Step Back Into the Relaxed Style of Wide-Leg Pants
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Skinny jeans and skin-tight pants are no more. They have seemingly run their course, and now it’s time to step back into the relaxed style that’s made many appearances over the decades. Mainly being popular in the ‘20s and then reappearing in the ‘90s to early 2000s, wide-leg pants are having a resurgence yet again. They’ve been seen on celebs, most notably Harry Styles over the last couple of years, and are now being sold at almost every major retail brand.
No, we don’t need to go back to ‘90’s wildly wide JNCO jeans (although those have made somewhat of a comeback too), but more relaxed styles are definitely in demand. And just because they’re called “wide-leg pants” doesn’t mean they aren’t flattering. Too often, loose or baggier clothes can be seen as slouchy, informal or dowdy. There has to be a right balance of additional fabric while keeping the right proportions to positively accentuate the body.
Just make sure you’re picking a wide-leg pant that fits your body type. If you’re a bit shorter and/or have a slimmer frame, a tapered, relaxed fit will let you be on trend without swallowing you whole. If you’re taller or have a bigger build, a pant that’s wider in the hips, thighs and legs will allow you to be comfortable and chic. If you have trouble finding a wide-leg that works for your body type, try to find one with adjustable cords or snaps to help you adjust to fit your needs.
Whether you want a pant that’s ready for the office, fancy dinners or just to wear on casual errands, there’s a wide-leg option that keeps you both stylish and extremely comfortable. You don’t have to suffer in tight, cramped clothing anymore. The below picks can be dressed up or down, allowing you to add your own unique style to any outfit.
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Fried Rice Adjustable Ankle Wide Leg Pants
These wide-leg pants from Fried Rice are unique in that they’re adjustable. They feature fasteners at the hem to take these pants from wide to tapered in just a couple of snaps. They include hand-stitched sashiko style embroidery on the front and back pockets, details that help bring this neutral cream color to life. Made from comfortable cotton, you’ll be able to wear these all day, looking stylish from grabbing a morning coffee to having a nice dinner with friends.
Everlane Wide Leg Performance Chino
Everlane takes one of their best-selling staples and introduced a wide-leg version. They have everything we’ve loved about the original chinos: they’re sweat-wicking, quick-drying, and have four-way stretch. The relaxed fit and cropped ankle ensure maximum comfort without sacrificing style. It’s a great pick that truly combines fashion and function.
River Island Tapered Fit Twill Trousers
If you want to dip a toe into wide-leg pants, consider tapered trousers like these from River Island. They balloon around the thighs and taper just a little bit to form a sleek silhouette. The stitching on the pockets channel more workwear while the fabric marries workwear with more traditional twill trousers. These trousers are extremely versatile since they can be dressed up or down depending on the vibe of the occasion, changing with how you style them. These will quickly become a staple piece in your wardrobe.
Saturdays NYC Jungle Floral Printed George Trouser
This printed trouser from Saturdays NYC is a relaxed fit, pull-on pant that offers exceptional comfort with an exciting look. It features the brand’s gorgeous Spring ’22 Jungle Floral print that’s modern, abstract and full of color. The white stitching not only holds the fabric together but offers some textural details for the eye. Just pull these on and be on your way. Being fashionable has never been so easy.
Abercrombie Loose Utility Pant
Workwear-inspired pants are trending right now, and these Abercrombie utility pants are nailing the trend by offering a unique perspective. These pants are made from ripstop fabric, providing a really great texture to touch and horizontal lines for added visual interest. The knee seams and back flap patch pockets are also added utility style details. These pants are perfect for an easy-going style.
COS Wide-Leg Twill Chinos
Every man needs a good pair of navy dress pants, and this COS wide-leg chino is the new staple for your closet. Crafted from 100% organic cotton, these relaxed pants are soft and suitable for work, cocktail parties and anytime you want to dress it up. The fit flatters the waist and backside, with a straighter fit down the leg, opening just a bit wider towards the calves. This pants feels and looks expensive and refined. It’s a classic look brought into the modern age.
Reigning Champ Midweight Relaxed Terry Sweatpant
These sweatpants from Reigning Champ bring the comfort of midweight terry in a structured, wide-leg pant that’s flattering without being slouchy. These sweatpants are high quality, being handcrafted in Vancouver. They feature jersey-lined hand pockets for ultimate hand comfort and have woven drawcords at the hems for a more fitted look. You can look effortlessly cool and casual in these, especially if you grab the matching sweatshirt for a full monochromatic look.
Lululemon ABC Relaxed-Fit Crop Pant Utilitech
Looking for a jean/performance pant crossover? Lululemon is known for athleisure pants that combine comfort and style in a pair that’s truly made to move. They’re abrasion-resistant, have four-way stretch and even feature reflective details on the cuffs when you flip them up, so you could even go for a run in these if you wanted to. They’re the ultimate workhorse: you could take ONLY these on a weekend trip and be set for any and all that comes your way.
Banana Republic Dockside Pant
The Dockside Pant from Banana Republic takes a workwear style and makes it much more luxurious. It’s made from a blend of natural linen and soft cotton which feels light and luscious against the skin. It’s garment-dyed for a worn-in feel and has plenty of functionality: a drawstring waist, reinforced knee panels, and loop at the right-hand side for keychains or other must-haves. It’s another chameleon pair that really changes depending on styling.
Stoic Carpenter Pants
If you’re looking for something with a little more fun, this pant from Stoic adds just the right amount of flair to the classic carpenter. It combines the traditionally rugged style with a modern camo print that’s almost floral. The cotton twill fabric provides durability and all-day comfort while the utility pockets and hammer loop keep you work ready, whether you intend to actually use them for work or just want the look. This pant combines function and whimsy for a stand-out addition to your outfit.
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