We can all officially say goodbye to skinny jeans, and hello to this spring’s latest trend, wide-leg pants! When we first think of wide-leg pants, the ’70s, hippies and beachy style come to mind, but for the past few seasons, this flattering and fun trend has made a major comeback for every day, an evening out, and even workwear fashion. Even so, it can be intimidating to opt for a pant with extra fabric and size. After all, who wants to make their legs look wider? However, wide-leg pants actually lengthen legs and accentuate the waistline, creating an incredibly flattering silhouette on every body-type.

But, before embarking on this new trend, there are a few fashion rules you must follow in order to get this one right. Here, we’re giving you our top five tips and tricks and offering a few stylish options to add to your wardrobe. Take on the season in style with these wide-leg pants!

Wide-Leg Pants: A How-to-Wear Guide

Tip #1: Purchase a pair in a neutral color like grey, black, white, cream, camel, olive or navy.

We realize that the wide-leg pant trend can be a bit intimidating. If you’re feeling the need to tread lightly, go for a neutral shade like these in tan, black or chocolate with a slightly more narrow leg. This is a good option for testing the waters of this trend!

Wide Leg Pants at Gap

These tan wide-leg pants are so versatile, you can pair them with pretty much anything in your closet. This pant is also perfect for spring and summer, as it is made of mostly cotton and the wide-leg allows for a more light and airy alternative to pants. Find them here on sale now for just $34. Image: GAP

Wide Leg Pants at Nordstrom

How fabulous are these professional wide-leg pants?! We love them for their slimming style, neutral black shade and ability to easily transition from work to play. Find them for $78. Image: Nordstrom

Wide Leg Pants at Banana Republic

White wide-leg pants are another great option for any activity, especially during the warm weather seasons. Find these, here, for $98.50. Image: Banana Republic

Or, if you’re ready to dive in headfirst, here are some fashionable, bright and colorful wide-leg pants just right for the summer season.

Here is an easier way to wear wide-leg pants. This light fabric is fabulous for spring and summer, and this slightly wide, slightly cropped style is super flattering. These are just $44.95 and come in 1 other color. Image: Gap

REVOLVE Wide Leg Pants

These fun striped pants will have you standing out in a crowd. They are in the shade of the season, making them on-trend and very fashion-forward, and the contrasting waistband will help accentuate your waist. Remember to wear a cropped or tight, simple top with these so that you’re not wearing too much fabric! These are on sale for $130. Image: REVOLVE

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Tip #2: Consider a pair of wide-leg jeans.

A quality pair of wide-leg jeans is a go-to style for us. Not only are they comfortable, they’re also flattering and fashion-forward. We love this dark wash pair for work or a more elegant affair while the light-wash pair is on-trend and ideal for casual summer soirees.

Wide Leg Pants ASOS

These dark wash wide-leg jeans from Asos can be dressed up or down for work, a lunch date or an evening out. You’ll love how long your legs look in this pair. These are $50. Image: ASOS

Anthropologie Wide Leg Pants

We’re sure you’ve seen light-wash denim everywhere this season. It makes wearing jeans in the summer easy and fashionable! This basic light wash pair is perfect for an occasion and can be dressed up or down for flawless summer style. Image: Anthropologie

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Tip #3: Tuck in your top.

It is essential to tuck in your top or find a way to accentuate your waistline when wearing wide-leg pants. Simply said, it’s all about balance. You must create a flattering silhouette while making sure you’re not drowning in fabric, and a tucked-in top, tight or loose, will do just that. Both of these pairs feature a tie-front detail, which further accentuates your waist while making a tucked-in top look fabulous.

Wide Leg Pants Anthropologie

How fabulous are these striped wide-leg pants? These can be worn on a date night, out with the girls or for a classic, yet casual everyday look. They are $158. Image: Anthropologie

Wide Leg Pants from Anthropologie

These wide-leg pants are great for a more subtle look. They feature a flattering double button waistband detail, allowing balance for both work and play. And how great does a simple tank look tucked into this pair?! They are $118. Image: Anthropologie

Tip #4: Consider one color head to toe.

An easy way to make wide-leg pants look polished and elegant is by opting for a monochromatic look. Here, we went with black and chose a drapey blouse, work-appropriate pants, and on-trend strappy block heels for the ultimate monochromatic look.

Wide Leg Pants from Banana Republic

Go for a monochromatic look with wide-leg pants this season. Here we chose black as it is universally liked and flattering for all body types. Simply tuck in a black tee or blouse to these wide-leg Banana Republic pants, that are retailing at $110. Image: Banana Republic

So, there you have it! Head out to buy your new favorite wardrobe addition for the season — the wide-leg pant! Your local stores are waiting to help you find this pivotal piece for updating your wardrobe.


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