Editor's Best Tips On How to Wear Wide-Leg Pants

Skinny pants have held court for years now, and while a slim leg will never go out of style, I’m making the case for a pant with a little more drama this spring. The wide-leg trouser may seem like an intimidating trend (how in the world could massive amounts of fabric be flattering?) especially if you’re on the shorter side like myself. But I have a few key secrets to pulling it off with confidence, and I’m excited to share. Hint: it’s all about the shoe.

Look 1: Cocktail Party

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I stand by the rule that you can wear anything to a cocktail party, even office staples like a pair of wide-leg trousers, if you accessorize the right way. It’s all about swapping out your subtle daytime jewelry for statement pieces—the more the merrier!

What I Wore:
H&M Top ($40, 855.466.7467); H&M Wide Pants ($60); Tory Burch Aimee Pumps ($421); Tila March Romy Clutch ($595, available in black); Dannijo Kendall Earrings ($495); Dannijo Genevieve Cuff ($495, 646.755.8909), Dannijo Riggs Bracelet ($295); Lizzie Fortunato Jewels Sacred Valley Peach Bracelet ($188); Tiffany Chou 44th + 9th Bracelet ($66).

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It wouldn’t be a cocktail ensemble without at least one element of allure. This off-the-shoulder button-down is an unexpected way to show a little skin.

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A delightful mix of jewel-encrusted bangles paired with one large statement cuff ensures the look is evening-appropriate.

Look 2: Office

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When you think of office basics—wide-leg trousers, button-down shirts, tailored vests—your eyes most likely glaze over with boredom. However, there are ways to inject a little personality into your look while remaining completely polished: think charming accessories (viva the pocket square!) and subtle mixed prints.

What I Wore:
​Gap New Tailored Dot Shirt ($50) in Optic White; April, May Quest Mix Vest ($440,33.0.9.67.25.78.60); H&M Wide Pants ($60); AllSaints Kara Pump Heel ($335); Tory Burch 797 Medium Satchel ($575) in Natural Raffia/Natural Snake; Massimo Dutti Basic Leather Belt ($56, 212.371.2555) in Black; Sarah Chloe Lana Oval Signet Ring ($98); O’Harrow Clothiers Japanese Family Crest Pocket Square ($32, similar style here).

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Wearing a shoe with an exposed top of foot is a must for pulling off a voluminous trouser. It elongates the leg, which is key, especially for petite girls like me!

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From afar my outfit looks as if it’s comprised of solid colors, but up close the subtle pattern mix takes the outfit to the next level. You wouldn’t think a polka dot shirt would go with a pinstripe and plaid vest, but it completely works when limited to a neutral palette.

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A classic signet ring is a polished touch that subtly reminds colleagues and clients of your name.

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