Jump into wide-leg trousers: The ultimate spring necessity

The unfortunate truth about high fashion is that, sadly, not all trends that appear on the runway can be worn in everyday life. Unless if you want to look as ostentatious as Lady Gaga, almost all of the pieces that appear on the haute-couture, or even ready-to-wear, runways can’t be worn casually.

However, one piece that appeared on an abundance of stages this spring is the wide-leg pant and shockingly, compared to most runway items, they can be worn in a multitude of styles and for an abundance of occasions.

(From Left to Right: Michael Kors, Karen Walker RTW, Trina Turk)

Forget Covergirl, these pants are the definition of easy, breezy, and beautiful. The flow of the pants keeps you cool, the wide-legs add a boho-chic element, and they can be styled simply or emphatically.

Because of the wide-leg style, they move with every step you take and, due to their bagginess, can even make legs look thinner. As you walk, you don’t see your legs, simply a vague outline of where they are, so everything is kept to the imagination. Better yet, because of this genius shape, you look taller and legs are elongated.

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From crisp white to loud prints, wide-leg trousers are a must-have for this spring and summer.

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If you’re on the hunt for a sleek and stylish pair of wide-leg trousers, look below for some inspiration.

These Print Wide Leg Pants by ASTR have a fun geometric-type print and would look perfect with a sheer white crop top for the summer. These can be found at Nordstrom for $60.


The Nasty Gal Revelation Pant are, in my opinion, the must-have if you’re in the market for wide-leg pants. The silky fabric can be dressed up or dressed down and the classic black is elegant and sophisticated. These can be purchased from Nasty Gal for $58.


If you want to knock out two spring 2014 trends in one piece, then the Alice + Olivia High-Waisted Sheer Wide-Leg Pants are your best friend. The sheer element is sleek, and the shorts hidden inside disregard any sheer-fashion-mishaps. With this crisp white, these pants are perfect for spring and summer. The Alice + Olivia High-Waisted Sheer Wide-Leg Pants are sold at Saks Fifth Avenue for $275.


For those who are just dying to stand out on the scene with some printed wide-leg trousers, the Wistful Wanderer Wide-Leg Pants from Forever 21 are the perfect dose of prints. Colorful, and not too loud, these pants would stand out anywhere without hurting anyone’s eyes. These are the ideal island-getaway pant, so if you’re going on a tropical getaway anytime soon, purchase a pair of these from Forever 21 for $19.80 or forever regret it.


Whether you’re going to a business meeting, having dinner friends, or painting the town red, wide-leg trousers are fun, youthful, easy to wear, and perfect for any occasion. If there’s one trend you should rock for spring, it’s the wide-leg pant because they’re fresh and flowy, look amazing whether colorful or plain, and regardless of what your style or body-type, wide-leg pants elongate legs for a sleek physique. So what’s taking you so long? Jump into a pair, already!

-Alex Cooper

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