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One of my favorite things to wear lately is wide leg trousers. These and wide-leg jeans have essentially replaced all of my skinny jeans and tight pants and I’m not mad about it.

how to wear wide leg pants

A pair of trousers is comfortable and can be effortlessly chic when styled the right way. The extra fabric and looser fit can feel challenging at first, but I promise by the end of this post, you’ll have tons of idea on how to style wide leg trousers and plenty of outfit ideas you’re dying to try.

Tips for Wearing Wide Leg Trousers

Find the Right Fit

Wide leg trousers can work for most body types, and finding the right fit is essential. Opt for high-waisted styles that elongate the legs and create a flattering silhouette. This will ensure that your wide leg pants don’t make you look short.

Consider the Fabric

In terms of fabric, choose a pair of wide leg jeans made with materials that drape well and fall nicely over the body. Look for cotton or other quality fabrics that provide a smooth silhouette without clinging to any areas. Additionally, consider sizing up if needed to ensure a comfortable fit around the waist and.

Tailor for a Custom Fit

I highly highly recommend that you get your pants tailored for your height and the type of shoe you plan to wear with them most. I typically opt for flats like sandals or sneakers, so I had mine shortened so they wouldn’t drag on the ground. Yes, it’s an extra step and another cost, but having them fit makes them look so much better than ill-fitting clothes.

Wide-Leg Trouser Options I Love

Some of my favorite styles of wide-leg trousers are these Mason pants, these Harlow pants and these Sezane pants. They are all high-waisted style which makes your legs look longer. I love that they all are slightly different and made from different fabrics so I have a wide variety of different ways to wear them all!

How to Wear Wide Leg Pants: Wide Leg Trouser Outfit Ideas

When it comes to styling wide-leg trousers, there are endless possibilities. Pair them with a tucked-in t-shirt and sneakers for a casual, chic look, or opt for a tonal outfit by matching your top to your trousers for a sophisticated ensemble.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match different pieces, such as a blazer or sweater draped over your shoulders, to add extra interest to your wide-leg pant outfit.

And for cooler months, you can try layering with tights underneath your trousers for added warmth—no one will know and you’ll stay warm! Let’s dive in some wide leg trouser outfit ideas I know you’ll want to try.

Wide Leg Pants with Sandals

white pants outfit with striped shirt

This is easily one of my favorite ways to wear wide leg trousers in the spring and summer. A simple pair of slides or strappy flat sandals is my go-to. If you prefer wearing a heel, go for it, just make sure to have your pants tailored to whatever you’ll be wearing them with.

how to style wide leg pants

How to Wear Wide Leg Pants with an Untucked Top

how to style wide leg pants casual

This look actually scared me a bit at first as I was worried it would look too frumpy, but the oversized look is very much in right now and it has this chic, effortlessly cool vibe about it that totally works. It feels very West Coast casual summer to me! Try only buttoning a few in the middle so the fabric drapes open a bit and creates some interest.

If this feels a bit too much for you, try tucking in just one side—this is typically how I prefer styling a shirt like this because it still gives you a little waist definition.

Wide Leg Pants for the Office

how to wear trousers to work

You can easily dress these up for the office with a crisp button up shirt tucked in or paired with another blouse. It’s chic and timeless as well as comfortable for sitting in meetings or at a desk all day. Pair with ballet flats for a classic and conservative look.

How to Wear Wide Leg Pants for the Weekend

white trousers outfit with striped sweater

Even though wide leg trousers can feel dressier, they can easily be paired with a simple white t-shirt, or a tank top for an easy weekend look. Whether you’re grabbing coffee or brunch with friends or simply taking your kids to the park, this is comfortable and chic all in one.

Wide Leg Pants and T-Shirt

casual t-shirt outfit

This is such a classic, simple outfit—wide leg trousers with a crewneck t-shirt. I just got this t-shirt and I am in love, it is so soft and the rolled sleeves and pocket detail are so cute. Pair it with a belt to add a little more interest, layer some necklaces and pair with your favorite pair of sneakers or sandals. If you need an extra layer, add a trench coat.

Wide Leg Pants with a Crop Top

white pants outfit with cropped shirt

This is one of my go-to summer “going out” looks. It’s comfortable, shows just a little skin at the midriff and looks chic. Try different colors of tops and dress it up or down by swapping your footwear. I like to toss a denim jacket over my shoulders in case it gets cool. You can wear heels or a flat shoe with this depending on what you love.

With an Oversized Blazer

trousers and a blazer

For fall, toss an oversized blazer like this one over your outfit for a cool girl vibe that’s comfortable, warm and stylish. This would work for so many occasions—to work, to lunch, out for drinks! To make it look less like it’s meant for the office, pair it with cool sneakers, and for the weekend, put on a baseball cap.

Wide-Leg Trousers and a Matching Vest

matching pants and vest set in linen

I love a matching set—it’s easy to throw on and looks super cool and chic. Vests are making a comeback right now and I love the look of a vest with a matching pair of trousers.

wide leg pants with matching vest

Wide-Leg Pants and a Button-Down Shirt

how to style wide leg pants

This outfit is great for work or everyday wear. To make it more formal for a work setting, choose black or navy pants, and for a more casual look, pair with a linen trouser or a trouser in a lighter color. Instead of your standard button down shirt, swap it for something fun like this embroidered one!

Wide-Leg Pants and a Cardigan

cardigan and wide leg pants

I’ve become cardigan obsessed lately and often wear them on their own as a shirt. To create some definition at your waist, tuck the front part of the cardigan into your pants so that it drapes nicely and elongates your legs. Leave the top button undone for a more casual and lived in look.

Wide Leg Trousers With Sneakers

how to wear wide leg pants

One of the easiest ways to make a pair of trousers less formal and more cool is to pair it with a pair of sneakers. I love wearing white trainers, or choose a pair with a fun pop of color for something unique and unexpected.

RELATED: How to Wear Adidas Gazelle Sneakers for Women

With a Tube Top

how to wear wide leg pants

Tube tops are definitely having a moment and while it does feel like a throw back, I kind of love it. I love pairing wide leg trousers with a tube top for a chic date night look that’s elegant, a touch sexy and plenty comfortable too.

Monochromatic Outfit

how to wear wide leg pants

Lastly, a good monochromatic outfit is always a YES in my book! For fall and winter try all black and for spring and summer, opt for all white or a mix of white and creams.

I hope this gives you a bunch of ideas to confidently wear your favorite pair of trousers for lots of different occasions and seasons. Happy styling my friends!

BTW, what to wear with white jeans, and what to wear with green pants.



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