Going Wide Legged

Going shopping post-pandemic, walking around the stores and all you see is wide-leg jeans. 

Ok, skinny jeans are still popular and won’t be pushed out of fashion by the new wide legs. But it’s obvious that we are going to shift away from a wardrobe full of skinny jeans and skin-tight leggings. It’s not surprising really as according to various fashion retailers the balloon leg, mom jeans, and all loose-leg shaped jeans are finding favor with people spending more time working from home. Many people question if this would suit their body type or if these pants are flattering on anyone besides the models wearing them online. I can assure you, though, that wide-leg jeans are, in fact, quite a flattering pair of pants. They accentuate the waist, lengthen your legs, and can be styled to suit any body type.

Style is the only thing you can’t buy. It’s not in a shopping bag, a label, or a price tag. It’s something reflected from our soul to the outside world—an emotion.

The main wide leg jeans fall into these categories:

  • Baggy jeans
  • Mom jeans
  • Straight-cut jeans
  • Flared jeans
  • Balloon leg jeans
  • ‘Dad’ jeans
  • Wide-leg jeans
  • Boot-cut jeans
  • Bell-bottom jeans
  • Barrel leg jeans

Dad jeans, usually slouchy and low-slung straight leg jeans are roomy around the hips, with a low waist and a dropped crotch, so avoid wearing with the oversized top trend, unless you want to hide your whole body shape. The best way to create an outfit with these slouchy jeans is to wear a waist-length cardigan to add a little femininity to the outfit.

Balloon jeans are designed to have a flattering high waist. This allows you to show off your cute and feminine shoes, or boots. Wear with cropped tops that reach to the waist or tuck in your tops and pull them out slightly to create the blouson effect.

Meanwhile, the boot-cut jeans can look very smart with heeled shoes and a blazer jacket.

This year’s flared jeans should be worn with a long length that covers your chunky shoes or boots. The best footwear for flares is platform soles on trainers, shoes, and ankle boots. Avoid stilettos, please. It’s great to balance this out with a sleek and non-bulky option on top. A cropped tube top is the perfect example of balance when it comes to styling flared jeans. This same essence can be achieved with a tank top or other crop tops or bodysuits that are sleeveless and form-fitting.

Baggy jeans have a “cool factor” to them that makes even the simplest wardrobe basics, from T-shirts to hoodies and blazers, feel fresh but chill. Baggy jeans outfit is most suitable for the owners of the “rectangle”, “hourglass” and “inverted triangle” shapes. Cropped tops, tight turtlenecks, knee-highs, and loose-fitting shirts also look great with baggy jeans.