My personal tips on how to wear wide leg pants and how to style them.
If you follow me on Instagram, I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’ve been wearing these brown wide leg pants a lot lately!
I’ve been obsessed with these trousers and wearing them every where – dressing them up for work and more casually for the weekend.
These tailored, yet relaxed high rise pants are flattering to wear and have an effortless look I love so much.
I’ve had a few of of you reach out with questions on how to wear wide leg pants and tips how to style them for different occasions. So today I’m sharing 2 wide let pants looks I recently wore, along with some tips for to styling these type of effortless trouser pants.
Tips for how to wear wide leg pants (especially if you’re petite)
I’ve had so many people say to me that they love the look of wide leg pants. But don’t think it’s a style that they can wear themselves. And I actually used to think the exact same thing!
I found that wide leg pants are actually quite flattering on many body types, even petite figures like mine. The key is to having them fit properly and wearing them with the right clothes to complement them.
Here are a few things I look for when shopping for wide leg pants:
1. High Waist + Fitted Waist
To balance the wide leg of the pant, I find that a high waist and fitted waisted pant looks the most flattering. This fit helps to give your waist more shape and elongate your legs.
For that effortless look, I love a slightly softer and drapey material for wide leg pants. A lighter material will also move better when you walk, and also be a comfortable pant to wear in the spring/summer.
And it’s a bonus if your wide leg pants have a pleat or crease. It’s a detail that adds a little more dimension, as well as elongates the leg. A plain wide leg pant can look really flat with the extra material.
3. Pants hemmed to the proper length
This tip is so important when it comes to wearing wide leg pants! If you want your wide leg pants to have a polished look you’ll need to hem them to the right length. If your trousers are too long they’ll just look sloppy.
I generally try to keep them about 1/2 inch above the ground as a rule of thumb. Sometimes I let them just touch the ground for when I wear sneakers, so I can still wear them with my heels as well.
Check out my guide on how to hem jeans for a guide to hemming pants to the proper length and a tutorial on how to hem your own pants or jeans.
4. Wear your wide leg pants with a fitted or structured top
Wearing a fitted or structured top is another tip to help balance the wide leg of the pants.
Though usually like to wear wide leg trousers with cropped jackets, I also love the look of them with an oversized coat and a fitted or cropped shirt underneath. It’s really all about finding balance of shapes.
Casual Wide Leg Pant Outfits
I love wearing these wide leg pants casually for most days. I usually pair them with my chunky sneakers, and some sort of cropped or fitted top for a laid back effortless look.
I found this amazing corset tank (above), that’s actually just a cotton tank with a corset design on it. Which makes cute, but still comfy to wear. I also love this double zip cardigan (below) which is great for wearing over tanks or even alone.
P.S. This is a vintage Gucci bag is a recent purchase from the Reluxed Collection. She does this a bag drop every Thursday along with an IG live show!
Workwear Wide Leg Pant Outfit
Getting dressed for the office is one of the things I’ve enjoyed most about going back to work. Check out the workwear outfits I wore this spring here!
But I felt like the outfit was still a little plain, so I found this cream sweater to tie on to make things a little more interesting.
With the weather warming up, I opted for some open toe shoes. These cream woven strap sandals have been a favourite for me with the block heel that makes them easy to walk in.
Hope you found this tips on how to wear wide leg pants helpful and enjoyed the outfit inspo for these trousers!
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