Learn How To Wear Wide Leg Trousers For Women

6 April, 2021

From catwalks to high street and magazines to TV, wide-leg trousers are everywhere this season.

Our Personal Shoppers have prepared a guide to help you incorporate this trend into your everyday wardrobe.

Where have we seen the wide-leg trouser trend for women?

Popular in the 80s and 90s, wide-leg trousers are riding a new wave of popularity this Spring. On the Spring/Summer 2021 catwalks, we saw them in different styles and finishes from designers such as Max Mara and Chloé. From florals at Giorgio Armani to very high-waisted wide-leg trousers covered in sequins and paillettes at Chanel, this was one trend you could not escape at Fashion Week.

It is no wonder wide-leg trousers have become one of the items most frequently chosen by fashion insiders and celebrities, such as Bella Hadid or Jeanne Damas. Street Style icons favour classic colours such as cream or black, although, as temperatures rise, summery colours are starting to become more popular: just look at the illuminating yellow chosen by Lanvin! If you were to choose just one pair of wide-leg trousers to introduce the trend to your wardrobe, we would advise you to start with a classic beige, black or white pair.

Dos and don’ts when wearing wide-leg trousers

Choosing looser trousers, reminiscent of masculine style, can give us an effortless look with a cool edge that is very much on trend this season. This is a style that can be adapted to all styles and body shapes: it is universally flattering, as can be adapted to you, and it’s easy to dress down with a crisp white t-shirt for a casual style, or up with stilettos and a cami for a smarter option.

Do
  • Choose monochrome: remember dressing head to toe in one colour can help to streamline your silhouette
  • Wear with heels and a cropped jacket (another staple for the season!) for the illusion of longer legs
  • For a fashionable 70s twist to your outfits, wear with a wide belt to highlight your waist
Don't
  • Swamp your look with oversized tops: wearing wide-leg trousers with voluminous tops can make you look blocky and shapeless. Choose tighter-fitting tops and tuck them in whenever possible to highlight your waist.
  • Neglect your hems: ensure your trousers are the right length for your legs and shoes. Your ankles must not be on show, and the trousers must cover part of your shoes to give the illusion of height.
  • Struggle with low-cut trousers. Always choose mid- or high-waist options to visually balance your proportions, lengthen your legs and appear taller.

Wearing wide-leg trousers according to your body shape

Choosing clothes according to your body shape can help you feel more stylish and wide-leg trousers are no exception. At Lookiero, we believe that being aware of your body shape and using that information as a tool to determine what cuts and items will suit you better can empower you to make style decisions that make you feel good. If you haven’t already found out what body shape would represent you, click here

Our Personal Shoppers have the following advice for you when choosing wide-leg trousers:

If your body tends to a triangle or pear shape:

If your bottom half is visually wider than your top, with a well-defined waist and shoulders narrower than your hips, choose a well-fitting top with a print or pattern. Remember it’s important to draw attention away from your bottom half, so we recommend tops with frills or motives to help balance your silhouette.

If you are petite:

We consider a woman to be petite if she is under 5 ft 3 in in height. If this is you, choose a well-cut pair of high-waisted wide-leg trousers and wear them with heels. Avoid puff sleeves, excessive volumes, frills or oversized items on your top half as this could potentially make you look shorter. We invite you to try monochrome looks, such as the one we have put together below. What about embracing the camel colour trend on trousers and jacket, with a V-neck top for a flattering neckline?

If your body tends to an oval or apple shape:

If your top half is visually wider than your bottom, with a less-defined waist that may be wider than your hips, you’re in luck! Straight-cut, flared and wide-leg trousers are perfect for your body shape. For a flattering, lengthening effect, try a pair in a flowy fabric with a block-colour top that shows off your neckline, such as a shirt or blouse with a couple of open buttons or a V or scoop neckline.

Spring outfit ideas with wide-leg trousers

Look 1: Classic blue

If you want a safe bet to dip your sartorial toe in the trend, a crisp shirt tucked into some unfussy wide-leg trousers, topped with a classic denim jacket and a bag in a tonal shade will give you room to shine. Choosing quality items and keeping all items in shades of blue avoids any colour clashing and lets you take centre stage thanks to the cut and finish of the clothes. This look would be perfect for brunch once restaurants reopen!

Look 2: Bold and proud

If, on the other hand, you are well-versed on the art of the wide-leg trouser, or you are feeling brave, fueled by Spring sunshine, why not surprise everyone with some colour-clashing. Go for a pair of wide-leg trousers with pleated details in a sunny shade of yellow and add a pink floral print shirt for a nod to some of Spring’s strongest trends. Keep your jacket cropped to highlight your waist and choose a pastel shade to marry your previous colour choices. Why not try this look when you can finally meet your friends for drinks?

Will you wear a pair of wide-leg trousers this Spring? If you fancy trying some, remember to let your Personal Shopper know, so that she can help you choose the pair to fit and flatter your silhouette and put together a look that is perfect for you.

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