Where to Wear: The Wide-Leg Trouser

Let this relaxed yet chic look take you from brunch to the circus.

By Niki Fanara February 27, 2015

Taking cues from NYFW, that '70s style is back. Whether you prefer soft and feminine or menswear-inspired casual, your go-to pant this spring is none other than the wide-leg trouser. And in case you thought trousers were strictly for the office, think again. This polished classic knows no bounds, taking you from work to weekend, and everywhere in between. 


While you venture to an island of beauty and mystique at Cirque du Soleil’s latest, Amaluna, you’ll be right on cue with a pair of wide-leg trousers, complimented by a classic tee and fitted blazer. Top off the look with a long necklace, convenient clutch—and what’s more mysterious than a beautiful lady underneath a classy hat?

Clockwise from top left: Band of Outsiders wide leg trousers in navy, $595 at Laboratoria; Eric Javits rabbit hair felt hat in plum, $390 at Nordstrom; Lucky Star Jewels ‘Winstone’ necklace, $218 at Anthropologie; J. Crew tissue tee, $29.50 at J. Crew; Clare Vivier grand slam pouch, $225 at Anthropologie; Avant Toi knit blazer in Delfino, $649 at Abejas; The ‘Clare’ oxford in vintage canvas, $148 at Madewell.


Nothing says ‘weekend look’ better than comfortable basics, but that doesn’t mean you should scrimp on charm. When you head to The Vintique Flea with your BFF, don’t be afraid to pair a chunky sweater and lightweight scarf with your wide-leg trouser, practical flats and a pretty pout for an effortlessly chic Saturday style. 

Clockwise from top left: Krewe du Optic ‘Charles’ sunglasses in Bengal; $185 at Cakewalk Style Shop; Band of Outsiders wide leg trousers in navy, $595 at Laboratoria; Vince chunky mesh crew neck sweater in new buff combo, $207 at; Bite Beauty high pigment lip pencil in Quince – rose berry, $24 at Sephora; Anniel derby glitter shoe in gold, $145 at Abejas; Zara mini city office bag in sky blue, $80 at Zara; Alexander McQueen exploding flower and skull print scarf, $385 at Tootsies.


What better way to round out the weekend then brunching at the newly revamped and reopened Hubbell & Hudson Bistro in your most feminine trouser look yet? Take your Annie Hall-inspired pants to a ladylike level with a tailored sweater, statement necklace and a wedge to give your legs some length. You won’t be outshined even by chef Austin Simmons’ beautifully plated fare. 

Clockwise from top left: Laura Siegel partial horn necklace in natural, $285 at Leap; Marc by Marc Jacobs ‘Iris’ sweater in pretty bright pink multi, $248 at Nordstrom; Band of Outsiders wide leg trousers in navy, $595 at Laboratoria; Elaine Turner ‘Julia’ camel wedge, $298 at Elaine Turner; Honeycomb horn bracelet set, $98 at Anthropologie; Presmer wearstler clutch in blossom, $408 at Cakewalk Style Shop.

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