Wide legged pants: how to wear them and where to buy

by Sylvia

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A refresher article on how to wear wide pants this season!

Wide legged pants are coming back on trend this season, especially white ones. I personally love wider pants which can be a very good choice of trousers for many women over 40.

  • It’s great for short legged women like me, as flared pants are very leg lengthening when they fit well at the top. Be sure to wear them with (high) heels though.
  • They may cover up your muffin top (if you have one) and hold your tummy in if you select a high waisted one.
  • Pear shaped women also benefit from wearing wide legged pants as they draw attention to the ankle and hips appear narrower.
  • If you are heavy at the top, flared pants will give you a nice silhouette.

However, not all wide legged pants are created equal. Some examples are:

  • High waist – full flare: good if you want to hide a muffin top or want to create an hourglass figure as it accentuates the waist.
  • Tight upper pantssmall flare: good if you have skinny legs. Not so good if you have saddle bags.
  • Standard legwide flare: Good to hide thicker thighs.
  • Wide leg: very wide pants all over and good for tall women. Short or bulky women, be careful with this style!

Some additional tips on how to wear flared pants

  • Buy them long. I don’t like the look of flared pants that are too short. It’s nice when your pants hide your high heels.
  • Flared pants look particularly good if you define your waist with a belt.
  • Try to balance the total look and wear something slim fitting on top. Flared pants can make for a very classical look so they will look great with a well fitted shirt.
  • Although a slim fitting top is the easiest and most flattering way to wear wide pants, I also like to combine them with short dresses and wider tops. It’s a tougher look to pull of, but I personally like the silhouette it creates.
  • Short people can also wear flared pants. Just make sure they are more fitted at the top and the pants don’t flare too much.
  • Although wide legged pants can be perfect for the pear body shape, make sure you don’t have any side pockets as that will add extra bulk.
  • Pear shapes also benefit from flat front pants, as opposed to pleated ones.
  • Want even longer legs? Try flared pants with vertical stripes.
  • Wear them with heels!

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Here are some great wide legged pants that are available in shops right now:

Want some more inspiration on wearing wide pants?

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Here are some examples of how I have worn my favorite white flared pants.

For even more ideas on how to wear wide leg pants, you can visit my special inspiration board on Pinterest: How to wear wide pants.

Are you happy wide legged pants are slowly coming back in stores? How would you wear them?


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I always steer clear of wide leg pants they make me feel fat, doesn’t help that I am only 5’2 as well. If I were to wear them I will need 15 inch heels to make me look slender!


You could try really high waisted pants. The elongate as I showed in my article on >how to dress for the petite Victoria Beckham looks great in them!

Young Fashion Blogger

Hi, I’m only 11 but I read this article to find some inspiration for wearing some flare pants I made the other day. I am 5ft 4 and I need some ideas for what to wear on top. I also want to ask, is it a good thing to have long legs? I have extremely long legs and I don’t want to look like I’m wearing stilts.
Yours sincerely,
Young Fashion Blogger


You can wear wide legged pants with all kinds of tops. Just have a look through >what I wore. You will see that I wear my wide legged white pants quite a lot but I also show them in orange and blue. Long legs are generally seen as a very good thing although you may want to balance them out if they are proportionally a lot longer than your upper body. You can do that by not tucking in your tops and wearing them over pants and skirts. For further tips also see my article on how to dress when you are tall


This is so funny because in the 1940′s and then again in the 1970′s wide leg pants were a la mode. I just finished working more on that article and showed how to style vintage versions of this.

What goes around comes around…



I think they have eternal appeal. I really like the katherine Hepburn look!


These trousers are much more difficult for me to wear than skinnies, although I am reasonably tall. I have no hips or bum so the only way to wear them is with a fitted jacket which covers those areas. No option to wear it with a fitted top as I would look indeed like an inverted triangle. A wider top is also out of the question.
Of all the ones you have shown, I like your own white ones best and the Carolina Herrera ones (figures…). A lot of them look too short.


Yes, they do. I wonder if it’s because most of the models showing them are just too tall!


I’m happy that wide legged trousers are back on trend this season! I prefer a cut with a semi-high waistband, curved side pockets (if any) and that zips up on one side, not in the front. Makes them so much more flattering.


Yes, you are right. But side zipped pants are just so rare…


I like the look, but with a short upper torso, long legs, I’m not sure it will work that well for me, personally.


Just wear your tops a bit lower Lisa to create a better balance. I’m sure you would be able to rock this look!

Judith Rasband

Love your work.


Now I can dare to wear those flared pants thanks………
I always get little tensed when i try something new ……..I am well fitted trousers and shirt women
how to wear maxi skirts,what should i wear if I have tummy?


It’s probably best to wear your maxi skirt with a top over your skirt. Depending on how big your tummy is you may want a top that has draping to camouflage it. Here are some tips on how to hide your tummy: http://40plusstyle.com/how-to-hide-your-belly/
I’m featuring some more wide pants in a couple of days together with a top that hides the tummy so watch out for that!


Sylvia,thank you for your kind welcome.as a first time blogger!I have found it a great tool for any questions with true to life answers!I’m particularly keen on wide leg pants,but am unsure as to where to find good quality ones in Singapore .I know this will sound a little strange to long term residents. I ‘m happy to spent enough to make it an investment piece.any suggestions appreciated . Angela


I’m having a lot of trouble finding them too! They just haven’t been around much. I’m hoping that more will come in stores too. I saw that Zara has few in their new collection. For tips on where to shop in Singapore you can see this article: http://40plusstyle.com/where-to-shop-in-singapore/


I love white wide-legged pants and you make them look great Sylvia :-D I have never owned any – I am slim in the legs and hips but big around the tummy and boobs so not sure how to wear them, as I think they look better with a slim-fitting top. Any suggestions appreciated!


I’m wearing wide pants in an article today Petra with a top that is wide and drapy and hides the tummy yet still defines the waist and your bust. That could work really well for you too! http://40plusstyle.com/creating-5-outfits-with-2-covered-perfectly-tops/

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