5 Ways to Wear Wide-Leg Pants

Don’t be intimidated by the look of the season. Underneath it all, wide-leg pants are supremely flattering and work-appropriate, too. Follow these guidelines to create your own foolproof pairings.


Choose a Wide-Leg Style With Clean Lines

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For optimal figure flattery, pick a pair of pants that fits nicely and seamlessly across the waist, gently falling away from the hips and thighs. Combined with a floor-length hem, this will create the illusion of mile-long legs in an instant. Design details, like front pockets or a high waist, will draw attention to the midsection, so be cognizant of these added details if you’re trying to conceal your midsection. Instead, look for a tailored waistband, which will provide structure and flatten.

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Enlist the Help of Platforms or Wedges

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Because the goal is to create the illusion of long and lean legs, wide-leg pants look their best when paired with a heel, ideally of the platform variety. Aim for a style that strikes the right balance between a modest heel height and just enough of a platform (about a half-inch or less) that the pant leg drapes nicely over the front of the shoe, without creating a fold in the fabric. Wedges and stacked-heel pumps will also help to create a streamlined appearance, and can provide versatility with heel height, too.

To buy: $ 180, lordandtaylor.com.


Balance Proportion With a Boxy, Slightly Cropped Top

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When incorporating flares into your arsenal, it’s important to be strategic about blouse pairings: The wrong cut will swallow your frame and hide your shape, while right one will result in a modern, figure-flattering outfit. Start by choosing a boxy style that hits at the waist and incorporates fit points, like darts or seaming, to provide definition to curves.

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Create Structure With a Tailored Jacket

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Paired with the loose fluidity of silk wide-leg pants or roomy wool trousers, a tailored vest or blazer has a slimming effect and, thanks to its polished appearance, will prevent the combination from looking sloppy.

A style that hits below the hip looks best worn open over a cropped top or tucked-in tee and floor-length pants, while a single-breasted blazer can be worn with a fitted tee or silky blouse, and will help to define the waist.

To buy: Vest, $85, nordstrom.com; Tee, $25, gap.com.


Look Effortlessly Chic With a Knit Sweater

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For a professional yet effortless look, a neutral knit sweater in a cropped tunic or turtleneck style will play down the formality of the sophisticated trousers while maintaining an air of elegance. This look will take you from desk to dinner, doubling as a cool-weather evening outfit when paired with statement earrings and a chic clutch.

To buy: $99, macys.com.