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As we head into autumn (where did the summer go?!) I've started to peruse the shops for transitional pieces that hold up well in warm, windy and cold weather: a chunky knit here, a pea coat there. During my search, I kept coming across the same pair of grey wide-leg trousers, which I would overlook in favour of pieces that seemed to be more 'flattering'. Sure, wide-leg trousers made an impact on the catwalks this season, everywhere from Stella McCartney to Acne Studios, creating a striking silhouette on smaller bodies. And yes, they had swagger. But off the catwalk? They’re an unacceptable breach of breeches conduct. Sheer pantaloon-acy, to be given an equally wide berth.
When it comes to plus-size style, there are those of us who have a real phobia of wearing purposely oversized or baggy pieces, for fear they will make us look even bigger than we are. I’d be lying if I said that wasn’t one of the first thoughts that entered my mind when I saw said trousers. Nevertheless, wide-leg trousers are an actual vibe. A mood. A classically cut pair will never go out of style. Besides, when people see plus-size folk in public, our size is normally the first thing they notice, so we may as well walk out in style, wearing something awesome, right?
Wide-leg trousers are great because they are incredibly versatile, slotting neatly into both a working and weekend wardrobe. Thanks to the high waist, they have the power to make your legs look twice as long, and can be worn in a multitude of ways for all occasions, with an assortment of blouses, crop tops, sandals, pumps or boots. Below are three ways I style the Daisy Street grey wide-leg trousers, and the best of the rest to shop now.
Easy Does It
This is an everyday look which I think works well for work as well as more casual events. For those who are new to the wide-leg fit, casual looks are the easiest way to experiment. Start off with a classic, muted colour or fabric, such as navy, grey or black in cotton or a wool blend. Depending on the shade of the trousers, you might want to opt for a top that packs a real punch – this balloon-sleeve cropped jumper from a brand called find, which is exclusive to Amazon, does that brilliantly with these grey trousers. To balance out the extra fabric below, think simple. Choose a well-fitting crew-neck T-shirt or jumper or tuck a top in to highlight front pleats and a high waist. I added classic low-rise black Vans for a super comfortable, casual look.
Date Night Ready
This look is more date-friendly. I styled the trousers here with a pair of geometric sandals for a pop of colour and a recycled bikini top. Yes, that's right my friends! I find bikini tops have a far wider range of prints, patterns and colours than your bog standard crop tops, plus we love a multitasking piece. I threw on a black denim jacket to tie it all together.
Give Me The Night
Again demonstrating that wide-leg trousers look chic with anything, for the final look I paired them with a lace bodysuit from ASOS Curve and a snake-print silk shirt from Very. It’s giving you evening strolls down Copacabana beach, is it not? You can wear this look with flat or heeled sandals – I opted for the latter, just to ham up the chic nighttime vibe of the outfit. It's sexy and confident: ultimately what these trousers are all about. There is something about wearing a pair of wide-fit trousers that commands attention when you walk into a room. An iconic, versatile and timeless piece of tailoring for all occasions.