How To Wear Wide Leg Pants

They’re one of the biggest trends in pants this season and I’ve been posting on Instagram (@alisondeyette) some of my favorite pairs. I’m sharing how to wear wide leg pants from culottes to gauchos to full length.

Straight from my feature editorial in Real Simple magazine’s October issue as their style expert are a few of my fashion tips for wearing wide leg pants.

How To Wear Wide Leg Pants

Real Simple Oct 2016

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There’s gauchos and culottes and then full length wide leg pants which look best when you wear them as long as possible to cover your feet or just let your toes peep out.

Falling to mid-calf, gauchos have the look of a midi-length or maxi skirt with all the comfort of pants. To keep your look long and lean and not schlumpy and bulky look for tops that are slimming, fitted and not boxy. Tops should either hit at the waist, hips or be tucked in. If you’re looking to extend that long and lean look then slip on some heels. I took these wide leg pants from Ann Taylor in all three colors for a test drive in sandals, flats,  heels and trainers and fell in love with the comfort.

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And there’s these pants from Peter Som that I scooped up at a swap party. I keep them long so I can wear with heels or wedges to create length, but for a whimsical photo I added the white sneaker trend. I’m “looking out for hero” in this photo.  For a universally flattering fit you want the hem to hit below the anklebone or nearly the floor. Depending on your height take advantage of shopping from brands that offer petite, regular and tall lengths like Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Anthropologie, and J.Crew if you’d like to avoid visiting a tailor.

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Culottes should hit at or above the knee and be a substitute to wearing your A-line skirt. Think of them like Bermuda shorts with lots of volume. I’d suggest skipping this look if you’re petite as it may not do any favors for you if you’re looking for some ways to give the illusion of height. But if you love the look and the comfort then go for it!




Style Expert Alison Deyette is a TV + digital host and Los Angeles stylist known best for her dynamic personality and her sharp sense of style. She has worked extensively for national news and entertainment programs, magazines and online media outlets.  Known as “The Fixer,” she can help you solve your fashion conundrums, take the reins of a home decorating transformation, share the latest beauty must have product or hand you the hottest trend without breaking a sweat.

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