How To #1 : Wide Legged Pants


Whilst there’s been lots of wide legged styles around over our summer and also next summer if the northern hemisphere is anything to go by, it’s worth working out how to make this style work for you.

I love the insouciance of a larger pant – either a traditional palazzo or something a bit more Marlene Deitrich and masculine – it says, ‘you’ve no idea what’s under here and that’s liberating’.   So a bonus pant for  skinny and fat days.  (After 50 there’s a lot more of the latter).

Try not to wear them hiked up on your waist though, granny-long-bottom isn’t a great look when there’s nothing ironic about it.

I’ve stolen these images from other blogs to show them styled in different ways with a preference towards a print.

Whilst the top half is also important, especially to avoid too much volume, I’m going to focus on the shoes, because I think that’s the toughest part in wearing these pants.

A wedge is the obvious choice to give leg length and get the hem off the floor if they are cut long.  It’s a 70’s reference point and works well for most wide legged styles.  I love a wedge for comfort, but struggle with a lot of versions.  Cork and hessian, I’m looking at you and seeing a a comfort-first purchase.  Flatforms can take themselves a bit seriously, in a Japanese designer and art curator sort of way.  For me, they are actually the sort of shoe that I feel more comfortable wearing when they are actually ‘in fashion’ as it gives me a bit of reassurance (and I hate that concept usually).

The brogue style shoe looks best with a mannish pant, although I’m not so keen when it’s a draw waisted palazzo style.  I think the same about a court/pump style, although a platform style can work with both, depending on if it’s open or closed toe (usually closed for the former and open for the latter).

My absolute favourite will always be the flat sandal or thong with the palazzo pant.  I like the way the pant drapes at the bottom (although not if you’re precious about the state of the hem).  Same goes for a Converse or plimsoll.  I think as I don’t really see this style of pant as an evening or formal look the flat works.  And admittedly, I’m tall which also helps.

See more great styles of wide legged silky pants at Zara.  For the oxford/male tailoring look, I’ve picked up a great pair of men’s trousers at a charity shop.  I also love my Missoni version, which I snapped up a couple of years ago for $250 on Theoutnet. (Reduced from something around the $1000 mark.  Now that was an airpunch shopping moment).

Of course, with sales starting now is the time to buy.

Photos:; Chictopia;