Wide-Leg Pants

MORE’s resident style expert shows how to wear wide-leg pants.

By Charla Krupp
Fashion expert Charla Krupp. (Photo: Michael Waring)

Wide-Leg Pants for a PartyInstead of a dress, slip on super-elegant slinky silk in a delicious mix of mustard and plum. This bright sleeveless top drapes and shapes the upper body. Deep plum trousers minimize the way black ones do. If you’re tall, slip into fancy flats and you’re good to go. Piazza Sempione cotton/silk crepon top ($355). Marie Marie double-face silk trousers ($495). Missoni gold brocade flats ($495).Wide-Leg Pants for the Corporate OfficeThe best trouser fit is tight in the butt, snug on the hip — and these Poleci pants in black chalk-striped wool ($304) are it. We love the narrow waistband and sleek angled pockets. Great with Milly’s double-breasted wool jacket ($531). Styling tip: Chaiken’s gray silk charmeuse top ($260) stays untucked. If you’re five-foot-three-inches or shorter, you will need the height of platforms, like Derek Lam’s in leather and suede ($850).Wide-Leg Pants for 9 to 5 and Cocktails AfterwardCalling all pear shapes: Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B. sailor-inspired wool pants ($215) are the roomiest of the bunch, with a side zip that slims. Keep it trim with this body-hugging knit shirt from Chaiken ($286). Top off the lean navy base with a touch of luxe: Piazza Sempione’s fitted nubuck leather jacket ($2,730). Pollini slingback pumps ($535).Wide-Leg Pants to Wear to DinnerWhat’s polished and tailored? J. Crew’s Parker pants ($160), with slant pockets, will let you breathe easier. Keep the part that’s seen across the table unabashedly feminine in BCBG Max Azria’s sexy silk wrap ($178), which defines and whittles your waistline. Stuart Weitzman black patent pumps ($260).Wide-Leg Pants for the Casual OfficeHipster pants are for someone happy to show off her shape, because they don’t hide much. Michael Kors has the perfect pair in camel stretch wool ($725), with a flat wide waistline and no pockets to add bulges. Go ahead and tuck in a bodysuit — Norma Kamali’s brilliant new poly jersey blouson ($425) has just the right amount of ease. Chadwick’s T-straps ($40) add a chunky but ladylike finish.Originally published in MORE magazine, December 2007/January 2008.

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