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Fall Trend: Wide Leg Trousers

Hi, my name is Kristin and I’m addicted to skinnies. I’ve been rockin’ skinny leg jeans for so long now that I scarcely remember wearing other silhouettes. That is beyond pitiful. I think it’s about time that I switched things up a bit,  don’t you? Seeing as wide leg pants are going to be a popular style for fall, I figure that’s as good a place as any to start. I’ve mentioned before that I’m not one to subscribe to trends. I tend to wear what I like…plain and simple. But it makes shopping a whole lot easier if what I like is “in style.” I’m the mama of a toddler, I don’t have the time to hunt for diamonds in the rough on my rare shopping excursions. The dude waits for no man or WOman. Unless I’ve got him stashed with a babysitter, I have to get in and get out. So, when I’ve got “trendy” items on my shopping list, things go a bit more seamlessly.

And although it’s not quite fall yet, we all can totally rock this look now. All it would take to make my example ensemble fall appropriate would be the addition of a cardy!  So, do ya’ll plan on sportin’ wide legs any time soon? What will you be wearing with them? Inquiring minds wanna know!

modcloth cardigan

Midnight in the City Cardigan at Modcloth

house of harlow 1960 cream leather starburst pendant necklace

House of Harlow 1960 Cream Leather Starburst Pendant Necklace at

Boutique to You

old navy v neck tee

V-Neck Tee at Old Navy {BonBon Deal of the Day at $12.50}

rachel comey envelope tote

Rachel Comey Envelope Tote at La Garconne

7 for all mankind ginger wide leg denim pants

7 For All Mankind at Nordstrom

dolce vita apple pump

Dolce Vita Apple Pump at Nordstrom

Update: I would totally tuck in the fitted tee btw. That’s another thing I need to work on. I haven’t tucked my tops in for ages. HA!


  1. Terri says

    Yay! Wide-legged pants are coming back in style! My closet is full of them and I still love to wear them… at least now I’ll be in style again!

  2. Ilene says

    those wide-legs jeans are super cute!!! and love the shoes. can’t believe we are already talking fall fashion – where did summer go?

  3. Jessica says

    You know I vaguely remember wearing wide leg trousers back when they were in for a while and I liked them. I would so sport this look again, however, my wide leg trousers will have to be just a simple wide leg- not something extreme!

  4. Bunny says

    Hi Ladies,
    Love wide leg pants paired with a super fitted cashmere top and high heels. My favorite are wide leg jeans with a black sweater or camel wool pants with a fitted top. I also love navy and wool wide leg pants. I think it is such a classic chic look paired with lots of gold preppy bracelets and a killer bag. ( can you tell how much I love this look!!! 🙂 )
    The shoes are great and I love the necklace!
    Have a wonderful day

  5. Kaley says

    I love the wide leg trend! I bought the Seven for All Mankind “Dojo” jeans last winter to give me a break from all the skinnies in my closet. I fell in love with them. I’m thinking about ordering the one’s above as a birthday present to myself. 🙂

  6. valentine says

    wow! I LOVE those jeans, too bad they are crazy expensive and do not fit my budget. But I am sure I can find a cheap alternative.

  7. Maddy says

    I absoluely love this outfiot post, especially the metallic tote! I, for one, am ahuge fan of skinnies, even being a pear shape and all! I can’t remember the last time I bought a pair of boot cut jeans 🙂

  8. gingergirl says

    I recently purchased two pairs of wide leg denim on sale at Anthro and did a post here-

    I have to agree about changing it up from skinnies to wide leg. It’s a nice change of pace. I think wearing a top with some type of shape and fit works best otherwise you risk looking too shapeless. I like the idea of also pairing a fitted tee or tank under a cute open cardigan like you have posted above. I think it looks effortless and chic! Love the HoH necklace!

  9. Andrea says

    I sooo wish I could rock some skinny jeans. My 7 year old has a couple of pair and they look so cute!! I will definitely be wearing some wide legs when I get back into some pants in cooler weather! Love ’em!

  10. Liv says

    Fellow skinny addict feels your pain! I think part of the reason they’re such a staple in my wardrobe is the no-brainer footwear situation. Whether it’s flats, heels or boots, they all work with skinnies. Wide legs require more thought (and do not work during a Canadian winter). But I’ve been wearing the same silhouette for so long I’m boring myself! So which philosophy should I subscribe to: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” or “Variety is the spice of life”?
    God, I’m cheesy when I’m sleepy.

