Styling the wide trouser trend*

Wide trouser
What comes around goes around as they say, and in the fashion stakes at least, that adage has been proved right once again. After spending the last few years in increasingly skinny jeans and bodycon dresses, we’re now in the midst of as radical a reversal as you could wish to see. The skinny is out and the wide-legged trouser is in. Long live the Palazzo!

The good news is, spring’s must-have fashion accessory is eminently wearable, comfortable and is not only suited to tall, willowy women. In fact, anyone can wear the wide-legged trouser as long you know how to style it correctly. Here are my top style tips…

Pair with a tucked-in top

Don’t wear your wide-leg culottes with an oversized top as you risk looking like a big ball of laundry. Instead, it’s important to balance the proportions of the trouser with a fitted top. You could take a look on sites like to get a feel for the trends around fitted tops and find one that matches your culottes. There is nothing chicer than a pair of high-waisted trousers with a tucked-in blouse or tee. This type of look can take you from the office to after work drinks and looks flattering on nearly every body type.

Stick to one eye-catching trend at a time

While there are plenty of bold colours and patterns out there, we think the wide-legged trouser is a good time to reach for neutrals like black, navy or even white. With too much brightly coloured material swinging around, it can look like the trousers are wearing you and not the other way around.

Keep it long

When choosing a jacket to pair with your wide-legged look, opt for a long-line jacket or blazer that’ll lengthen your torso in the same way that your trousers lengthen your legs. Remember, keep it fitted up top or you risk looking too slouchy or boxy.

Find your length

When choosing the length of your wide-legged trousers there are two ways you can go. You could opt for a ground skimming hem that covers your shoes and elongates your frame. Or, if you’re really fashion forward, hemming your pants about an inch above the ankle will keep you right on trend. Here are some wide-legged trousers for a little inspiration.

Think about fabrics

There is a huge range of fabrics out there, with everything from denim to leather wide-leg pants. However, we think you should stick to soft, free-flowing silks for an exceptionally comfortable, feminine look, or suit-like styles made from stiffer fabrics when you’d like something a little more formal.

Wear with flats

The assumption is that only towering heels will work with wide-legged trousers, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Silk, billowy trousers with metallic sandals are perfect for the summer, while a sleek pair of navy wide-leg pants with pointed-toe loafers will get you work-ready.

What are your top wide trouser styling tips? Perhaps you’re sticking with the skinny? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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