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How To Wear Wide Leg Trousers

by Chloe Wilshere, Content Creator

The wide-leg trouser is a classic cut that will never go out of fashion. But if you’re one of those that adopted skinny jeans when they first came into fashion and haven’t managed to wriggle your legs out of them since, then a wide leg trouser can appear very daunting.

These days the wide leg trouser has become increasingly more flattering. Thanks to higher waistbands that allow your legs to look longer and the broad spectrum of colours and prints available, there really is a wide leg trouser out there for everyone.

Whilst wide leg trousers are certainly nothing new to the fashion scene, they have seen an increase in popularity over the past year thanks to two-piece suits being back on trend. So with the help of some of our favourite celebrities, we’ve rounded up 16 ways to wear a wide leg trouser.

1. Irina Shayk

Wide-leg trousers can sound daunting, but the term ‘wide’ covers a range of different styles. Whether it’s extra wide, flared or something more on the fitted side, there is a wide leg style out there for everyone.

Irina Shayk wears a wide, straight leg trouser. The straight fit of the trouser means that there is the same amount of volume all the way down the leg, the perfect wide leg style to take on if you’re an early adopter to the wide leg trouser trend and don’t know where to start. Irina simply pairs her wide leg trousers with a matching tie waist blazer, boots and handbag ready to head out for dinner.

2. Camille Morrone

A cropped wide-leg trouser, otherwise known as the culotte, can be a tricky trouser to master, especially if you’re a skinny jean devotee. But much like the midi skirt, a cropped wide leg trouser gives you the option to show a little leg without bearing all to the elements, making them the perfect trouser choice for spring.

Camille Morrone styles the classic cropped wide leg with a pair of 90s strappy sandals, a simple t-shirt and an oversized blazer. Making for the perfect spring time outfit.

3. Tracee Ellis Ross

There’s nothing more chic than a pair of printed wide-leg trousers. Easy to throw on and the perfect trouser that’s smart enough for a day in the office and easily transformed for drinks in the evening. But we know that a pair of printed wide-leg trousers can seem intimidating, especially if you feel like they edge too close to pyjama territory.

But as Tracee Ellis Ross demonstrates, a printed wide-leg trouser is nothing to be afraid of. The key to styling is to ensure you keep your top half simple and let the trousers do the talking. Tracee wears a black lace cami top with her black and white houndstooth wide-leg trousers, an outfit that’s great for day or night. This style of outfit can also be easily transitioned into a simple daytime look by swapping the cami for a simple t-shirt and adding trainers.

4. Lucy Hale

Much like a printed pair of wide-leg trousers, going for a bold colour can be just as daunting. But the trick to styling a bold colour wide leg trouser is to again keep everything on the top super simple and plain.

Lucy Hale demonstrates this perfectly by wearing her mustard yellow wide-leg trousers with a black satin puff sleeve top, accessorised with yellow bag and white court heels.

This is the sort of outfit that can be easily dressed down by a change of accessories. Go for a trainer and cross-body bag to make the outfit weekend-appropriate.

5. Michelle Keegan

Wide leg trousers are a holiday essential. They allow you to feel relaxed and comfortable, but as Michelle Keegan shows they can also look super glam if you’re going on a girl’s holiday.

Michelle wears her wide-leg trousers with a matching crop top and accessorises with a straw bag, white heel and gold 90s-style sunglasses. The perfect glammed up outfit to sit around the pool and drink cocktails in whilst still feeling comfortable too.

6. Rosie Huntington Whiteley

If the wide leg trouser trend is something you’re used too and not afraid to wear, then why not take it a step further by taking some style tips from Rosie Huntington Whiteley.

She styles a pair of striped wide-leg trousers with a matching duster jacket. A look that we love, and that she clearly did too as we spotted she uploaded several images of the outfit onto Instagram in one day.

7. Jhene Aiko

If you’re looking for a festival trouser then the wide-leg trouser is the only trouser you should be looking for. The wide leg is perfect for festivals thanks to them being lightweight and comfortable for a hot summer's day.

Jhene Aiko styles the wide leg trouser with simply a bralet, kimono and flatform sandal at Coachella festival. If you’re not feeling quite as brave as Jhene to go out in just a bralet, a lace crop top, bodysuit or logo tee also fits the bill for an easy festival look.

8. Kendall Jenner

Trousers of all kinds with slits in them are big news. But they’re even bigger news in the wide leg trouser department.

Kendall Jenner wears the new trend with a white corset-detail shirt, shoulder bag and comfy trainers.

9. Victoria Beckham

If there’s one person to take inspiration from on how to wear a wide leg trouser, it’s definitely Victoria Beckham. VB knows how to find the perfect fit that shapes around the body and makes your legs look super long and extended.

She achieves this by choosing a wide leg trouser that has a super high waist that elongates the look of the legs and cinches in at the waist with a belt. She also opts for a pair of wide leg trousers that aren’t overly wide, keeping the wideness mainly at the hem of the trouser with a tight fit around the bum and thighs.

10. Hailey Bieber

With the current state of the world and a lockdown looming, one way to wear the wide-leg trouser that we’ll certainly be adopting for the foreseeable future is in all forms of loungewear.

Hailey Bieber wears a beige knitted wide-leg trouser with matching top and long-sleeve cardigan paired simply with trainers, sunglasses and gold jewellery.

11. Rosalia

Have we mentioned before that we love spots this season? Yep, well we’re mentioning it again. And we love new pop sensation and best friend of Kylie Jenner, Rosalia, in her wide leg spotty trousers with matching top and contrasting spot oversized blazer.

If you’re looking for an ‘out out’ outfit, then this could be the perfect option for you. Whether you go for print or keep it plain, a wide leg trouser with a bandeau crop top makes for the perfect outfit for a night on the town.

12. Clelia Theodorou

With your girls holiday looming, you’re on the hunt for the perfect outfit to sit around the pool in and definitely not get wet in.

And if you’re planning to head to pool or beach clubs and are struggling for cover-ups, then a wide leg trouser is the perfect purchase.

13. Bella Hadid

Bella Hadid takes on the wide-leg trouser in the most cool and up to date way. She pairs her pinstripe wide-leg trousers with a white t-shirt, bumbag and trainers. A super easy, throw on outfit that is great for the everyday and would also look great dressed up for a festival.

14. Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez goes for gold in a pair of gold wide-leg trousers.

We love nothing more than a pair of sequin wide leg trousers for the festive season, but we love them even more for festival season.

While Selena Gomez wears her sequin wide leg trousers with a t-shirt and trench coat, for summertime festivals you can wear a pair of sequin detail wide-leg trousers with a crop top or bodysuit worn simply with trainers.

15. Emily Ratajkowsi

Emily Ratajkowski wears the wide-leg trouser in our favourite way for spring. And that’s in a magenta pink suit.

Her wide leg trousers are slim fitting at the top to add length to her legs while her blazer with a tie waist detail cinches the waist in.

16. Kate Bosworth

The wide leg isn’t only a feature on the trouser – it’s big news on jeans too.

Kate Bosworth shows us her festival style by wearing a pair of white wide leg jeans with a white crop top and matching denim jacket.

Although we probably wouldn’t be brave enough to wear white denim to any festivals in the UK with our luck on the weather front, it does make for the perfect spring outfit.

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