Go Wide This Autumn

30 September 2020

Wide leg trousers are back again this season. Take a look online or in stores and you will see a huge range – from structured smart suit styles to soft, flowing fabrics and then luxe versions in satin, sequins or faux leather.

Here are a few of my favourites…

Zara Faux Leather Culottes
Zara wide length trousers
ASOS Leopard print trousers
Wide leg trousers
Wide leg trousers
Wide leg trousers

Style Tips

Wide leg trousers are super flattering on most figures but balancing proportions can be tricky and I find some clients are unsure of what footwear to pair with them, especially when it comes to the cropped styles. Here’s my guide to making the most of the trend this season…

• Wear form-fitting tops with wide trousers unless it’s your style to wear clothing big and baggy. This doesn’t mean skin tight, just something that follows your figure so that you are not swamping your shape and adding extra volume.
• Tuck in your tops or ‘French tuck’ at the front to show your waist.
• If you have a fuller tummy and would rather not draw attention to this area, choose longer, loose-fitting tops in a flowing, light-weight fabric that collapses against your figure. Ensure the hemline does not end at the widest part of your hips or thighs. An asymmetric hemline can be very flattering.
• When wearing culottes or cropped wide leg trousers, be careful that the hemline does not end at the widest part of your calf.
• Wear footwear in the same or similar colour to your trousers to elongate your legs, especially if you’re petite. With culottes or cropped trousers you could choose nude footwear to match your skin tone.
• Long length wide leg trousers look best when they finish just above the floor giving a glimpse of your footwear. When they fall to the floor it shortens your appearance.
• If you are curvy, choose fabrics with flow, movement or stretch that work with your curves better than stiff, structured fabrics.
• Use colour or print tactically if you wish to minimise certain areas of your body. Draw attention away from your bottom half by wearing wearing a brighter top and / or eye-catching jewellery with trousers in a darker, neutral colour. To draw attention away from your top half, wear a brighter colour or print on your bottom half. A flow of colour from head to toe can also be very flattering. Add a pop of colour with your accessories.
• In colder months, wear cropped wide leg trousers or culottes with knee highs or fitted ankle boots to keep you warm. For longer styles, it really depends on your style and the occasion. For casual, Converse style sneakers or chunky trainers would look great. Stay on trend with chunky, platform style Chelsea boots. For a smarter look, choose a more refined style of boot with a heel – whichever height you prefer. For evening, heels, mules or sandals with a block or kitten heel look very stylish.

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