Spotlight On: Wide Leg Pants
At the moment I am totally obsessing on wide leg pants. I own a few pairs but none of them are perfect. The pair I like the best is a size 4, which I can kind of squeeze myself into, but more often than not they end up looking not cute. The next favorite pair really needs to be hemmed. And after that I don’t like any of the rest for various reasons. So I am on a mission to find the perfect pair of wide leg trousers.
See the pants above? That is pretty much what I am talking about. Notice they are wide starting at the hip, but they aren’t so wide that she looks like a clown. Also notice the model wears the pants with a fitted shirt that is tucked in. That is key when wearing a wide leg trouser. Proportion is everything. You don’t want to wear a long shirt or a wide shirt (or for the love of all things, both) You need to think tailored and fitted. I also believe a wide trouser should either hit the floor or be only 1/2 inch above the floor including the shoe. If you wear this type of pant too short it will throw off the entire outfit.
Unfortunately wide leg pants are a bit hard to come by, at least here in the States. The good news is, if you live in the UK or EU, there are plenty of reproduction clothing companies that make trousers. I have split this round-up by location. But please remember, most companies ship world-wide, so if you see something you love from a different part of the world, you can probably still purchase it.
I start with my favorite pair of pants by Heyday!. Though Heyday! is better known for their dresses, they also make a fabulous pair of trousers. These are high waisted with a gorgeous drape. They come in several different colors and fabrics, which you can peruse HERE.
Next on the list is Vivien Of Holloway. These are highly regarding with the vintage crowd and are definitely worth a shot. They too come in many different colors and fabrics. HERE
Here is a company that is new to me. Big Beautiful Barbara Brown is a UK company that makes some great reproduction garments. I especially like the small waist/big hips on this pair of trousers. HERE
Normally I would suggest starting with a dark shade so as not to look too much like a circus performer, but I thought this shade of red was gorgeous, so I am including them in this round-up. They also come in black and navy. HERE
This is the best priced pant in the collection. At only $50 they are fairly inexpensive and also come in black. I have to note that I personally think the hem is too short on this model and I believe should be extended by at least 1-2 inches. I longer pant with a high heel makes your waist look tiny. Khaki HERE/ Black HERE
Now this is what I call a wide leg pant! Notice the width starts right at the high point of the hip/thigh. I think this can be very flattering on a curvier girl. If you like the fabric and shape of these pants, but are concerned they might be too wide, the chances are you will have to have them hemmed, and your tailor should be able to take out some fullness to achieve the width you are going for. HERE
A high wasted black pant is a classic. These come with either a 1″ waistband with two front darts for those women who are shorter waisted or a 2″ waistband with four darts at front for women with higher waist to hip ratios as well as those with longer waists. I have a high waist to hip ratio so I really appreciate this detail. HERE
Apparently Alice & Olivia have been showing some wide leg pants this year. This pair is very expensive, but the cut is superb, it has a high waist, and the waistband is made of leather- a modern detail that I like. It keeps me from looking like I am in a vintage costume. I love the head to toe vintage look on others, but I tend to slide more to the “retro” or “classic” side of things. HERE
Speaking of A&O, here is an elegant pair of wide leg, black satin pants on sale! Score! HERE
As I mentioned before, it is a tad bit difficult to wear a wide leg pant, especially now-a-days when everything is so form fitting. But if you keep your proportions correct, this can be a very glamorous and comfortable look. Just keep your hemline long, your heels high, and accentuate your waist by tucking in a body conscious top. You don’t want to wear anything over sized or flowing on top- keep it neat and tailored and you will look gorgeous!