H&M's Wide-Leg Trousers Have a Cult Following—I Tried the Best Pairs

When a high-street item starts garnering a certain amount of hype, it seriously piques our interest here at Who What Wear. That’s what happened recently, anyway, when word got around about how great H&M’s wide-leg trousers were. Last year, we sold over 1000 pairs through our site, and after delving deeper, we realised that most styles were consistently receiving incredible reviews online. So of course, we had to see how good they were for ourselves. 

I was tasked with trying on as many pairs as I could get my hands on (harder than it sounds when they fly out of stock as quickly as they do) to see whether they lived up to expectations and to figure out which styles, in particular, were worth spending money on. Turns out those reviewers weren’t wrong, and there were quite a few brilliant ones that looked and felt expensive despite their affordable price tags. Unsurprisingly, some of the pairs are now running low in stock already, but if you keep scrolling, I've added links to very similar pairs made from the same materials that are brand-new on-site.

H&M Wide-Leg Trousers

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I have to admit I used to think wide-leg trousers were a difficult trend to wear, especially since I’m only 5’2”, but H&M’s styles completely changed my opinion. Although they give that smart, tailored look, they were all surprisingly comfortable, and most even had elasticated waists or sections at the back—genius. I’ve taken to wearing them while working from home so I can still feel a bit polished, and they’ve definitely become a new staple in my wardrobe. (Sorry, jeans.) Plus, they’re surprisingly versatile when it comes to shoe pairings—I found they work with trainersboots, loafers and even chunky sandals as we head into summer. 

Below, you’ll find my favourite pairs and how I styled them as well as more really impressive styles that are on my list to try next.

1. Black Tailored Pull-On Trousers

H&M Wide-Leg Trousers

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H&M Wide-Leg Trousers

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@emilyjdawes

These were my favourite pair and were so comfy given the stretchy waistband. I loved them with my old Converse, so I think I’d take them up an inch for my petite height, but they were perfect with heeled boots. 

This inclusive style goes up to a size 4XL.

H&M Wide-Leg Trousers

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@emilyjdawes

I loved that these had belt loops to add my favourite Totême belt, which made them feel even more polished. The cream hue might be dangerous around coloured liquids, but it makes them perfect for transitioning into spring. 

3. Black Drawstring Wide Trousers

H&M Wide-Leg Trousers

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These were probably the comfiest pair I tried, but the silky fabric balanced it out to keep them feeling super luxe. I loved that you could wear them with a knit like this during the day and add a blazer and heels for evenings out. 

H&M Wide-Leg Trousers

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@emilyjdawes

I loved these linen-mix trousers from H&M’s Conscious collection. I had so many compliments while wearing them, and the side-split detailing at the ankle meant they were really easy to wear with trainers. I paired them with leather on a chilly day, but I can’t wait to wear them with vests come summer. 

5.Tailored Wool-Blend Trousers

H&M Wide-Leg Trousers

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Since I'm now an H&M-wide-leg-trousers convert, I couldn't resist trying these spring-perfect beige ones on when I went into the H&M showroom recently. I was so impressed the trousers and the matching suit jacket came home with me. 

This whole suit would be perfect for summer weddings, as well as for work. 

I love the turned-up hems of this pair. 

I can guarantee you these will be sold out by the time summer comes around. The beige and black have already been and gone. Invest now or regret it later. 

H&M's plus-size offering is great, and it includes a few pairs of classic wide-leg trousers like this. 

The chocolate brown makes these feel elevated. 

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