BIG & BAGGY, VERY LONG, WIDE LEGGED PANTS

If you were a teenager in the late 90’s or the Noughties, there is a good chance that you may have worn a pair of JNCO or a version of the cult baggy, flared jeans. There is also a good chance that you parents hated those jeans with a passion.  Often worn slung off the hips – or far lower, encrusted with dirt, the hems were always worn-out and filthy around the bottom and Mothers everywhere pleaded…

 

PLEEEEAAASE let me wash them. Look at the bottoms… ripped to shreds!

We haven’t seen your feet for 6 months!

You look ridiculous. How can you even walk in them? You CAN”T even walk in them!!

 

And actually that part was quite true; I could barely walk in mine, it was more of a slow (parent enraging) shuffle really – building to a ‘thhhhwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, if you picked up any pace. Climbing stairs was a problem and I remember almost breaking my neck while running for a bus – a combination of excess denim and the sticky rubber sole of my purple suede Wannabes – and honestly, could anyone really skate in them?

Wide leg pants 90s

It wasn’t a style I stuck with for long because for me, Grunge erred on the girly side with slip dresses, floral prints, fishnet tights, platform shoes and Doc Martens, so the heavy baggy (dare I say it, unflattering?) 20+ inch flares and baggy top didn’t rock my boat, but the new trouser shapes on the runways for Fall/Winter 2017 and 2018 Resort give me hope. Far more flattering, the super wide legs are balanced with a higher waist (even for the boys!) and with 30’s 70’s and 90’s influences, there is a style to please all of us.

Wide leg pants 2018

Hello Long Legs!    Both Solace London and Topshop’s jeans are higher on the waist and the flare falls from the hip, lengthening the leg and accentuating the waist. Win win! Topman’s 90’s style jeans hang straight and are worn higher on the waist too, so no bums on show here.

Wide-leg Oscar De La Renta

Oscar De La Renta 2018 Resort Collection; Bleached out denim and cool cotton, wide legged pants paired with a boyish shirt, or a basic tee and a slim fitting androgynous jacket and the shoulder baring sailor shirt and wide pants are reminiscent of Coco Chanel’s very first ‘Nautical Collection’ in 1917.

Wide Leg Pants Vintage

Take some styling tips fo from some master trouser wearers – see how Coco Chanel’s tuxedo jacket lapels point into the waist? Match your super baggy trousers with some masculine tailoring and tomboyish basics, but  don’t forget to narrow your silhouette at the waist, underneath your jacket too.

Wide leg denim now

Happening right now. GET involved…

Great news, you can still do a cropped top with high waisted big baggy flares and will for the foreseeable future! A baggy onesie jumpsuit from Native Youth and  an.urban Katherine Hepburn-esque baggy jeans and t shirt combo.

Wide leg AG Lana

AG ‘The Lana’ jeans come in indigo, black and classic engineer stripes and have a lovely Seventies-Mom vibe.

Style them with flat slides, a peasant blouse or a stripey t-shirt and a French market basket now, then throw on a blazer for fall and channel Jane Birkin.

Wide leg pants

Pretty Sweet; candy stripes from Johanna Ortiz; Underwear as outerwear #stillgoingstrong at Miu Miu; and be sure to find the perfect heels or wedge to let these Solace London silky beauties almost graze the floor – or good luck with the dry cleaning later!   

Wide Leg Pants and Double Denim

Ulla Johnson and Valentino 2018 Resort, making a case for double denim. A far cry from the Canadian Tuxedo, Doubling up  CAN be pulled off with some thoughtful styling. Think about textures and shading, work some pretty, or tough details and definitely don’t think ‘Britney & Justin’.

wide legged pants

From left: Luxurious camel from the neck down works on Imaan Hammam, with her long limbs and torso, in Vogue magazine for Fall 2017 (photo from @imaanhamman instagram);

Working curves with a perfect balance of floor length draped fabric, and a generous amount of skin. Note how the wide open necked shirt and knotted waist create a flattering triangle shape (wide at the shoulders and narrow at the waist) photo of @poshdollaz from the @blackgirlswhoblog instagram account;

You have to be careful not to become ‘swamped’ by any A-line separates worn on top of wide, flared pants, but this floral flouncy blouse works for two reasons – it’s short enough to reveal the narrow fit at the hips and the cold shoulder (and beaming smile!) draw the eye upwards and ‘lengthen’ her petite body. Photo from @versona_slidell instagram.

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