Every season, a certain silhouette has a major moment, be it a midi skirt, a flowing maxi dress, or a skinny jean. Interestingly, however, the silhouette that is having its moment in the sun this season—wide leg pants—is less trend, more timeless. Yes, thanks to heavyweight brands like Christian Dior and Derek Lam, not to mention top tastemakers like Charlize Theron and Doutzen Kroes, wide leg pants are making a classic comeback. On that note, if you want to learn how to make this look your own, click through to today’s Trend Report to discover all the need-to-know details!
There are many ways to try this trend, but if you are looking for a “red carpet” moment, make sure you take notes from Charlize Theron, who wore a lavender top and grey wide leg pants, both by Roland Mouret, to the GQ Men of the Year awards earlier this month in London. By balancing the billowy silhouette of her pants with a flirty top, Charlize has created an ultra-sexy ensemble that definitely makes a statement on the red carpet. To make this look your own, pick up Alice + Olivia’s Eric Wide Leg Pants ($275) or J Crew’s Wide-Leg Stretch-Wool Pants ($150) and pair it with Robbi & Nikki’s Silk Mesh Top ($77.50).
Despite the fact that your wide leg pants should cover your shoes, that doesn’t make your choice of footwear any less important. That said, we suggest checking out the ensemble Poppy Delevigne put together for a recent fashion week show. Her outfit—a lace top, tailored trousers, and peep-toe heels—is a perfect example of how to choose the right footwear for this trend. A stacked heel is an absolute must, but we also suggest you pick a feminine shoe that balances the “borrowed from the boys” vibe that these pants evoke. Ready to try? Pick up Free People’s Dotted Lace Tee ($58) and pair it with Robert Rodriguez’s Wide Leg Pants ($295) and ASOS’s Paranormal Platform Shoes ($50.31).
Nothing says ‘classic’ like a black and white palette, which is just one of the reasons we love Doutzen Kroes’s take on this trend. The ensemble that Doutzen wore to a party in New York City earlier this month—specifically, a cropped white top and tailored black pants—definitely has a timeless vibe. But, thanks to the sexy hint of skin, it feels oh-so modern. By adding just a few simple accessories, Doutzen has stayed true to the classic-chic vibe of the outfit. Inspired? Try this look for yourself by picking up Twist & Tango’s Kimono Top ($64.03) and pairing it with Theyskens’ Theory’s Padam Wide Leg Pants ($465) or Oasis’s Wide Leg Pants ($91.48).
One of the things we love most about this trend is that it spans so many different styles. For instance, take a look at how Selita Ebanks gave this trend a bohemian spin simply by choosing pieces with a 70s-inspired vibe: a printed blouse, a long pendant, and rust-colored trousers. The result is a look that stays true to Selita’s overall aesthetic, but feels totally fresh and, of course, on trend. To take notes from Selita and give this trend your own bohemian touch, pick up Winter Kate’s Tilapia Blouse ($219) and pair it with Diane von Furstenberg’s Rein Ann Wide Leg Pants ($345) or Full Circle’s Tailored Wide Leg Trousers ($164.66). Then, simply add Cara Accessories’ Pendant Necklace ($34.97).
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