Let’s talk about how to wear wide leg pants.
Wide-leg, lightweight pants are a fabulous option in the summer if you want an alternative to shorts or capris.
BUT, they are one of the tricker bottoms to wear because the success of the look is dependent on balancing proportions.
You can’t just throw on any top.
So today, I’m breaking down how to wear wide leg pants, with three outfits that can take you pretty much anywhere this summer.
How to Wear Wide Leg Pants
Wide Leg Linen Pants, $40
First, let’s talk about what to look for in the pants
Our featured pants are from Old Navy. They are a Reader Favorite from the past few weeks, so I thought it would be helpful to use them.
They are available in regular, tall and petite, from XS – 4X, in four colors. Regular price is $39.99 with 30% off at checkout.
Like many wide leg pants, these are high waisted.
That’s important to note because it comes into play with the featured tops.
And they are going to skim your ankles.
Generally, the area around the top of your ankle to the bottom of your calf is the ideal spot for your hem to stop when wearing a summer style pant.
Once you start cutting through the calf, you enter capri territory, and we all know how I feel about that.
Depending on your frame, the width of the pant may be overwhelming.
If that happens, remember, you can have these easily altered by having some of the fullness taken out of the leg.
Or you can swap them with a slimmer leg pant, like these drawstring bottoms from J.Crew on sale for $65.
So how are we wearing these?
The outfits below are perfect for summer, dressed up or down.
As always, you can shop this post full of practical recommendations OR use it as inspiration so you can see how the components work together and pull from your own closet.
Key Piece: Wide Leg Pants, $40 | Outfit 1: T-Shirt, $68 |Birkenstocks, $170 | Necklace, $175 | Knotted Handbag, $34 | Outfit 2: Shirred Sleeveless Top, $68 | Strappy Sandals, $60 | Crossbody Bag, $40 | Hoop Earrings | Outfit 3: Boatneck Tank, $35 | Denim Jacket, $118 | Pointed Toe Mule, $90 | Crossbody Bag, $78
For a laid-back casual look, throw on a boxy white tee.
You want this to sit just slightly over your waistband.
If it’s a little long, you can half tuck, but the idea here is that because of the high-waisted cut of the pants, you can wear a shorter top and create a fun silhouette while maintaining the length of your legs.
Another top option that would work well and is under $25 is this one from the Banana Republic. They call it “cropped,” but it’s not; it’s just not long.
You can see the model has it tucked.
BUT if you don’t like half-tucking, you can wear this out and get the same effect.
To add some polished I added this gorgeous statement necklace.
The oversized gold buckle is funky in a good way.
I love this next look, featuring a floral sleeveless top from Treasure & Bond. The color combination is beautiful, mixing pale blue, gold, black, and ivory. It works wonderfully with the bottoms.
You have many shoe options.
I’m showing these chunky strappy sandals by Dolce Vita 50% off at Nordstrom Rack. These are BIG shoes, so keep that in mind. I show a lot of conservative footwear, so spicing it up now and then is fun.
Alternatively, you could wear these Marc Fisher heels if you ordered them last week.
Finally, a timeless look built with basics I know you already have.
First this perfect boatneck tank from Banana Republic. The neckline is long and open, giving a lovely line to your shoulders, and the fit is on point.
Next, throw on your favorite denim jacket. This one from J.Crew is wonderful. Available in sizes XXS – 3X.
I’m using these interesting mules from Nine West; they feel super high-end for under $100. The elegant pointed toe will help elongate your leg. Available in a few other colors, including solid black.
And for a bag, I found this versatile convertible bag you can wear as a classic crossbody or around your waist.
You can also use the woven clutch from the first outfit to dress up the look and add some texture.
For another bit of inspiration, see these pants featured here with a long sleeve white blouse.
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