Not just for smart occasions or the office, wide-leg trousers are also perfect for casual days. Here’s how to style them for every occasion
Mastering how to wear wide-leg trousers comes down to two very simple tips – picking the right shoes and balancing your proportions. Wide-leg trousers are often voluminous, so you’ll need to wear something streamlined on top. The high-waisted shape allows you to stylishly tuck in your top to create a neat silhouette and balance out the bottom half. For a formal finish, go for clean lines with tailored pieces like a satin blouse or cami; or keep it relaxed with a tonal sweatshirt. We like these grey pleated wide-leg trousers, style with a matching blazer for a stylish work-ready look. Next, what shoes should you wear with wide-leg trousers? Ballet pumps, sleek white trainers or chic slingbacks are the key styles that suit – simply make your choice based on the dress code.
These stylish wide-leg trousers channel a tailoring-meets-sportswear feel, landing somewhere in the middle ground between casual joggers and tailored trousers (plus have that all-important stretchy waistband - result). The perfect alternative to jeans, they work with a myriad of options, from a classic white T-shirt, bomber jacket and trainers for dressed-down days to a lacy camisole for date night. If you fancy steering away from classic black or navy wide-leg trousers, liven up your look by choosing a subtle pop of colour – this covetable green pair are a winning choice.
Add a pair of wide-leg jeans to your wardrobe and they’ll become your new go-to for every occasion from date night to weekend walks in the park. Choose a dark indigo wash for a sharper look: team with a preppy striped shirt and then layer over a coat or trench on blustery days. Need to dial up the dress code for work? Pair with a blazer for a more tailored look, slip on some strappy heels and a slick of bold lipstick and you’ll be ready for pretty much anything.
Words: Sarah Lafarge