  11. Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl says

    I’m with you on skinnies… Ever since they were IN, I couldn’t bring myself to wear anything else. Althoughm I do own some straight leg pants, but those are still with a tendency to slim at the ankle lol Not sure I’ll be able to fully swith to a flared style any time soon

  12. Grace says

    I really stick to bootcut or superskinny, but those 7’s sure are lustworthy! Wide legs tend to be too long on me, and I’m a little too lazy to get them hemmed.

  13. jenni roseland says

    whew! good thing i went with what was in – as i just bought a few new pairs of pants for work and they fit under your new catergory!

    i will say, they do make me feel slimmer!

  14. Val says

    Is that model wearing elf shoes under those wide leg jeans?
    LOVE those red shoes! I wish I had an occasion to wear something like that!

  15. Krysten says

    I kind of like the wide leg look EXCEPT I worry that for a short gal like myself who’s got some curves going on it’ll just make me look shorter and wider. Maybe I’m crazy though?

  16. Kristen says

    Oooh I love those jeans – way cute!

    I am short and wide legs can be tricky to pull off…I will need to do more shopping to find the perfect pair I guess!

  17. Purses Pastries Etc... says

    I love wide-legged pants! They are especially flattering if the jacket/ t-shirt/ top you pair them with is slightly shrunken — not too tight! — but just so. And if you wear them with heels you look so much taller too — which never hurts, right? 🙂

  18. Holly says

    I LOVE wideleg pants! I’d be wearing them right now if it weren’t about 150 degrees outside (I opted for shorts today). Skinny jeans have never looked quite right on me, so I’m ready for that trend to go away!

  19. Salt says

    Ooooo that cardigan MUST be mine! I’m in love!
    I wish I could rock 7’s but for some reason they don’t work well with my body type. I have a huge collection of wide legged pants because I was so late on the skinny jean thing!

  20. Sandy a la Mode says

    this makes me SOOO happy that wide legs are going to be in this fall!! i’m starting to outgrow my skinnies b/c i keep eating horribly when travelling and gaining weight, not good!!! wide legs are much more forgiving!!! 🙂

  21. Emily says

    I feel the same way about fashion – I follow the trends I like and leave the rest by the wayside! But I am kind of excited about the wide leg trend b/c I have a bunch of wide leg items!

  22. Katy Mary says

    I will never part with my skinnies but I would totally add wide legs to my wardrobe. I used to have a bunch of pairs but donated them when the trends changed. I should remember that trends come back!! Since my new job requires business casual dress (current job = jeans and a tee daily lol) I’ll be doing some shopping. Wide leg khaki’s might just do the trick!

  23. Kristin says

    LOVE IT!! I’m very much looking forward to rocking this trend with fitted sweaters and, of course, mega heels!! You’ll love it, adventure out!

  24. Lisa says

    The entire look is completely something I would wear! Its fun to see upcoming seasonal trends….so thank you.

    And by the way, I’ve NEVER been able to wear skinny jeans. It would be a nightmare, lol.

  25. Dancing Branflake says

    I can’t tell you how happy this makes me! I am a cardigan QUEEN! I seriously have so many my friends laugh at me. But I love them and they tie in all my looks together! And I just bought a pair of wide legged pants from Anthropologie, unknowing how this would carry into Fall. But I am glad to see they will. Woohoo!

  26. Cecilia says

    Oh you are too funny! I will say that I indulged in skinnies ( I even have skinny prego jeans)…BUT I LOVE the wide leg. SO happy to see them making a come back this fall. xo

  27. laura says

    i really like the wide leg look. maybe thats because i cant rock the skinny thing haha
    ive got 4 of those old navy tees and i love them in all colours. i dont tuck tho either.
    love the cardy too

  28. WendyB says

    I’ve been enjoying my wide-legged sailor pants.I think jeans are the hardest things to wear in either wide-leg or high-waist versions. Other pants material looks better than denim in those styles.

  29. Meghan says

    I love the wide leg look. I have a pair from Urban Outfitters that I adore – except I always get super paranoid that my man-thighs look too huge!

