While I love my skinnies, I was keen to give my legs a breather to go for something relaxed but smart for work. The elegant and comfortable pair of wide leg pants, reminiscent of the 70s style, is perfect for this purpose.
To prevent going into hippie-ville, I styled my high-waisted pair with a feminine button-up blouse, skinny belt, power heels, and a clutch. Apart from a button-up, I’d also recommend styling it casual with a tee, slouchy with a loose blouse, or balance top and bottom with a tight top. In fact, if you dare to bare, style a high-waisted pair with a crop top.
Contrary to popular belief, wide leg pants aren’t made only for stick-thin models; they can be very flattering for different body shapes as it’s a good way to make the waist and hips look smaller than they really are. See them on curvy Kim Kardashian here.
I do agree though that styling gets tricky if it’s not worn with the right proportion, so do note the two key factors:
- Waist: If the torso is short, go for pants with a lower rise; long torso counterparts have more room to play with elongation
- Length: Counter the potential of looking stout by elongating the visual length as much as you can with non-cuff pants or chunky heels/wedges
While the recent trends see wide leg pants being cropped at/above the ankle, I prefer mine elongated and flowy to the floor. I also like mine that has the roomier look for a slight dramatic oversized look.
– – Outfit – –
Top: no brand
Bottom: Alice + Olivia
Shoes: old YSL (similar)
Bag: Club Monaco
Sunglasses: Chanel 4185
*Sign up on the top right hand corner to be the first to hear about Jenn’s latest style tips