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Women's Wide Leg Jeans
They say what goes around, comes around, and that's certainly true in fashion. What was popular once will inevitably be popular again—just like women's wide-leg jeans! These roomy, larger-than-life denim pants were all the rage 50 or more years ago, but here they are again. The wide-leg look comes in an equally wide variety of styles, ranging from nautical, navy-inspired silhouettes to skinny jeans with a fabulous flare. It pays to try on a few pairs just to see which style is the most flattering, but once you find the ideal fit, think about stocking up on your favorites.
Wide, Wider, Widest
Let's start with the widest of all possible wide-leg jeans. This style is wide from top to bottom. The thighs are just as roomy as the calves. These jeans are somewhat nautical in appearance, primarily because they're somewhat inspired by retro Navy uniforms. However, when wearing these jeans for pleasure, there are some fashion rules to follow—just to look your most amazing, of course.
Typically, women on the shorter side should avoid extremely wide-leg pants, as all the extra fabric can make them look shorter. What looks best with these types of jeans? Since they are wide and thus tend to look a bit baggy, stay away from baggy or voluminous tops. Instead, opt for close-fitting blouses or shirts. The juxtaposition of wide, loose jeans and a fitted top will bring balance to the ensemble, which is exactly what you want.
Bring Out the Bell Bottoms
Bell bottoms represent another style of wide-leg jeans. Unlike full wide-leg denim, however, bell bottoms usually fit tight around the thighs, then flare out at the knees. This is the perfect pair of jeans to wear if you want to embrace a retro-inspired aesthetic. Banana Republic and Lucky Brand both offer trendy examples of updated, modern bell bottoms. You'll wonder why you haven't been wearing them all this time, honestly.
This style is more versatile than their wider-legged counterparts. Although they, too, look phenomenal with tight tops, you're not restricted to close-fitting clothing. Since bell bottoms are also fitted at the thighs, you won't overwhelm your outfit if you wear them with, say, a loose tunic or an oversized jacket. As for shoes, you have to admit that chunky platforms really work well with bell bottoms. Guess all those Flower Children knew what they were talking about, after all.
Fit and Flare
What about how to wear wide-leg jeans when you don't really want a wide leg? That's when you look for subtle flares. Jeans still count as wide leg if they flare out around the ankle—kind of. They look fierce, anyway. Check out denim from 7 For All Mankind and see what happens when boot cut meets bell bottom.
Not sure which wide version looks best? Since you can get your jeans at thredUP for up to 90% off the original price, feel free to snag a few pairs and find your perfect fit!