How to Wear Wide Leg Pants This Winter
We love wide leg pants as much as we love happy hour (and that’s a lot). They are the easy, breezy, beautiful Covergirl of pants: comfortable, flattering and the perfect piece to tie an outfit together. During the warmer (dryer) seasons they are simple go-tos, but as winter rolls up a few tricks are in order to pull them off without completely ruining the bottoms in rain and slush. Consider the cropped wide leg pant as the holy grail for all seasons. Whether they are just above the ankle or up to mid calf, we highly recommend picking up your hem for winter. Not only will this avoid the unruly weather at your feet, but it is also the perfect trick to show off your shoes… and socks. Scroll on for a roundup of our favorite cold weather pants and the perfect shoes to match.
Having a pair of wide leg corduroy trousers in your winter wardrobe is essential. This retro-revival fabric is tastefully toasty. In a variety of colors from winter white to rich ochre, they have the ability to match with, well, basically anything. Go for a slightly cropped fit like this versatile pair from Kordal to keep them in a mud-free zone. Then pair them with classic leather boots that have an edge such as a unique statement heel, shiny patent leather or a standout hue.
Classic Black Trousers
Everyone needs a pair of black trousers in their life. But we’re especially loving a pair with a twist like these Achro cropped wide leg pants. They out-style any old run-of-the-mill black pants with a unique wrap front waist. Look for similar details such as contrast stitching, a paperbag waist or oversized pockets. And always make sure they hit slightly above ankle, so they are perfect for pairing with fancy socks and block heeled pumps for full sock exposure.
Of course a good pair of jeans is essential. We have to admit that the wide leg cut is our all-time favorite such as this cropped pair by Wray. The natural dyed indigo feels fresh, the contrast pockets are big enough for all your purse storing needs and the length is pretty much perfect. When styling your off-duty denim try a pair of statement clogs in bold hues such as cherry red, oxblood and metallic gold.
Fun Work Pants
A pair of fun work pants is a great addition to your wide leg pant collection. What do we mean by fun? Lush texture, exposed detailing and prints, prints, prints. Consider these plaid Ali Golden high waisted pants. Their hidden zip closure gives them a more work appropriate feel but never doubt these trousers can be dressed both up and down easily. Keep your fun work pants at a cropped height and pair them with some fashion-forward sock boots.
Extra cuffed pants will save you on those extreme winter days and are the best way to show off a bold textural or patterned shoe. Case in point: these Index Series wide leg denim trousers. Cropped above ankle with a slightly flared leg, they put the cuff in cuffed pants.