I have a been a fan of wide leg denim and pants for years and years. Though they are not always trending, I have found that the style can be timeless and look so polished and refined. Whether you choose a super voluminous pair of wide leg jeans or a slightly less wide leg fit, they are a style that can look good on all body types and can be worn a variety of ways. As someone that is only 5’4″ and has a very short inseam, I often gravitate towards cropped wide leg jeans so I don’t have to worry about hemming.
I personally love a wide leg denim because they can elongate the leg and can be so comfortable to wear. They may seem like an intimidating style of denim to wear so I am going to share a few outfit ideas with wide leg jeans and how versatile they can be.
How to Style Wide Leg Jeans
Styling Wide Leg Jeans with a Wrap Top
A deep-v wrap top or bodysuit looks great styled with wide leg jeans because the eye naturally follows the v-neck style down. And the lengthening effect that wide leg jeans can give, it can create a long and flattering silhouette. I personally like these dark blue denim Paige Anessa Cropped Jeans because they are a subtle wide leg that balances out nicely with the wrap/v-neck style of the bodysuit. In addition to a v-neck wrap top, a button down shirt would also give the same effect since the first few buttons are often undone creating that flattering v-neck look. To continue the lengthening effect of wide leg jeans, opt for a clear or nude shoe.
Styling Wide Leg Jeans with a Cropped Jacket or Cardigan
If you have a more business casual workplace, wide leg jeans like the ones I’ve shown above are a great polished option. They are similar to a denim trouser and look great worn with a short jacket, blazer or cardigan. If you want an alternative to jeans but still love the wide leg fit, these are my absolute favorite wide leg trousers!
Styling Wide Leg Jeans with a Cropped Tee
I love playing off the proportions of a pair of wide leg jeans and styling it with a cropped tee. The lengthening effect of the jeans looks great with something cropped and add a clear or neutral shoe to complete the look.
Styling a Classic Look with Wide Leg Jeans
When I referred to wide leg jeans as a classic and timeless style, this is the kind of look that I was imagining. A simple long sleeved tee and chic boots will look great with the more bold look of a pair of wide leg jeans. A look like this is so easy to repeat over and over throughout the season by just changing up your outerwear and handbag. It can look completely different each time and provide a variety of looks with relatively few pieces.
Styling Wide Leg Jeans in the Winter
I love wearing wide leg jeans in the winter because they look great worn with a statement coat or something a bit more voluminous such as this faux fur coat in the above pic. Volume on the top balances out the volume on the bottom and creates a cohesive look. These are my favorite J.Crew wide leg trousers and sadly they have never brought this exact style back but they have a ton of great options currently.
Styling Wide Leg Jeans with a Statement Top
Once again like the look prior to this, wide leg jeans look great with statement tops and sweaters. This sweater has a bold ruffled shoulder and looks balances and in proportion to the wide leg fit. That is why I always go back to wide leg jeans because they can look great with a slim/fitted top or they can effortlessly work with a more voluminous top.
Styling Distressed Wide Leg Jeans
As I do with most of my distressed jeans, I love to wear them with something more polished and refined to balance out the look. The same goes with my distressed wide leg jeans – styling them with a classic crewneck sweater and mules is a nice way to elevate the distressed detail. Add a statement belt and tote for an even more refined look.
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Hopefully I’ve given you some ideas on how to create the perfect wide leg jean outfit and how versatile the style can be. For more of my favorite jeans style, check out this review on all my Grlfrnd jeans.