Today’s wide leg pants are a new silhouette for me, but one I’ve been loving and wearing repeatedly all summer. They’re a great alternative when you get bored of wearing skirts and dresses—yes, as unbelievable as it may sound, this self proclaimed midi dress hoarder does get bored eventually)—but the weather is too hot for jeans. If any of this sounds familiar, may I present the wide leg trouser as the answer to your clothing conundrum.
If you’re shaking your head thinking that it all sounds well and good but these pants are not for me, hear me out. I know they can seem unflattering initially, but they really don’t have to be as long as you know what to look for when scouting your perfect pair. My main tip is to consider proportions and this is particularly pertinent to the vertically challenged, like myself. With the larger volume on the bottom half, you don’t want to get lost in all that fabric so watch out for where the pants sit on your waist—I’m partial to a high rise, for it’s waist accentuating effect. I also like to ensure that the hem sits a few inches above my ankles so I have the flexibility of wearing whatever shoe I want, making the trousers easy to dress up or down.
Today I’ve done the latter with a wardrobe must-have, the white cotton button up, but you can see a dressed up version that’s perfect for work here. As I was going for a casual vibe, I knotted the shirt and opted for flat tan sandals, relying on the gold earrings to add a punch to the muted outfit. But if you simply tuck in the shirt and switch out the sandals for some nude pumps, you’ve got a look that’s office ready in seconds. Frankly, wide leg crop pants work with almost any style of top—everything from a t-shirt to a silk cami—especially if they’re in a neutral hue such as these. I think they’re one of those indispensable day to night transitional pieces that are the cornerstone of any well curated wardrobe. Surely that makes them worth considering for your next purchase, right?
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