Posted on: January 13, 2024 Posted by: Comments: 0

I’m just going to come right out and say it: Skinny jeans are officially on pause. Sorry if that sounds a little dramatic, but let me explain. No matter how you feel about the revival of the super-slim denim, there’s no denying that looser trouser shapes are the reigning silhouette as far as jeans and trousers go, and my own wardrobe is conclusive proof of this.

I recently did a massive wardrobe cleanout and in the process realised that nearly all the trousers and jeans I moved to the ‘on pause’ were skinny and snug fits. I owned multiple pairs at one point but have since found myself drawn more and more to relaxed trouser silhouettes. It’s not just me, celebs are in complete agreement too, plus every fashion person I know. There’s something undeniably cool about voluminous, wide-leg trouser, not to mention that they’ve made more sense than ever over the last couple of years seeing as comfort has become our top priority when getting dressed. The relaxed but still polished trousers just might be the answer to avoiding another sweatpants slump. Plus, they’re so versatile, with the ability to be dressed up or down and for all and every season with a simple swap of layers and accessories. 

If the above isn’t enough, I have a strong feeling that once you see just how chic the fashion world is making wide-leg trousers look, you’re going to agree with me here, so if you’re ready to retire your skinnies, keep scrolling on to fill up on wide-leg trouser outfit ideas and shop all the pieces you might need to help recreate the looks.

Style Notes: For spring weather, pair the roomy trousers with a pretty broderie anglaise top and shoulder robe the jumper.

Timeless but far from boring.

Abercrombie has some of the best wide-leg trousers out there. 

These look so expensive, and trust me come spring, they’re going to sell out everywhere. 

Style Notes: The fashion girls’ go-to way to wear the trousers right now? With an oversized blazer and peek of the Miu Miu bralette, it adds laidback appeal to tailoring.

A piece that you will wear all year round.

H&M have so many great blazers at the moment this one is a highlight.  

Its easy to see why Zara trousers are a fashion-person fave.

Style Notes: Create an effortless and timeless look when you lean into wardrobe basics like the smart button-down shirt and simple sneakers.

Wear loosely and roll up the sleeves for maximum style points. 

The perfect nipped waist, well-thought-out cut, and loose, flowy leg. 

These forever-shoes are immune to trends.

Style Notes: This delicate blouse is a great way to make these relaxed pants look a bit more elevated, especially in rich shades of mustard, tan and green.

I can never say no to Issey Miyake plissé.

Pair these with a denim and chunky boots for the weekend.

You’re going to be hard pressed finding me carrying any other bag this spring. 

Style Notes: Instagram’s best dressed are all about giving their suits a modern feel by dressing them down with tees and sneakers.

The perfect oversized and boxy fit. 

Just add a white tee to complete the look. 

The obsession with New Balance continues.

Style Notes:  All grey everything is always a good idea, especially in an oversized fit. Just add chunky loafers. 

Be still my beating heart.

Simple but effective.

All about that puddle hem.

Style Tip: If you want to dress up casual linen, I suggest this chic look involving a cutout top and square-toe heels.

Effortless, evening chic.

A flowier, less structured fit than tailored trousers. 

A pretty sandal that still prioritises comfort first. 

Style Tip: Another current trend that just so happens to look great with wide-leg pants? Bustier tops. It doesn’t get more impactful than this. 

This literally looks designer.

The high waist fit with the sharp pleats is a winning combo. 

Style Tip: Skip the tailor and let your trousers pool around your ankles for a look that feels very right now.

This olive colour is everywhere at the moment.

Every wardrobe needs one.

The sharp execution is all about that tailored fit.

Style Tip: Balance out wide leg proportion with a form fitting top. Obsessed.

It’s the off the shoulder moment I’ve been looking for.

One of the most versatile basics you can own.

Kitten heels and wide leg fit might be my new favourite combo. 

Style Notes:  You can’t go wrong with a classic navy pea coat and white jeans, when the weather starts to warm up, the chunky loafer is perfect for an off-duty weekend outfit that says “casual cool”.

I’m actually excited for the cold to wear this.

You can’t look anything but chic in these.

Stylish and practical.

Style Notes: Throwing on luxe cashmere is always a good idea for a lazy weekend.

You can’t go wrong with a crisp white shirt. 

The comfort of a cashmere trouser is simply unmatched.

Style Notes: My favourite thing abut this look? Retro sneakers are a great way to transition cropped trousers into the weekend.

If you like your basics with a little something extra.

This cropped culotte fit, though.

Vans have the nostalgic appeal sewn up. Obsessed.

Next Up: The Spring/Summer 2024 Fashion Trends That Really Matter

This story was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Opening image: @smythsisters

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