But as we ease back into normal life, and with the arrival of a new season, you might be wondering how you’re going to transition from comfort to fashion. With jeans seemingly a step too far for many, we’ve found the next best thing: wide leg trousers.
With our pandemic purchases and outfits heavily influencing the spring/summer catwalks, designers went big on wafty, baggy trousers and more relaxed silhouettes – frankly, music to our ears.
Chanel introduced us to the idea of hot pink paper bag trousers, while at Louis Vuitton, it was cream oversized tailored bottoms cinched in at the waist, giving off big belt energy. And thanks to the comfort-meets-fashion designs, Moda Operandi noted that each of its top 10 bestselling trousers matched this wide leg, slouchy style.
With Gen Z declaring skinny jeans over, 2021 is about all things loose and slouchy it seems, and we’re here for it. In a bid to find the creme de la creme of wide leg trousers, we selected the ones based on their fit, versatility and cost, while of course bearing in mind the designer trends.
From slouchy tailored designs to floaty linen cuts, here you can find the best wide leg trousers to be seen in for the upcoming season.
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Motel Rocks Abba trousers
Giving off The Row vibes at the fraction of the price, you simply cannot go wrong with this pair of wide leg suit trousers. With a high-waisted cut and long length, these nail the trend in the best way possible. Dress up with heels and a black cropped top and down with trainers and a baggy tee. If cream isn’t your colour, there are a full range of other to choose from – including pink, sage and check brown.
Buy now £45.00, Motelrocks.com
AllSaints Millie high-rise relaxed trousers
A relaxed silhouette, wide leg and high-waist cut, there’s not much this pair of trousers doesn’t deliver on. They also have an elasticated waist band if you’re not prepared to part with it just yet. These are ideal for wearing to the office (when and if that’s on the cards) as well as on off-duty styling days with trainers and a denim jacket. It is worth noting though, that these did come up particularly long.
Buy now £149.00, Allsaints.com
Na-kd structured pants
Don’t let the name of these trews deceive you, there’s little structure here, and that’s why they proved such a crowd pleaser. With a straight down, wide fit, the crepe material is comfortable, yet stylish. Wear with this Zara puffed sleeve cropped poplin top (£27.99, Zara) to really make a statement. Owing to the fabric, we’d recommend wearing with underwear that matches your skin tone.
Buy now £40.95, Na-kd.com
Warehouse elastic waist wide leg trouser
The name of these trousers made us think we’d be onto a winner – a jogger style cut and an elasticated waistline, this is as close to loungewear as you can get. The drawstring design works to accentuate the waistline and we loved wearing them with this tight white Zara bodysuit (£14.99, Zara) and an unbuttoned oversized shirt. If you’ve already got plenty of black clothing in your wardrobe, you’ll be pleased to hear these also come in blue and taupe.
Buy now £39.20, Warehousefashion.com
Monsoon circle belt wide leg trousers blue
Giving off Louis Vuitton vibes thanks to the belt fastening, these wide leg trousers were an instant hit. With deep pockets and a particularly high waist, these provided support and accentuated the bum. Unsure how to style them? Try pairing with a Breton top and a leather jacket.
Buy now £55.00, Monsoon.co.uk
Marks and Spencer linen wide leg trousers
As the spring and summer months begin to roll in, make linen your fabric of choice when it comes to dressing. Being ultra-light and breathable, it’s the perfect material for a hot summer’s day. And this pair of trousers are ideal.
Made from a blend of linen (52 per cent) and viscose (48 per cent), they’re lightweight and airy, and incredibly easy to wear. When styling, we’d recommend pairing with a fitted tank top, like this ribbed number from Urban Outfitters (£10, Urban Outfitters), to provide contrast from the lofty cut of the bottoms.
Buy now £39.50, Marksandspencer.com
Mango flowy palazzo trousers
A classic palazzo pant is a wardrobe staple, and these from Mango did not disappoint. Fitting tight around the waist before flowing to a wide leg, these are comfortable and versatile. While cream is an obvious choice for this time of year, they’re also available in black should you prefer. Wear with an oversized thin knit jumper loosely tucked in or with a white tee and blazer for when you want to feel a little more pulled together. The best bit of all though is that they look and feel far more high end than the price tag suggests.
Buy now £49.99, Shop.mango.com
& Other Stories wide press crease trousers
With slouchy beige trousers a big hit on the catwalks, we absolutely love the way & Other Stories has tapped into the trend. A slightly more structured pair of trews, these are made from a thicker, verging on woolen material that makes them feel extra smart. Pair with a similar tone blouse and use a thin statement belt to break up the look.
Buy now £65.00, Stories.com
H&M patterned trousers
If you’re searching for an understated way to dress up, party PJs are the way to go. Equal parts comfortable and stylish, these trousers from H&M are ideal for your next trip to a beer garden or alfresco dining event. We’d suggest wearing with a platform trainer and an oversized T-shirt or going full monty and pairing with the matching blouse.
Buy now £19.99, Hm.com
The verdict: Women’s wide leg trousers
With beige slouchy tailored trousers a huge hit on the spring/summer catwalks, the Motel Rocks Abba trousers are the ultimate way to tap into the trend. With a great length and high-waisted cut that cinches you in perfectly, you simply cannot go wrong. What’s more, these can easily be dressed up for trips to bars (remember those?) or down for weekends spent chilling — you can’t beat versatility.
We’ve also found the best women’s white T-shirts to go with your new pair of trousers