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How To: Wear Wide Leg Pants

There’s a pair to suit every shape and size!

It’s time to embrace the wide leg pant with open arms. This ‘trend’ is traipsing all over town and we couldn’t be happier! First things first though- let’s dispel the crazy notion that only the Heidi Klums of the world can wear wide leg pants – NOT TRUE! There’s a shape & style for everyone, you just need to be careful about length and how you’re styling it.
Here’s proof…

weekend max mara jacket

 

Whether you’re tall or short, you will love wearing this classic wide leg pant – it’s like the Miss Congeniality of pants! Style with a silk blouse and killer heels for the evening, or a smart blazer  for the office. One thing to note when you’re wearing wide leg pants, is the amount of volume in the top half of your outfit. If you’re shorter, you should opt for a more fitted, structured top. Taller ladies can do the same, or choose a blouson silk blouse or long line blazer to keep their proportions balanced.

 

 

tweed pant summer

 

 

If you’re hesitant to let go of your legging look, this textured check pant is a good place to start. Think of it as your ‘gateway’ pant to the wide legged world! Cut in a straight leg, the fabric also has a bit of stretch to it, so it’ve very forgiving. Skimming the ankle, this is a flattering cut that suits most body shapes.

 

 

frank & eileen shirt

 

 

Sick of wearing blue jeans day in and day out? This shade is just gorgeous – lying somewhere in between a dark mauve and a washed navy, think of it as your favourite new neutral. If you’re petite, cuff it to the skinniest point of your calf when wearing with flats.

 

 

saint james tshirt

 

Think of this pant as a more tailored version of the chino! The wider cut at the thigh, which tapers gently in towards the knee is easy to wear and creates a balanced look for women with curves. If you’re petite, tuck in your t-shirt and draw in your waist with an embellished belt.

 

high by claire campbell

 

 

Whether you’re 6ft tall or ‘vertically challenged’ (as my Mother likes to put it), you can wear culottes! Have you ever noticed how Sarah Jessica Parker always shows off her ankle? This little trick will give the illusion of height. Taller ladies can style with flat mules or sneakers for an edgy look, whereas the rest of us should opt for a heel or wedged espadrille this summer!

equipment silk shirt

 

Nothing says ‘effortless chic’ like a linen palazzo pant. It’s a true staple in our Spring Summer wardrobe – where these pants day to night, from that long lunch to your casual but chic BBQ. The trick here is a little tailoring – make sure you know what shoes you’ll be wearing with it then get it hemmed to just skim the toe.

marc cain pants

 

 

Striped print + wide leg + pointed heel = AMAZINGLY ELONGATED LEGS! It’s not magic, it’s just common sense really and is such a sharp look for the corporate woman. If you’ve got a black or white blazer that needs a refresh, try pairing it with these pants for a new look this Spring.

 

weekend max mara knit stripe

 

If you feel like you get swamped in all the fabric of a wide legged pant, opt for something straight legged but tapered, like this tailored trouser in a soft, brushed cotton. Avoid flared pants and pants that cut you at the widest part of your hip. This is a mid-rise, so it’s perfect! Cuff your pants to show off your ankle – consider it the décolletage of the legs!

 

hugo boss top white

 

 

Best suited for those with enviably long legs, this flared trouser is a real head-turner. It’s extremely flattering as it just skims the thigh and has no pockets. Wear with a blouson blouse for a soft, feminine feel or a long line blazer for the office.

 

 

ag jeans caden new

 

For a trans-seasonal pant, this tapered cotton jean is a must-have. This shade of gooseberry is so delicious and looks fab with the masses of navy/white/black & blue tops sitting in your wardrobe…

 

 

 

This optic white pant is wide legged and high rise and is such a fresh cut for the new season. If you’re tall, why not experiment with layering? Create a fashion-forward look by pairing your trench coat with these pants. Again, make sure the hem is just skimming the floor for maximum impact.

 

 

white boyfriend jeans

If you don’t yet own a white jean, come in and try this style on. Everyone loves it for it’s soft (but not slinky, gosh no!) and breathable fabric. It’s a relaxed fit around the thigh but again, tapers down towards the ankle. Another trick to wearing white pants in a wide leg – invest in a long line blazer – it will give you that extra bit of coverage if you’re still not 100% comfortable but love the look!

 

 

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