts and those beige timberland looking boots( probably the same ones you're talking about) not to mention I had know idea how to work with my fluffy, thick hair do it was always in a pony tail. Yikes!!!

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  92. Catherine Lea Anderson says:

    Love all the colors in this look…so perfect for fall!

    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

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  93. Mica says:

    Love the red and blue together. Unfortunately being short I don't have the same experience with clothes – most are too long on me, hehe!

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  94. Marilisa says:

    Kendi, I am a new reader to your blog and I just have to say your style (both fashion & in writing) is so refreshing! Especially in the midst of a lot of surfacy/my-life-is-perfect fashion blogs. So thanks for keepin' it real and offering so much inspiration for a working girl!

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  95. Jill says:

    It's so true!  I am 5'10 but reached about 5'9 in middle school.  I was so happy when 3/4 length shirts became all the rage.  I was just ranting about pants on my blog as they are a never ending trauma…..cropped pants saves my sanity but I live in Canada so they are only good for about 6 months!

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  96. Anum Khan says:

    Love this! So cute!


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  97. Emily Rose Jones says:

    story of my life!
    love the cropped pants!!

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  98. Nikell says:

    I love the colors! You always put together great combos.

    At 5'2", some 3/4 length sleeves are weird for me. They don't quite go the 3/4 mark like they're suppose to but they don't come down to my wrist either. And cropped pants…they fit me like regular pants (^_^)

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  99. Thais says:

    Color Block!!!! Lovely

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  100. you look beautiful as always! loved the scarf! 


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  101. Charly says:

    Your hubby sounds like a smart man! 🙂
    Cute, colorful outfit!

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  102. Tangerinetess says:

    I nearly asphyxiated in a pool of foam during a foam party because I was too short…..and a pound or two is very obvious on short pple.. Tall is good, tall is good..

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  103. Twoshoppermoms says:

    I've been crushing on that scarf at Gap for sometime.  Very cute outfit.

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  104. Nikki says:

    From one tall girl to another, I feel your pain!

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  105. janedelsol says:

    I wear cropped pants as full length jeans, beats the heck out of paying for a hem. 

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  106. kendra. says:
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  107. Heather says:

    Oh Kendi, you crack me up. I'm in love with the reds, nude and color transition from the crops to the shoes. For the color blind they would never know, but for me it's fashion genius. kudos!


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  108. Kate says:

    Ah, you just described my childhood to a tee. I'll never forget how brave I felt when I wore heels to my 8th grade promotion dance (and the guy I danced with who barely cleared my shoulders). 

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  109. Marisa Norona says:

    I have freakishly long arms, so most things are also 3/4 length on me 🙂 Also, I'm obsessed with those Target pants! I have them in three colors! Great price too. 

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  110. Georgina says:

    I find cropped tricky, being a short lady. You look awesome though! Love the scarf especially

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  111. Lauren says:

    That color combination is really fantastic!

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  112. Veronica says:

    I lvoe these colors together…you look great! and I have a scarf just like that I bought from Target last year.  We aren't have scarf weather where I live quite yet but I can't wait to break out all my scarves and colorful gloves! 

    Pretty Girl Rock Blog

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  113. Hehe…great outfit!
    I love the colours!…and the polka dots are so cute!

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  114. LC says:

    I love this color combination. 

    But really, enough with pimping out those sunglasses! 

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  115. Kelly Cook says:

    Hallelujah and Amen my tall sister.  Now that "arm candy" is in full force I have another excuse to scrunch up my sleeves and show off my stack and hide my sleeves "short-comings".
    [sidebar: I'm 28 and still growing, according to my last Dr. appointment I reached 6ft!?!? Yeish!]

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  116. Cropped pants make your legs look longer – especially with heels! You'd look great in super long flared jeans, too!!!! 

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  117. Nat says:

    I absolutely love everything about this look! Great color combo 🙂

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  118. I'm going to have to remember this color combination because I'm in love!

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  119. Christine says:

    oh my gosh, bless you. this is literally the story of my life. I still have to buy those awkwardly long gloves just so cover the exposed skin between end of jacket sleeve and beginning of hand during Chicago winters. 

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