The Ultimate Guide On How To Wear Wide Leg Trousers

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“Fashion is made to become unfashionable.” Coco Chanel

Fresh spring is fast turning into a hot summer season. Breezy and comfortable is what every woman now mainly looks for in her outfit choices. But not every day we wish to wear dresses and skirts, right? And shorts seem way too casual and maybe not suitable for the occasion. This is why designers brought back this strongly feminine and powerful piece of clothing to the catwalks this season – wide leg trousers! 

The trend became fashionable in the 1960’s and 1970’s, but originates already from the time between The World Wars when women had to work and focused on wearing more comfortable, easier to make and cheaper clothing. This year the trend is making the grand return to the fashion scene. It is an excellent summer season style. Loose cut and breathable fabric don’t only give the breezy feeling, but is also flattering in the sunlight and summer wind! The key elements what to look when choosing this easy and relaxed fashion element are the cut and the fabric when following the curves of your body, the mood of the outfit and latest trends from the catwalks.

Here is a simple guide on how to wear wide leg trousers

#1 High-Waist

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H&M Conscious Exclusive collection bringing eco-chic to the next level Spring/Summer 2014.

Found on whowhatwear.com

Beautiful wide leg high waist trousers in palette colors suit perfectly with animal prints, pure white and metallic!

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All black outfit with wide leg trousers and elegant crop top. Add accessories and bag to style the outfit following your mood! 

Found on halliedaily.com

There is no simpler way to look chic and casual at the same time like when wearing simple black and white colors together! Try wide leg trousers that bring out your feminine side and simple top to add the elegant summer touch to your outfit! Again the shoes and the bag add the final mood of the look!

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A unique way to wear wide leg trousers is to go back to the roots. Try retro prints, fabrics and accessories!

Found on cosmopolitan.com

SEE ALSO OUR ARTICLE ABOUT HIGH WAIST SWIMWEAR: HERE

#2 Cropped

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Simply chic – wide leg black cropped trousers with tip toe high heels, elegant jacket and golden jewelry!

Found on trendencias.com

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Cropped wide leg high waist Gaucho trousers make a retro statement no matter what. Try mixing different fabrics, colors and trends!

Found on vanessajackman.blogspot.com

Simple and elegant way to wear wide leg cropped trousers this summer in any smart casual occasion!


#3 Modern Minimalism

I just couldn’t write an article about how to wear wide leg trousers without including the emerging new trend: modern minimalism.

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Metallic tip toe high heels, wide leg pleated trousers, turtle neck crop top, graphic cardigan and neon colored small bag – this fabulous outfit worn by Margaret Zhang has modern written all over it!

Found on citizencouture.com

Street Style Looks To Try This Spring whowhatwear

All black jumpsuit work perfectly as wide leg trousers worn with simple top. Wear it with either high heels of sandals, depending on the occasion and mood of your outfit! Add some accessories to wear up the outfit!

Found on whowhatwear.com

yellow Acne jumper + wide leg trousers

Neon yellow Acne jumper with metallic clutch bag and gray wide leg trousers. A perfect smart casual outfit that can be styled with a personal touch with shoes and accessories!

Found on asparklyhanger.blogspot.co.uk


#4 Inspired By Men’s Style

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Jenna Lyons rocking oversized shirt and wide leg trousers with polka dots. Adding accessories and high heels is the perfect way to give boyfriend style clothing with feminine touch!

Found on fabsugar.com

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Buttons up shirt and wide leg cropped trousers with polka dots! Wear a matching bag and high heels to finish the outfit to perfection!

Found on harper’s bazaar

“I don’t know why women want any of the things men have when one the things that women have is men.” Coco Chanel

Wide leg trousers originate from the time between World War I and II when men were away at war and women had to take over all the responsibilities at home. This is also the time when Coco Chanel was young and growing as a designer, already influencing with her feel of strong and independent woman!

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Oversized white top and wide leg trousers by Apiece Apart worn with simple black sandals! Simple and genuine way to pull off a look inspired from men’s fashion.

Found on lagarconne.com


#5 Athletic Touch

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Xandra wearing breezy pure white wide leg pleated trousers by Chiffon with floral crop top by American Apparel.

Found on American Apparel

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Gwen Stefani wearing wide leg trousers with simple top and sneakers to create sporty touch to her summer ourfit.

