How to Wear Wide Leg Pants
Extreme cut-out jeans, distressed denims and strappy trousers may have been the buzzing trend in the last few weeks of 2018 but the biggest trend that is here YET again at the start of this new year is the resurgence of wide leg pants. Of course, with the fashion trend moods for 2018 being heavily inspired by vintage and retro fashion of 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, flare pants and bell bottoms were due for a second round in 2019.
From the royal duchess Meghan Markle to the ever-so-classy Victoria Beckham – wide leg pants were spotted at casual gatherings, airports, urban sidewalks and even a few polo matches. But it really was supermodel Sara Sampaio who ultimately took wide leg trousers to the red carpet when she showed up in a pastel blue pair of flare bottoms styled with a chic vintage beige top.
The thing with wide leg pants is – they suit everyone! Literally everyone. Especially when they are cut high on the waist. From hourglass figures to straight column to apple shaped beauties – a classic high-rise flare bottom or wide leg trousers flatter everyone’s size and shape.
Still not sure how to wear flare pants? Let’s figure it out together.
1- The Dressed-Up Denim Look
Flare pants or bell bottoms come in all sorts of styles and fabrics. From plain cotton, classic khakis, and fall-loving plaid to even boho flowy silk, these can be found pretty much in any style. For the first outfit idea, let’s work with a pair of denim flare pants.
Since denim speaks volumes of cool & casual urban chic style, we suggest you pair it with a loose breezy beige or cream top. Go for satin or even chiffon tops. If you are petite, tuck in your blouse to your high-rise flare pants to emphasize the sleek slim figure. Layer a structured blazer on top for a poised and polished dressed up look giving off work vibes.
Go for heels, especially if you are petite so that the flared hemline doesn’t get lost and create a nice statement. We suggest a nice satchel handbag to finish off the look.
2- The Edgy Street Style Look
Everything Meghan Markle does becomes news, especially her excellent taste when it comes to styling. Back when skinnies and knee ripped jeans were the popular urban street style trend, Markle rocked that trend like no other.
And, now when wide leg pants are in vogue, she is here to inspire others about how to style bell bottoms. For a laid-back, relaxed fashion sidewalk kind of look – we suggest you get a pair of black bell bottoms. Black pairs well with most items in your attire, giving you liberty to use that basic key garment for multiple outfits.
For an edgy and cheeky look, we suggest pairing the black wide leg trousers with something sassy and trendy. Try a cold shoulder ruffled top for a sexy yet classy fashion statement. Finish off the look with red pumps to keep up the vibe.
For a dressed down look, a casual black top with a plunging neckline would work well with bell bottoms. Try going for black kitten heels with gold accent. Comb your hair back, put sunnies on and you are ready to go about town looking like a million-dollar fashionista.
3- Minimalist Boss-lady Look
Black wide leg pants are a versatile piece of clothing. Depending heavily on the choice of your top, you can come out with outfit combos for almost every occasion. For a very clean, poised, practical work outfit – how about styling your wide leg pants with a nice slim-fit sleeveless shirt in block print, plaids or tartan? Go for something with a collar to give it that sharp edge of work outfit.
Accessorize with a nice heavy metal watch and a leather clutch. For shoes, go with the classic pointy toes high heel pumps, they never get out of style!
Bohemian fashion has become an integral part of mainstream fashion these days. From cuts to prints to styles, boho-chic is the new cool! Why not get a pair of printed wide leg pants to recreate your fave looks from the rave and festival season?
When it comes to bohemian fashion, you can never really go wrong with lace tops. Pair a white lace top with printed bell bottoms. If you want to keep things a little dressed up, we suggest a top that ends right above your waist and is tailored to figure-fit style. Accessorize with a strand of pearls for a touch of sheer elegance or a choker to add some edginess to your outfit.
Style your hair in beachy waves. For shoes, we suggest white block heels to keep up with the overall white theme.
If you want to do something vibrant and loud – we suggest pairing an oversized floral top to go with white bell bottoms. But for this look, the more flowy the top is, the better. If it is sheer, wear a crochet bralet underneath that’s another fashion trend. For shoes, go with either wedges or ankle strap heels.
5- A Cropped Festival Look
Neutral colors like gray, beige or even light pink would work best for a cropped festival look using wide leg pants. Go monochromatic or play with textures! Think of a classic gray wide legged pant paired with a sexy gray crop top if you're going overboard with accessories.
Or you can play with the classic matching crop top and bell bottom look that is a favorite at festivals.
For shoes, go with classic high heel pumps or comfy heels that are stood the test of parties.
Wide leg pants are here to stay. And, you can literally style them in a million ways to fit your lifestyle. It’s high time you jump on the fashion bandwagon and get yourself a pair of these retro flare pants!
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