It’s safe to say that skinny jeans will always be a wardrobe staple from here on out. They’ve damn near dominated the jeans scene for going on ten years now, and they’ll likely always be readily available at your favorite store. Skinny jeans aren’t going anywhere, despite the numerous articles over the years predicting their death kneel. However, it’s also safe to say that our wardrobes are becoming a little less close minded, slowly but surely. Wider leg styles have been in style for a while now, but they’ve mostly been sanctioned off to culottes and ’70s style flare throwbacks. But it’s increasingly common to see wider leg styles that aren’t trying to invoke some sort of bygone era, from classic, gaping straight leg jeans to airy trousers.
If you’re a little apprehensive about opening up your style to wider legged pants, don’t worry, you’re not alone. But I promise, they’re really not as hard to pull off as you might think. Before you buy a pair, check out these seven ways to find the right wide leg pants for you and prosper.
To Ease In To Wide Leg Pants, Start Off With Kick Flare PantsNot quite ready to take the plunge? Start off with a kick flare pant. You'll still maintain the look and feel of a skinny jean, but your ankles will be able to breath and you'll figure out how you like to rock this look; for example, you can figure out what kind of shoes you think look killer with a wider leg. Buy them at UNIF for $98
Be Careful About LengthsUnlike skinnier styles, many wide leg pants come in a lot of different lengths. Be careful! One person's cropped wide leg pants is another's full length wide leg pants. One person's culottes are another's knee-length shorts. Definitely try before you buy! Otherwise, make sure you know the inseam of the pants if you're buying online, or only order from sites with a simple return policy. Buy them at ASOS for $60
Wide Leg Doesn't Have To Mean FlaresIf wide leg pants make you think about photos of what your grandma wore in the late '60s and '70s...relax. Your wide leg pants don't have to be that intense. There is a full spectrum between skinny jeans and JNCO Jeans. Go for anything from structured wide leg jeans (fold them up if you want them to be less wide!) or flowy chiffon numbers. Buy them at Urban Outfitters for $48
Go For High Waist Pants FirstIf you want to give wide legs a shot, maybe you should try going for high waist pants as opposed to mid or low rise styles. High waist pants are easy to style with crop tops as well as tucked in blouses, and you can rock anything from heels, to Oxfords, to sneakers, to flats without looking wonky. Buy them at ASOS for $69
Consider What Look You're Going ForThis will be the easiest way to deduce what kind of wide leg pants you want. If you are, in fact, going for a retro look, go for classic blue high waist jeans with a massive flare (like the pants shown). If you're going for something chic, opt for a structured cropped pant or culotte. If you want to go for a '90s/'00s throwback, go for low rise wide leg velour or nylon athletic pants. Buy them at Samantha Pleet for $219
Try Different TexturesYou don't have to just go for wide leg denim. Try all kinds of fabrics and textures! Thick pleated pants, thin airy fabrics that look super boho, structured cotton when you want to look super sophisticated. You have a lot of variety to choose from, something you can't really say about your skinny jeans or leggings. Buy them at Uniqlo for $39.90
Don't Ignore Killer Wide Leg JumpsuitsYou might actually not be all that into wide leg pants, but maybe you'll love wide leg jumpsuits! Try them out, whether they're traditional jumpsuits or overalls. You can dress 'em up or down, depending on the fabric or pattern. Buy them at ASOS for $87
Do you like wide leg pants or are you strictly skinny? Tell us in the comments!