Found on jenny.gr

Another amazing trend to try when choosing a little more casual look to wear is sporty! Can be easily mixed with other more chic and feminine trends! It’s comfortable and fun! No need to worry too much about the accessories and the choice of shoes, also hair and makeup should be softer and more natural!

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White colored wide leg trousers that have a touch of sporty trend when wearing them with Richard Chai printed crop top!

Found on appleblossommy.wordpress.com


#6 Feminine Floral Prints

How to wear wide leg trousers? Try floral prints this summer!

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Beautiful wide leg floral trousers by Asos worn with simple white crop tee by Brandy Melville. Choose shoes, hat and accessories to either wear this outfit up or down to your own taste and mood!

Found on lookbook.nu

Floral Shirt with wide leg trousers

Floral crop top worn with bright orange wide leg trousers, high heels and metallic bag.

Found on halliedaily.com

We all love floral prints! It is a beautiful and feminine trend that blossoms every spring/summer season. Wear it with one colored items and mix with other trends to add the fashionable touch! Looks perfect on wide leg trousers and is suited for any occasion this summer! Don’t wear too many accessories with this trend and try warmer colors for your makeup and nails!

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Wide leg floral trousers that create silhouette. Wear them with an oversized shirt and high heels to add a modern touch to your outfit!

Found on stylemoca.wordpress.com

SEE MORE IDEAS ABOUT HOW TO WEAR FLORAL AND OTHER PRINTED TROUSERS: HERE

#7 Lace And Cut Out Fabrics

Cropped white top with long sleeves is another great style to try on with pastel blue wide-leg trousers. Choose carefully the bag, shoes and accessories to add your own style and wear the outfit up a little!

This spring Estilo Tendances has already introduced you to lace shirt. Mixing the trends is the most exciting way to try different elements of fashion. Wide leg trousers is a great match to try with the lace or cut out shirts!

CHECK OUT SOME IDEAS ON HOW TO WEAR THE LACE SHIRT: HERE

high waist wide leg palette colored trousers

Palette colored long cut wide leg trousers fit perfectly with pure white lace shirt, golden accessories, dark brown or black bag and shoes! Choose a classy summer hat to make the statement!

Found on idealmagazine.co.uk

high waist wide leg cropped trousers with cut out crop top and high heels

More chic and smart casual look can be pulled off with wide leg black cropped trousers! Wear them with high heel sandals and cut out or lace top! Choose accessories and sunglasses depending on your own style preferences!

Found on fashionsy.com


#8 Strong Colors

What a better way of ending this guide on how to wear wide leg trousers than with some colorful & happy inspiration!

Chloe-Pre-SpringSummer-2014 vogueThese bright colored wide leg trousers are a perfect fit with striped top and high heel sandals. See the full collection from Chloe Spring/Summer 2014 collection to get inspired!

Found on vogue.co.uk

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Low-waist Diane Von Furstenberg red pants and American Apparel white crop top is the outfit that Karla Deras put together when choosing wide leg trousers.

Found on karlascloset.com

Spring/Summer season is all about colors and prints. When wearing a little more daring fashion elements such as wide leg trousers, choosing bright colors represents the last touch you should give to your outfit. Not anything over the edge, but classy and elegant choices  to draw even more attention to your beautiful silhouette!Make sure you match your bag and accessories with the rest of the outfit. The choice of shoes depends on the occasion and the mood of your outfit!

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Miroslava Duma rocking blue wide leg trousers at the NYFW. Add some beautiful prints and matching bag to bring out the colors. Also try having a top over the high-waist trousers when using belts to make the statement instead.

Found on fabsugar.com via Greg Kessler

Wide leg cropped trousers Yasmin Sewell

Wide leg cropped trousers from Paris fashion week worn with platform shoes, clutch bag and cashmere turtle neck. Always elegant Yasmin Sewell!

Found on silviaolsen.blogspot.com

Thinking of wearing wide leg trousers this summer? Did this article help you decide on what style suits you?

Comment below and let us know!

By | 2017-06-13T20:30:59+00:00 June 19th, 2014|Style|

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A fashion photographer from Estonia who is taking BA degree studies in Southampton Solent University, United Kingdom. Currently based in Lisbon, Portugal.
Fashion and photography have always been a great passion of mine, which is why, after a short period of art and photography studies in Odder, Denmark, I decided to commit myself to a BA degree in fashion photography to grow as an artist, improve the technical skills and deeply understand the behind the scene of fashion industry.
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