Wednesday, January 26, 2011

How to Wear Wide Leg Jeans and Pants

Rachel Roy, Janet Jackson, Sherri Saum (Source -

Wide leg jeans and pants are a major trend for fall and even carrying on into spring.  There are right and wrong ways to wear these jeans - you need to know your body shape when you are looking for these jeans.  If you get something too long, too tight, or too lose, you can look bulky or lost in fabric.  I'm petite myself (5'1"), and I have experienced the hideousness of unflattering jeans.  

Here are three outfits to get you started on the trend:

Wide Leg Jeans Part 1

Turtleneck, $20
Plaid Jacket, $40
Jeans, $50
Nine West Pumps, $40
Faux Crocodile Handbag, $19
Faux Pearl Necklace w/ Flower, $9.80
Belt, $34

For colder temps, tuck a fitted turtleneck into your wide leg jeans, and add some round toe pumps to elongate your legs.  To keep the look feminine and sophisticated, add a faux pearl necklace and a hot handbag.  The plaid jacket breaks up the solid colors. 

Wide Leg Pants Part 2

Tube Top, $20
Jeans, $76
Ed Hardy Casablanca Wedge, $45
Hobo Bag, $50
Bangles, $6.99
Hoop Earrings, $45

When the weather heats up, try a pair of light wash jeans with a tube top (tucked in!).  Add some cute wedges (I'm in love with this Ed Hardy pair!) with simple bangles and hoops.  If you need more coverage, try a boho-inspired top with a bright belt.

Wide Leg Pants Part 4

T-Shirt, $50
Jeans, $90
Pumps, $24
Ottoman Clutch, $35
Bracelet, $31
Hoop Earrings, $10
Fedora Hat, $25

I love this funky nighttime look!  The dark wash adds a dressy vibe to a plain t-shirt, and round toe pumps gives a sexy boost to the outfit.  Give the outfit some spunk with a plaid fedora and a pink cuff bracelet, which also adds a pop of color.

Some tips for wearing wide leg jeans/pants:
  • Tuck in your shirts to define your waist.  Also, add a belt for even more waist definition.  You want to accentuate your body, not hide it.
  • Opt for round toe or open toe shoes.  No tall boots or pointy shoes please!
  • Petite women, be aware of hemlines.  Your pants should skim the ground, not the bottom of your shoes.
  • Wear high-waist wide leg jeans with caution.  Get the right fit so you don't look like you're wearing "mom" jeans..yuck.
For more tips, check out this article.


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