  30. Jacqueline says

    Oooo Kristin,
    I was wearing these in the ’60’s !! Everything comes round again, doesn’t it ? I actually like them and shall be getting myself a new pair. They are really flattering as well. I’m sure that we can all still wear our skinny jeans as well. I love that bargain T-shirt too. XXXX

  31. EMILY says

    Kristin, thanks so much for visting bigmoonsky. I was so excited about the giveaway on the lil bee- i love both of those books!
    AND, I LOVE the envelope tote you have featured today. I’ll be checking back on bonbonrose frequently, and I hope you’ll continue to enjoy bigmoonsky!
    xo Happy Monday!

  32. Elle says

    I’m lovin this look Kristin! I hear ya on the skinnys… I don’t remember wearing anything else, but I’m totally feeling a wider leg for fall!

  33. Jen says

    I’ve loved wide-leg trousers for a while! It’s the only shape I can wear for white pants — it slims rather than makes me look fatter.

    I tend to wear more fitted or tailored tops with them since they are a bit billowy and I don’t want to appear as a hippie.

    The look you got here is perfect! So my style.

  34. daisybabie says

    I love both the skinny and wide-legged look. the wide leg with a tighter fit top is a great way to get that great 70s vibe to rock my day. the wide leg jeans in the photo above could even be added to any business casual day!

  35. krystal says

    i still have a pair of wide leg pants from a few years ago when they were ‘in’. but yah, i’ve been wearing skinnies for so long i don’t know how well i will transition!

  36. Allison says

    Oh I love the wide legs! They are so much better for the pair shaped shorties like myself. It makes my legs look long and lean. 🙂 totally into tucking in shirts as well. Gotta do it more.

  37. J says

    SO. GLAD wide legs are back.

    Some people may look great in skinny jeans…but I am not one of them. I look like I’m walking on short sausage legs. Not my best look.

  38. Shea says

    I love this whole look!!! I was just thinking I needed some jeans–I think this is the silhouette I’m going to go for. Too cute!

  39. Carrie says


    I about peed my pants when I got that dress. When she was walking toward me with it – the whole thing was like slo-mo. It was nuts and hilarious and perfect!!

    Now onto the wideleg…I wore white widelegs on the blog for a nautical post a month or so ago. You know I’m in a toss up over these. I just don’t know…prolly not any wideleg 7’s. mmmmmno. I love my skinnies!! Maybe a supremely straight with a wide bell flare for mayjah drama?

    You’ve given me a lot to ponder here….


  40. Nadette @ Eat, Read, Rant! says

    i do like the wide leg trouser when it’s done well. I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect 70s jean that will look good on my small frame. I would totally pair them with a fitted three quarter sleeve blouse and rockin wedges.

  41. Sheffield @ says

    Wide leg trousers are flattering on just about anyone. Who wouldn’t want their waist to look tiny and their legs to look a mile long. Especially if you pair them with the platforms everyone has been wearing lately, wide leg pants can add a few inches to your legs! Just be sure to wear them with a fitted top, otherwise your outfit will look baggy and sloppy and your shape will get lost.

  42. Molly says

    I have some wide leg, dark denim trouser jeans that I’m crazy about. And they REQUIRE heels!

    Oh, and I agree, I REALLY need to start tucking my t’s again.

  43. alexandra keller says

    i had a pair of wide legs a couple seasons ago – finally lost all the baby weight, had them taken in twice, and can’t take them in anymore. those 7s look nice – wish i had a Nordstrom. might try Banana – and i’ll probably wear them with a fitted tee, chunky platforms and one of my own necklaces 🙂

  44. The Owl's Closet says

    i love wide legs and yes, it’s definitely time to mix it up. i retire my skinnies during the summer, coz the heat is unbearable lol love all these picks, especially the jeans and cardi!

  45. Jenn says

    Ooooh, yay, not gonna lie I LOVE the wide leg and never even liked the skinny… Probably because my short athletic legs looked like sausages in them 🙂 Once I pop this baby out there is going to be some major denim shopping!

  46. Sass says

    LOVE wide legs! And skinnies! Wide legs look best with a fitted top and heels (on me). Maybe some long layery necklaces. Love those 7s.

  47. Candi says

    I love skinnies but I’m also a huge fan of trousers. 7 makes the best trousers (in my opinion) by far. They’re so comfy, I find I wear them with everything!

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