How to wear wide-leg jeans

Denim hits high on our list of must-have pieces, but the airtight look that skinny jeans holds on our wardrobes is slowly beginning to wane.

After what feels like forever, the era of the skinny jean is finally on its way out. But, what comes next?

As the fashion world craves something totally different, people have been experimenting with everything – from straight to boyfriend and vintage-inspired mom styles.

Hi-Rise Cropped Jeans, £29.99, Zara

However, there’s one look that fashionistas have been making a case for this year and we’re expecting to see more and more of it: wide-leg jeans.

Since filing for denim divorce from drainpipe denim, the industry has wised up to the new practicality of jeans that skim the body.

Levi’s High Rise Wide Leg Jean, £85, Asos

Unlike the rigid, curve-hugging versions, these aren’t meant to be worn skintight. Instead, they come tailored, lightweight and, believe it or not, are actually super comfortable to wear. 

Of course, after an era of wearing skinny jeans, the idea of wearing a pair of wide-leg jeans can feel, well, odd. Especially for the vertically challenged among us. 

Wide Leg Jeans, £46, Topshop

So, how should you wear them?

The great thing about wide-leg jeans is that they work with almost everything in your wardrobe and make for the ultimate backbone of many a stylish outfit.

High Waisted Culotte Jeans, £59, & Other Stories

High-waisted styles will help to elongate your form even more and, while they look great worn with stark white trainers, wearing a super-wide pant with a flat isn’t always the most flattering option.

Instead, we suggest opting for a cropped style and pairing them with heels; block by day and strappy stilettos by night.

Wide High Ankle Jeans, £24.99, H&M

The general rule is to play it safe by wearing something tight-fitting up top, but don’t be afraid to experiment with volume. An oversized jumper or longline T-shirt will instantly give off a truly modern look. 

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