If you find yourself particularly drawn to wide leg jeans, know that your fixation is well-founded. At this point, denim jeans are an undying wardrobe mainstay, while oversized, boxier silhouettes stealthily spell out elegance. Put both together and you'll have a wardrobe staple that begs to be reworn again and again.
The prevalence of wide leg denim has recently been confirmed on the Spring/Summer 2022 runway, too, so this trend can't be fully blamed on Instagram. Peter Do's very minimalist and streamlined show featured a chute-like pair of wide leg jeans, while the characteristically tulle-heavy brand Molly Goddard snuck in a few pairs of super big trousers to go with their frilly frocks and tops.
In short, wide leg denim, with its familiar texture and subversive silhouette, can instantly elevate your outfit without shouting too loud. Plus, it helps that it's leagues comfier than a skinny pair! Below, 10 outfits to get you started (or to help you along) the way of wide leg denim. Scroll on!
10 Chic and Comfy Ways to Wear Wide Leg Jeans:
1. Black on Black + Leather Accents
Tap into a '90s vibe by pairing blue denim with matte leather. Wear a high neck black top, mid-rise denim jeans, square toe leather boots, and a taut handbag. Wrap the chic look with a black leather jacket of blazer-like proportions.
2. Backless Halter Top + Sock Boots + Gold Jewelry
Keep it clean and heat-friendly: Don a sultry tie-back halter top with a flattering backless cut and a deep v-neckline. Complete the look with dangling gold earrings and a stack of thin necklaces.
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3. White Bralette + Maximalist Accessories
A white bralette and jeans combo is as good a blank canvas as any. From there, work your way towards a party-ready outfit by piling on cheerful accessories. Try a printed headscarf, crystals, and supersized beaded bracelets.
4. White Button-Down + Neutral Accessories
Ace that coveted clean-girl look by going back to basics. Take out a crisp white shirt to wear with faded denim. Achieve the polished yet low-key look by opting for accessories in neutral hues, but with unexpected touches, e.g. an intrecciatto weave bag with a knot detail, and black pumps accented with silver.
5. Romantic Blouse + Chain Belt
Baggy doll blouses with dramatic collars and bibs are a current cult favorite. (You'll find an endless amount of these on online thrift shops.) If you want to style a dolly blouse in a contemporary manner, do not pair it with an equally flowy and ruffly skirt, which may lead to a fabric overload. Instead, counterpoint it with structured jeans like this exaggeratedly high-waisted pair. A dainty gold chain belt with a pendant will serve as the perfect final touch. Lastly, wear pointed heels to punctuate the look and echo the shape of the blouse's collar.
6. Breezy Light Neutrals + Open Toe Sandals
Denim doesn't always come in staticky blue. A true white pair will always look chic, especially when teamed with cool-toned light neutrals like rhino grey. Wear a cardigan with a hem that falls right above the buckle of your jeans. Accessorize with a chunky gold necklace, bulbous hoop earrings, and '60s-inspired narrow sunglasses. Give the baggy look some breathing room by opting for open toe sandals.
7. Sultry Turtleneck + Chunky Slippers
As it turns out, you can still wear turtlenecks in the summer! This blouse features split sides with pretty ribbon details, which minimizes the need for accessories. Complete the laidback OOTD with two-toned chunky slippers, which are all the rage at the moment.
8. Button-Down Worn as an Off-Shoulder Top + Fuzzy Bag + White Sneakers
In case you didn't know, you can wear any button-down as an off-shoulder top. Here's how to do it: Unbutton the shirt all the way down, sling it around your shoulders like a shawl, then tie the front to hold it in place. From there, fasten as many buttons as you can. You can style it with a fuzzy tote bag and white sneakers for that laidback, youthful look.
9. Head-to-Toe White + Chunky Bling
When in doubt, wear all-white. Elevate the casual outfit with a chain necklace, layered bangles, and hoop earrings. Consider this a minimalist's take on streetwear.
10. Denim on Denim
Regardless of people's opinion on the pairing, you can't deny that denim on denim will look cohesive no matter what (provided, of course, that the pieces in question are of the same wash). Wear a white turtleneck under an embroidered denim jacket, and go for vintage boots in a colorway that echoes the threadwork on the jacket.
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