I love shopping for clothes (even if it’s just “window shopping” online). But things are different when you’re pregnant – at least for me. I can totally skip the second floor at Nordstrom (I would be so depressed if I wandered the floor). I mainly hit the shoes, makeup, and designer handbags. And then I convince myself to save my pennies. That sounds terribly depressing, but it’s not, I promise! Really, I’ve been living in pieces from my maternity capsule collection and a few oversized dresses (like this one). Anyway, I tell you all this because even though I’ve curtailed my wandering sartorial eye, there’s one trend I seem to be overly attracted to and missing as I get ready for spring/summer fashion. Those wide leg pants (or palazzo pants) just get me every time!
I was scared of the wide leg trend for a while, but then I whole-heartedly fell in love. If you’re still on the fence about the style, here are a few questions answered to try to convince you to give them a go!
Side Note – looking at that photo above, I think it might be time for white nail polish soon!!!
How to Style Wide Leg Pants
There are a few styles of wide leg pants. I think you absolutely have to go with higher-waisted pairs. The combination of the low waist and largess size of the leg just isn’t flattering on most body shapes.
So, because you’re opting for a high waist AND because the pants aren’t fitted, I recommend a fitted top.
If you look at this wide leg pants outfit for spring and this one for work, you’ll see fairly fitted tees and tanks TUCKED IN! Most wide leg trousers have fun details around the waist (e.g. ties, bows, belts, etc.), so let that be your pop of fun!
6. June & Hudson Print High Waist Trousers
7. Loveappella Wide Leg Trousers
8. 1.STATE Wide Leg Trousers
9. J.Crew. Point Sur Washed Wide Leg Crop
10. CeCe Button Detail Crop Pants
What Shoes to Wear with Palazzo Pants
The options for shoes with wide leg pants are endless, but I have a few thoughts. Obviously heels would look great – elongating your leg. If you aren’t into heels, however, then any sort of tailored shoe would work.
I would avoid a sluffy sandal or sneaker. Remember, you want to pair classic and tailored with the wide legs. And I’d avoid flats if the pants are a little too long. Try to make the rest of your outfit as minimalistic (in terms of cut) as possible!
Cropped or Full Length Wide Leg Pants
So I think you could go either way with this one. The tricky part of the wide leg pants trend isn’t those last six inches, so you pick out what feels best. And another tip. If you’re just experimenting with your first pair, go with black. It’s universally flattering and a great way to ease into the silhouette without anything too shocking!