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How to Work the Wide-Legged Pant Trend

Take a look around and you’ll see voluminous, wavy hair and boho chic everywhere, from celebs in the tabloids to your adorable corner barista. If you’re tired of leggings and skinny jeans, the retro wide-legged pant is a much-needed, wearable trend.

We have a few tips on how to work the different looks this season:
denim retro wide leg and flareWide/flare leg: Fitted, hip-hugging flare leg jeans look great with a long tunic or chunky sweater. The ultra wide-leg jean is also a fun casual look. Try these jeans with a sleek wedge for a modern throwback look. Clockwise from left: Wide-leg denim (Zara $60); print tunic (Zara $60); flare jeans (Madewell $135); wedge sandals (No. 6 Store $275).


Wide-leg looks. Clockwise from left: Basic wide-leg pants (H&M $35); ultra wide-leg pants (Tome at $836); high-waisted wide-leg pants (Reiss $145); cropped wide-leg trouser (Eileen Fisher $298).

Basic wide-leg trouser: A conservative wide-leg can be on trend and still look polished enough for work. The wide-ish style works on every shape and when worn with a heel they will elongate and slim the silhouette. This leg works with any top style, from a simple tank to a blazer.

Ultra wide-leg pants: These can be worn with a cropped or fitted top or even with loose layers, creating an artsy look. This is not for everyone and can sometimes look too casual or sloppy (think pajama-chic). But if you can pull it off—go for it. Anything works with an oversized pair of sunglasses.

High-waist: high-waisted voluminous pants paired with a fitted tucked-in tank or tee can create a tiny waist and legs for days! This style works for petite women because it elongates the leg in flats or heels.

Style Tip: If you think you’re too short for wide leg pants, you’re not—BUT if I can’t convince you, try cropping them (culottes/gaucho pants are another hot trend this spring) and wear them with a fitted top.

Cropped: All that fabric in a wide-leg pant can feel like too much in sweltering heat… Try a cropped length to update the look.

Kate Hudson widelet

Kate Hudson rocks a pair of Alice + Olivia gauchos, and you can get the same look. Clockwise from top left: White tank (Uniqlo $10); layering necklace (Madewell $34); oversized sunglasses (Madewell $50); leather handbag (Rebecca Minkoff $295); neutral heel (Coach $225); pleated gaucho (Alice + Olivia $265).

70s sunglasses and bagsAccessories. Clockwise from top left: Rebecca Minkoff fringe bag ($198); Madewell fringe crossbody ($128); Madewell Le Specs sunglasses ($50); Celine sunglasses ($495).

If you’re really into the ’70s vibe, but aren’t adventurous enough for flared jeans or the bohemian look try adding a few retro accessories to your arsenal, like a fringed bag or oversized sunglasses. Plenty of designers have modern takes on the fringe bags, and large sunglasses are always in—Celine is a go-to for sizable sunnies. Madewell also has affordable oversized options if you don’t have $500 burning a hole in your handbag.


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