Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Trend Watch - Wide Leg Trousers

A spring trend I am pumped about are wide leg trousers. I can't tell you how many of these pants I kept hanging in my closet, hoping that they would make a comeback. Coming from the corporate world, I wore this style pant day in and day out. I have them in almost every basic color; red being no exception, as seen below.

Work Day: 

Nigh Play: 

Don't get me wrong, I am still a fan of tapered pants, leggings and skinny denim, but there is something about wide leg trousers that is so classic and versatile.

To prove my point, I created two style options, one for the office and the other for an evening dinner date or girls night out. Worn either way is a classy, put together and sophisticated combination.

I do suggest adding a pair of heels when wearing trousers. Doing so will accentuate your legs regardless of your height and lengthen the torso. My favorite places to shop for quality pants that have lasted me for years are The Limited, Express, J.Crew Factory and Banana Republic. Sometimes spending a little extra money on a piece that will last for years to come is worth it. I have owned some of my trouser pants for five years or more. I believe this is what some people call an investment piece. I call it smart shopping.

Shanna

46 comments:

Lins - Domesticated Working Woman said...

Being that I have an athletic build I loooove wide leg trousers! So excited for this trend. I like how you showed to wear them for night. Often I don't think to try things like that anywhere but work.

Chelsea Oliver said...

I have to admit that I am only a fan of a wide leg pant when it comes to office wear. Although I have some pants that I wouldn't really wear to work that have a wide leg, I don't what it is, I just never find a way to wear them unless it's a super simple outfit. Thanks for the inspiration!

-Chelsea
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Nina Piccini said...

A gorgeous trend I fear I will never hop onto. I'm just too dang short!

xo, Nina
afterthe40barfinish

Susan Jeffries said...

I love wide leg trousers and I am glad they are back in style! I need to invest in a good color for spring! Love the red! Susan

Becky M said...

I love the wide legged look! I am not sure if I could pull off the red, but I love the looks you styled!

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Paige Nicole said...

I will forever wear skinny jeans but I do love trousers with a wider leg!

Kimberly said...

Ooh I love this post because I have a pair of wide leg trousers in this same color from LOFT that are a couple years old. Every time I wear them, I get compliments - you are right, such a classic piece!

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Meredith said...

Umm, totally out of the fashion loop because I've never stopped wearing them to work. Express is my never fail for work pants! I have a similar pair of red pants and I'm just to nervous to wear them to work. :(

Sybil@PeaceitallTogether said...

I love both these looks! The red pants are amazing :)

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I typically avoid them because I typically avoid heels!

Shon said...

Yes! I have some hanging around too that I dared not part with for this very reason. Thanks for the post.

I need leopard shoes now!

Alyssa said...

I love the look of wide leg trousers, but I feel like I always drown in them because I'm so short. Maybe I just haven't found the right pair!

Heidi said...

I love wide leg trousers! Only pants that completely thin out my thighs :)

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Everday Fashion said...

Here's my thing with wide leg pants. I am 5'9" and you would think these would look good on me....they don't Not only do they make my leg look as wide as my hips (which I have some hips) they some how alter how I look - height wise and all.
xo, Lee

TheTinyHeart said...

Both looks are so gorgeous but my short self just cannot wear wide leg anything!

-Sharon
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Amy Shaughnessy said...

I have a pair of red pants just like these. I love both of these looks.

Amy

Bri Bliss said...

I love both of those outfits! I don't know where I'd wear the sparkly peplum... but I want it! And I agree, pants from BR always last forever.

Rebecca Lately said...

I've always been a fan of wide leg trousers and jeans, even though I'm super short :)

Kayla Gilbert said...

Cute looks Shanna! I LOVE wide leg trousers! So classic!

Kayla
www.lovelucygirl.com

Iris Hanlin - Writer/Photographer said...

I love Wide Leg Trousers, too. There are only a few certain ones I've been able to pull off because of my shape... Oh, curvy person problems. ;) Love the red, though!
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Nadine Lynn said...

Oh, this makes me so happy! Don't get me wrong, I love some skinny jeans and boots, but like you....I have a bin full of wide leg pants that I just knew would come back!

Darcy said...

I love how you took these from day to night! I can wear jeans to work. so I've never really invested in different pant options. I have one pair of black and one pair of gray for client events when I need to look a little nicer. A fun colored one might be a necessity when it gets a little nicer out!
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Helene in Between said...

I need to get in on this trend! I loooove the red!

Elle said...

I love how you styled the trousers from work to night. It really shows how you can change the appearance of these pants. By the way the red is gorg!

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MorganizewithMe said...

I didn't even know they were out, but that doesn't really surprise me that I didn't know that. I wore my wide leg pants with heels to church on Sunday, yay I'm in style. For now...

little things and elephants said...

I love the first look!
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Danielle said...

Shanna, how did you KNOW that I was looking for pants this color and more pants of this style? Thanks for this post! :)

-Danielle
Little Bit of WoWe

Sarah Tucker said...

I freaking LOVE these trousers. I have some and they make me look not 5 feet tall...which is amazing for a short person!

Niki {Glossy Blonde} said...

I am SO into the wider leg trousers lately, and I love both looks you put together (especially that nighttime look - so hot)! Once I save up a little bit of moolah I want to hire you for some styling!

Jeans and a Teacup said...

You know what - I almost bought a pair of wide leg trousers at Anthro but I was thinking "Are wide leg trousers in?" Good to know they are making a comeback! But they can be tricky for tall girls. You can get away with pants that are a little short when they are skinny jeans but not when you are wearing wide leg pants! "Where's the flood?!" haha....
~Jessica
Jeans and a Teacup

Head to Toe Chic said...

Those pants are so fun, and I love them with the outfits you created! Unfortunately wide leg pants look super strange on me since i'm so short. sadness.

xo,
Angela

Lisa said...

I just bought these pants, and the matching jacket (at 60% off!). I love this red suit trend right now (and the wide trousers).

Lisa @ Daily Style Finds

Nikki said...

I like wider leg trousers, especially for dressier occasions. Plus I feel like they make my thighs look less large. I really like the red pants!! Both looks are great!

Nikki
thefashionablewife.com

All That Glitters said...

So cute! You always have a great knack for picking out those great new trends! I love red pants too! Love it, as always:)

Chelsea said...

LOVE this look!

Jenn @ Party of One said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the wide leg trouser look :) I'm glad to hear the trend is coming back for Spring! These looks are perfect- think I'll be replicating them for sure! Great looks as always!

Jessica S said...

I love the wide leg trouser - something I think shorties like me & taller women alike can totally rock. And totally swooning over those leopard heels with the statement red!
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TexanCouture said...

I completely agree! I have a few pairs of adorable theory wide leg trousers that are begging to be worn!

Karly Kim said...

But seriously, what can't you wear?

Kathrin@shopschoolsleep said...

It's all i wear hahah...but I'm super picket they can't be super wide leg because then i just think I'm wearing bell bottoms and I hate that!! hahah great looks :)

Susan Liberatore said...

I kept mine also! Still love how these look with a pointy toe pump. Everything old is new again.

Tracy Walpole said...

ACK! I love these! I feel like those leopard heels need to come home with me....

OccasionallyAJ said...

I have plenty of pairs of dress pants but NO red! I think this needs to change, asap.

-AJ
OccasionallyAJ.com

Ashleigh said...

I love them in red! Our hotel has deemed skinny and cigarette cut trousers a big, fat NO no so it's wide legged and flared slacks for me. Too bad I can't wear red ones!
-Ash
www.thestylizedwannabe.com

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