Here’s How to Wear Wide-Leg Pants and Not Look Balloon-y
These seven styles prove it
Sweet relief: You can finally peel off your skinny jeans and leather leggings and switch them out for a comfier, fresher style. Hello, wide-leg trousers. Just follow these suggestions for how to wear them without looking like the Michelin Man. And enjoy the feel of a flowing fabric against your legs. Sexy.
Add A Full Crop Top
Your shirt hem is high enough to show the top of the trousers, so there’s still a bit of nipped-in waist going on. And the top is loose enough that the look is cool and elegant.
Get the look: HD in Paris top ($118) and Tracy Reese pants ($298); Rachel Comey top ($265) and pants ($368)
High Waisted FTW
Your midsection is defined by the tailoring on top of the pants, so you don’t have the dreaded tummy pooch effect. Tuck in your sweater or blouse so everyone can see that yes, you do have a waistline.
Get the look: XOXO ($35); Vince ($177); Jesse Kamm ($395)
Basic Black is the Gateway Look
A modest proposal: Trade in your skinny jeans for a pair of black wide-leg trousers and see if you’re not suddenly more chic. And a thousand times more comfortable.
Get the look: Topshop ($100); J. Crew ($118); Tibi pants ($575)