The Fix: How to Wear This Season's Wide-Leg Trousers

Style expert Kim Johnson Gross tells an iVillage member what to do with the '70s trend this time around

Q: I've been seeing runway photos from New York Fashion Week for spring of models in wide-leg pants. I'm so excited because I was not a big fan of skinny jeans myself. This trend comes and goes, but what I want to know is, how should we wear them this time around?

A: Seventies fashion dominated the spring runways, which made the wide-leg pants and platform shoes look new again.

For those who had a difficult time finding pants that were flattering and comfortable to wear because the skinny-leg trend dominated store racks, you’ll be relieved that the wide-leg pant is now the style of choice. They also sit higher on the hip, which is good news if you’ve been fighting a "muffin" middle. When choosing a pair, keep these tips in mind...

Tip 1: The generous cut of the full leg flatters women with large hips or thighs, but can appear overwhelming if you are not tall. The higher waist version helps to make legs appear longer.

Tip 2: Do not wear them cuffed, especially if you are short. It will break the elongated line of the leg. Cuffs also tend to look sloppy. To keep the fluid line of the pant, steam out the pant crease if there is one.

Tip 3: Also, they look best with a substantial shoe like platforms, wedge or clogs. They hold up to the full leg and also provide the height to carry them off.

Tip 4: A fitted top balances a fuller leg. It also gives the body some definition. Short jackets give wide-leg pants a polished look suitable for the office. For the '70s boho look, wear it with a peasant blouse. Or for a soft, feminine look, wear a poet’s blouse, but only if belted for body shape. Otherwise you’ll appear sloppy and bigger than you are. For fashion drama, wear an overly sized wide leg that on first glance appears to be a long skirt.

Pictured:
Satin Cargo Pants ($59 at Spiegel)

Sateen High-Waist Wide-Leg Control Pants by Shape fx ($79 at Spiegel)

Signature Luxe Washable Tweed Classic-Fit Pants ($44 at Spiegel)

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Kim Johnson Gross co-founded 'Chic Simple,' a book series selling over 1.5 million copies, which has helped women dress for every stage of their lives. Read her latest book, 'What to Wear for the Rest of Your Life' -- it will change your life! Got a question for Kim? Visit her expert page and ask away!

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