Wide leg pants are on trend in all lengths this spring. I never imagined I was going to like this silhouette, but I’ve actually found myself embracing it, and today I’m sharing a few ways I’m wearing wide leg pants and jeans this season.
I’m seeing wide leg jeans in everything from floor-grazing lengths to crop styles, and ankle-lengths are out there as well. I’m also liking the new shorter full length where the hems skim the vamp of the foot without a breakline.
Everything goes; it’s just a matter of figuring out what you like, and how to style them in a way that looks intentionally chic instead of sloppy.
For today’s post, I’m styling a cropped pair and a pair in that “shorter full length” style. Then I rounded up some pictures of more wide leg denim I’ve tried at the end of the post.
My first look features the PAIGE Anessa Raw Hem Jeans in Rock Show Distressed, which are currently on sale at Bloomingdale’s.
These wide leg jeans have a 11.5″ high rise, with a 27″ crop/ankle-length inseam, depending on your height. The raw hem along with the whiskering and fading on the thighs and just a touch of distressing on the rear pockets gives them an effortlessly casual style that you can easily dress up or down.
For this look, I wore chunky heeled sandals to balance the volume in the pants, in a color that comes close to matching my skin tone. Matching your skin tone helps to visually elongate the line of the leg and makes you look taller.
I topped them off with a white t-shirt and a cropped denim jacket in a gorgeous shade of green they call Cactus. I did a mix of gold and silver toned jewelry, since the hardware on the jacket is silver and the purse and belt have gold.
For my second look, I styled a pair of raw hem wide leg jeans in a versatile shade of off-white, which is another big denim trend this season.
Yes, you probably saw this outfit yesterday, but these pants are the perfect example of that shorter full length that I was talking about above.
They have a 30″ inseam, so they’re longer than ankle length, but they don’t break on top of the foot the way full-length pants and jeans traditionally do. It makes for a cleaner look, and you don’t have to worry about getting the hem of your pants dirty, if you should step in a puddle.
Plus, it shows off your cute shoes without visually cutting off your leg, as the cropped styles tend to do. Suffice it to say, I’m a fan!
These jeans run true to size, or you can size down if in between. They’re 100% cotton, but they aren’t super stiff, and they loosened up quickly as I wore them. They also come in short and tall sizes.
I topped them off with a pink henley style top and a classic trucker style denim jacket. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, denim jackets are a workhorse in my spring wardrobe because they go with almost everything. They tone down dressier looks and make your casual outfits look complete, plus they offer a light layer of warmth when you need it.
The key to wearing wide leg pants without looking dumpy is to define the waist, and wearing a fitted top or a structured jacket (or in this case, both) is a great way to do that without having to tuck in your top.
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I also really like the more moderate cut of these Joe’s wide leg jeans I scored for a song at Saks OFF 5TH. They have an 18″ leg opening, as opposed to the 22″ that a lot of wide leg jeans I’ve tried, so it’s a nice way to dip your toe into this trend (pun totally intended!) without going all in. They’re also a great price right now. These jeans are TTS, or size down if in between.
Those are just a couple examples of the wide leg denim trend that I’ve styled this spring; I’ve tried on a lot more. Some are winners that just haven’t made it to a photo shoot yet, and others have gone back because they weren’t quite what I wanted, but I’ll share the ones I kept.
These Faherty Stretch Terry Wide Leg Pants are nice for a more streamlined wide leg pant, and I really like the color. I’m also warming up to those front patch pockets. The rise is really high, though, so be aware of that.
These dark wash wide leg jeans from Talbots have a bit of a nautical flare, with the decorative sailor buttons at the pockets, and the wide hem makes them a little more polished than your usual denim.
The MOTHER Roller in a light blue wash with whiskering and fading and at the knees exudes a much more casual, lived-in vibe. These have a versatile 31″ inseam, which allows me to wear them with sneakers or heels.
Here’s how they look with a heel; they will also work well with the Kork-Ease Hutton when I need a more comfortable heel for walking.
Old Navy does a pair with a similar vibe at a much lower price point. I actually like these quite a bit, and they’re a little bit lighter weight than the MOTHER Roller.
The KUT from the Kloth Meg has a similar fit to the PAIGE Anessa, but at a much more accessible price point. I really like this sand washed color for spring; it’s a nice alternative to white and blue jeans, and it looks great with these espadrille slides. The inseam on these is 27 1/2″, so more of an ankle length on me.
The KUT from the Kloth Meg also comes in a blue jean version, which I like a lot.
These Old Navy High-Waisted Crop Wide Leg Chinos have a similar silhouette to the KUT from the Kloth pair above, but with a 26″ cropped inseam. They also come in petite (24″ inseam) and tall (30″ inseam) sizes, plus there are lots of colors to choose from – this green, as well as black, brown, beige, light pink, and light blue! So many good choices.
Whereas the KUT from the Kloth Meg is a thicker, more denim-like fabric, these are more of a chino fabric. They’re nice and light, so perfect for warmer climates.
I also recently added these Everlane Organic Wide Leg Pants to my closet, and I’ve worn them a couple times. They’re definitely a cropped length on me, which makes shoe pairings really easy. They look as good with sneakers as they do with clogs, and I’ll be wearing them with sandals once our weather warms up.
I hope this post gives you some inspiration for styling wide leg jeans this spring!
Even if you don’t think you’ll like them, I encourage you to give them a try. You may be surprised! Then spend some time playing around with top and shoe pairings until you find a look that feels authentic to you.
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photos: Mary Catherine Echols