Sorry, Jeans, I Only Wear Wide-Leg Trousers Now—24 Pairs I Really Rate

The Best Wide-Leg Trousers to Buy in 2023: @femmeblk wears white wide leg trousers



I used to be a jeans person. Honestly, pre-pandemic it would be a rare sighting if you caught me wearing anything other than my trusty blue—or black, or white—jeans. Every single one of my outfits revolved around the classic wardrobe staple—whether I was dressing up and adding heels and a blazer or down with boots and a knit or sandals and a vest top in summer. Of course, there's no denying that all of the above are still failsafe capsule wardrobe formulas, and from time to time I still turn to these enduring classics. However, rather than jeans, these days the most worn items in my wardrobe are my wide-leg trousers.

Yep, in recent years thanks to a combination of craving more comfort from my wardrobe post-pandemic, wanting my day-to-day looks to feel more polished since I turned thirty, and the explosion of wide-leg trousers as a trend across both the luxury and high street markets, I've gradually shelved my stiff denim in favour of their smarter tailored counterpart. 

The Best Wide-Leg Trousers to Buy in 2023: Marianne wears wide leg trousers with a tank top.



Ask any of my fellow Who What Wear editors and they'll tell you that a pair of chic wide-leg trousers—paired with trainers, flats or heels—has become my daily uniform. So much so, that I've spent the last few years curating a rather extensive collection of the best wide-leg trousers around, trialling and testing styles from across my favourite affordable brands as well as some investment styles too.

Not to toot my own horn, but this has made me somewhat of an expert in the field of wide-leg trousers, and my colleagues and friends often come to me for suggestions on which pairs to buy. The answer to their questions isn't always straightforward, however. Finding the perfect pair of wide-leg trousers to suit your body, budget, style and your day to day needs can be a search akin to finding your favourite pair of jeans—a tough process I'm sure we're all too familiar with. 

The Best Wide-Leg Trousers to Buy in 2023: Anouk wears cream wide leg trousers with a shirt.



That's why I thought I'd collect all the data I've gathered and provide you with the ultimate guide to the very best wide-leg trousers available for all budgets. Yes, The Row's Marcelina trousers are impeccable, with a timeless quality and design that makes them a worthy investment. But, not all of our budgets stretch that far. At the mid-range price point, I personally think Reformation is the brand to beat (I have their best-selling Mason Pants in three colours) and they also have options available in petite lengths and extended sizes. COS's wide-leg trousers are famously the best on the high street, with adjustable waist tabs in most designs that mean they fit perfectly. But Arket's are a close runner-up, with H&M and M&S offering the best affordable versions. That's just scratching the surface. 

Keep scrolling, and you'll find my poured-over list of the best wide-leg trousers to buy in 2023—from the perfect classic black style to summer-ready linen and cargo options—and there are styles to suit all body shapes, and all budgets. Below, you'll also find plenty of ideas on how the best-dressed influencers are styling their wide-leg trousers, too. 

Best Overall Wide-Leg Trousers:

The ultimate pair of wide-leg trousers which come in multiple colours. 

This is the wool version which feel slightly smarter and more autumn-ready. 

Best Wide-Leg Trousers for Curves:

Abercrombie's Curve Love range is perfect for those with a curvier bum and hips and a smaller waist. 

Best Wide-Leg Trousers for Petites:

These are my personal favourite pair. I'm 5'2", and these fall at just the right length. 

Best Silk Wide-Leg Trousers:

I'm still dreaming of this perfect holiday pair. 

Best Linen Wide-Leg Trousers:

There are a lot of white wide-leg linen trousers out there, but these are the very best in my opinion. 

Best Plus-Size Wide-Leg Trousers:

Reformation has such a great offering of wide-leg trousers in extended sizes, and I love this smarter linen pair in particular. 

Best Luxury Wide-Leg Trousers:

Best Wide-Leg Cargo Trousers:

Wide-leg cargo trousers are everywhere now, but it's Frankie Shop's OG Maesa style that I love best. They feel cool but still smart enough for the office or a night out. 

Best High-Street Wide-Leg Trousers:

These are a perennial best seller. 

Best Side-Stripe Wide-Leg Trousers:

For an elevated athleisure buy, you can't beat these. 

Shop More of the Best Wide-Leg Trousers:

These sold out really quickly, but they've just been restocked. 

I just fell in love with these, they're next on my wish list. 

The quality of Everlane's timeless pieces is incredible, and I love that you can buy the matching blazer too. 

How to Wear Wide-Leg Trousers:

Liv wears camel wide leg trousers with waistcoat



Liv styles her trousers with an M&S waistcoat. 

Felicia wears wide leg trousers with denim jacket



I love the addition of a denim jacket. 

Aysha Sow wears linen wide leg trousers



A gorgeous linen trousers outfit. 

Stripes are very chic. 

@modedamour wears wide leg trousers with blazer.



Perfect for styling with Adidas Sambas

Sasha wears wide leg trousers with a waistcoat



I love how Sasha has paired this with a fresh white waistcoat. 

Wide legs work so well as part of a suit. 

Dress them up with heels. 

Raeann wears linen wide leg trousers suit



Linen wide-leg trousers are so chic. 

Up Next: The 8 Best Shoes to Wear With Wide-Leg Trousers

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