We all know we should have a capsule wardrobe with key pieces that we can whizz out at any last-minute opportunity. One said piece is a pair of wide leg trousers.
They’re bang on trend in a big way. Meghan Markle, Victoria Beckham and Amal Clooney are all wearing them… but what exactly are they?
Wide leg trousers are around 20 inches in circumference at the hem, but they are the same width all the way down to the feet. They’re very different from flares or bell bottoms which become wider at the knee and splay out to a huge fan at the bottom. We suppose they’re most similar to culottes or palazzo pants.
The relaxed, yet dramatic look has been featured on the runways for a few seasons now with everyone from Louis Vuitton to The Row hoping on the trend.
Here we take a look on why they’re a great wardrobe staple, who suits them and what they can be worn with.
Who can wear wide leg trousers?
The good thing about wide leg trousers is that they every age and size, and mid to taller heights. They’re the new ‘little black dress’ for 2022.
Wide leg trousers cover a whole host of ‘problem areas’ that women don’t tend to feel so confident about.
Big bum or chunky thighs? Not a problem if you wear wide leg trousers – no one can see your true leg or bum shape under that material.
You don’t want to squeeze yourself into skinny jeans only to feel completely uncomfortable all day. Flatter your curves without pinching and conceal thighs effectively. The casual fit of wide leg trousers is perfect for this – and better still, if you want to add a bright coloured or patterned tighter fitting top, this draws all the attention to your upper body.
Bow legged? Wide leg trousers are also flattering for you as the shape of your legs is hidden by flowing material. This is definitely one of the better styles for you when it comes to trousers.
Which celebs love wide leg trousers?
While Katharine Hepburn would very often be seen in a pair of these flattering pants, they are a definitely a modern-day must-have with lots of celebrities wearing them today.
If you’re tall and athletic like Kendall Jenner (pictured), you can’t go wrong with a pair of wide leg trousers, especially if they’re high waisted.
Shorter people can get away with wearing this style but they need to be careful not to swamp their body, especially if they also have a small frame.
Lea Michele (pictured) and Cheryl Tweedy wear ones that are slightly more tailored to their silhouettes but still considered wide legged. If you have a shorter body, opt for wide leg trousers under a longline matching tunic top for a very flattering look.
Other celebs who are fans of the style include Victoria Beckham – she’s even designed several of her own pairs so take her word for it! They sit flatteringly high on the waist but have pressed creases for a leg-lengthening effect. Additionally, they look great with both sky-high heels or if you’re already tall, ballet pumps.
More ways to wear wide leg trousers
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to wide leg trousers but they are so versatile that it’s worth having a pair in your wardrobe. The best thing is it’s highly likely you’ve got some simple basics in your wardrobe that would work really well with this style of pants.
Play with proportions
It’s fun to switch up and play around with proportions. For an oversized look you could try a baggy blazer or blouse or go more youthful – if you dare to bare – with a crop top. If you aren’t so brave, get that simple white t shirt out of your wardrobe (not the one with fake tan stains on it) as that will look great with neutral tones.
If you like the look of jeans but want a wide leg trouser style, check out these: They’re made from a Turkish two-way stretch cotton that provides comfort and best of all, if the dress code is smart casual in your office, these look fab without being too formal. A white cotton or linen shirt would look fab with these. Pink and beige work well together for this style of look.
Paper bag pants
Paper bag waistlines made wide leg pants look perfect with a tight-fitting top, smart blouse or tank top. We love a strong bold colour on the pants with a patterned top if you’re trying to draw attention away from your lower half.
Who said pants need to reach your feet? A cropped length is another great way for shorter people to enjoy this style. It’s a good way to show off a slim ankle. You could wear a strappy top, silky cami or a neat blouse for a trendy look.
Which shoes should I wear with wide legged trousers?
The age-old question is, can you stand your pants dragging on the floor? Ultimately this ends in dirty or ripped hems. We say it depends on the shoes you choose to wear with them and how much you love the style.
We love the super-simple pairing or flat pumps and baggy pants. It looks incredibly chic, and you’ll also be extremely comfortable.
If you don’t want to venture in heel territory, you can avoid puddles and wear and tear by ensuring your trouser hem is ever-so-slightly tailored to strike above the sole of your foot.
Another shoe that can work well with a wide leg trousers is a delicate mule style as this would balance out the oversized trousers with a dainty shoe – and the extra height would save your hems from a mucky end.
Our final offering on the shoe front is a very high stiletto for the illusion of an even taller body. With no danger of hem dragging, this look is sophisticated and perfect for a trip to a restaurant one evening or a night out with friends.
So if you’re looking for a staple garment to add to your wardrobe – something that will go with all your tops – wide leg trousers are a great investment. Be brave and try some bold colours this summer.