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How to Look Awesome in Wide-Leg Pants

Richard Wright

Billowy trousers: They’re certainly breezy, but are they easy? (To wear, that is.) We say yes, as long as you follow a few simple suggestions for getting the most out of this on-trend silhouette.

widepants tuckin

TUCK YOUR SHIRT IN

It may sound like a no-brainer, but this Style 101 tip is the easiest way to enhance (or fake) an hourglass silhouette. Especially if your pants are black, the contrast of a lighter top will draw the eye to your narrowest part.

 

widepants crop

CONSIDER A BOXY CROP TOP

OK, we’re not suggesting going full-on bralette here, but we do love the idea of a shorter, wider top that hits right at the top of a pair of high-rise pants. You’ll feel on-trend without showing too much off.

 

widepants longtop

OR TRY SOMETHING LONGER (MAYBE)

This one’s admittedly a little harder for ladies with curvier hips, but for the middle-heavy and straighter-bodied gals out there, consider a longer top that hits mid-way down your thighs. Putting two flowy pieces together surprisingly works.

 

 

widepants monochrome

WEAR ALL ONE COLOR

We?re huge fans of monochrome dressing: You don?t have to think about it too much, it?s a simple way to look instantly put together and it?s slimming as hell. And let?s be honest: Although we?d probably be aggressively paranoid about stains, this all-white ensemble is basically the stuff of dreams. (But really any color pulls this off, so long as the top and bottom match.)

 

widepants suit

RECONSIDER SUITING

Your idea of suiting might be something like an ?80s nightmare with aggressive shoulder pads and sensible commuting sneakers. But styled correctly, a wide-leg pants suit can look incredibly chic. The key here is to keep it modern by pairing sleek pants with a tailored blazer and going easy on the accessories.

 

widepants prints

DON’T BE AFRAID OF PRINTS

This is a case of: “If you’re going to go for it, go for it.” It’s pretty much the ideal weekend outfit. And any fun pattern works--just maybe tone it down with a white tee.

 

widepants culottes

DON’T HOLD YOURSELF TO FLOOR LENGTHS

We may not necessarily endorse tiny tank tops, but the point here is that wide-leg pants don’t have to skim the floor. We’ve proclaimed our love for culottes before and we’ll do it again. Opt for an ankle-skimming pair, which go perfectly with flat shoes and heels alike.

 

 

widepants jumpsuit

WEAR THEM INSTEAD OF A DRESS

A wide-leg jumpsuit is a terrific alternative to a dress, since from straight-on they basically look interchangeable. Oh, and they’re fun as hell (well, until you have to pee).