I expect like me, you’ve been hearing that full-length wide leg pants are amongst the many trends sweeping through the fashion world this season. Culottes and cropped wide-leg pants have been, and still are going strong, but there are also a lot of full-length styles around too and they seem to be gathering momentum.
I posted an inspiration photo on IG a few days ago showing wide leg pants and a few people seemed a little reticent and thought the look perhaps wasn’t for them. I’m planning on making a pair myself and I’m far from model stature myself…average height, thick waist, wide hips and flat bum anyone? So I decided to do some research because I think this style of pant is more wearable than you might realise and I also think they can be very leg lengthening and elegant.
To start you off though, I want to show you a few runway and designer looks merely for inspiration. Though I don’t think they tell the whole story regarding the tops that you could wear, which I’ll come to shortly…but first the photos to drool over:
Left to right: Rachel Zoe, Chloe, Emilio Pucci Left to right: Tibi, Charlotte Ronson, Michael Kors
Ok, so let’s analyse the pants:
I think you need to find your sweet spot with regards to the actual silhouette…how wide are you prepared to go?
- You could try fitted through the thigh and flaring out a just little bit for a sleeker take on the style.
- Try a shape that comes out straight down from thigh with average width to the hem.
- Or what about fitted through hip and flaring out steadily from there for a more dramatic line and wider hem?
- Lastly, how about a pleat or two at waist and plenty of width for maximum swoosh?
A quick word about length…this style can be great for making your legs look a mile long… If you’re going to go full length, make it just that… full length. When wearing shoes I think the hem ought to just clear the floor by about a half an inch otherwise it’s kind of at that in-between-not sure-length. Please, don’t feel that you should be wearing sky-high heels though. Find a heel height you’re happy with and hem your pants to wear with them. Most of my everyday shoes are at or just under 2”. Or if you want to show off your shoes, you could try an ankle-grazing length instead.
Onto fabrics now and you can really play around with width and fabric weight for different looks. Consider a really fluid drapey fabric made in a pretty wide silhouette. The fabric would collapse back into your body and not add bulk or width. It would swish beautifully as you walk too. A similar wide style of pant in a stiffer fabric would add twice as much width. So choose fabric carefully when pairing with patterns. Oh, and don’t forget things like pockets and zip fly fastenings that might add bulk. Sew up a style without pockets and with a side zip if you want a sleeker look.
Now let’s talk tops…
As you have more volume at the bottom with this style of pant, it makes sense to go a bit more fitted with your top. However, it doesn’t have to tuck in, be cropped, or finish at your waistline though. Try a top that finishes at the high-hip level or even something with an asymmetric hemline. If you do like to tuck in though, a classic shirt or a drapey blouse would be great choices. To add height, try a column of colour with top and pants matching.
In case you decide to try this trend out for yourself, I’ve searched out some pants and tops patterns to help start you off on your quest. Maybe some will appeal to you…..
- Style Arc Natasha...not too wide
- Named Clothing Astrid pant
- Simplicity 1017 (now discontinued)
- Vogue by Zandra Rhodes V1572...fitted through hip and quite wide. For less drama, try a drapey fabric.
- Vogue 9277...if you don’t mind gathers
- Burda(paper pattern) 6817…not too wide. Could use a structured fabric.
- Vogue 9004
- SOI Ella wrap…good for Petites..may need to lengthen a bit for non-petites
- Mccalls7657 high hip and fitted. Sleeve variation and ruffles too.
- Kwik Sew 4216 fitted and asymmetric peplum
- Style Arc Isabella Blouse
- Style Arc Madeleine top
- Style Arc Issy knit top
Perhaps you feel like dipping your toe in this wide-leg style trend now or maybe you are already a fan? Let me know in comments. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Either way, I hope my post has proved useful.
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