Monochrome Magic

From the complete opposite of skinny pants and the antidote to active wear, this season’s silhouette taking centre stage is the arrival of the wide-leg pant. From the front rows of fashion week, show-goers were notably seen embracing wide-leg trousers in favour of skin tight pants. In this week’s post, I will show you how to style the wide-leg pant and while celebrities such as Gigi Hadid, and Karlie Kloss might like to team a super mini crop top with them, I decided to recreate a more polished look with an off-the-shoulder knit to compliment the high volume fabric.

The first step in adding new volume to your wardrobe is to invest in a pair of high-waisted wide-leg pants. A complete antidote to the bodycon trend that has dominated boutiques since 2010, the resurgence of the wide leg trousers couldn’t have come at a better time. I have long been a fan of this silhouette, and no matter how tall or short you may be, I am yet to see anyone who actually looks ‘short’ in a pair of high-waisted trousers.

The added advantage to the wide leg trousers is they make you look inches taller than you are, and gives the finish of ‘legs for days’. Start by determining your colour palette, as I already own a pair of black wide leg trousers, I decided to opt for white. White can take me all year round, and make such a statement that you don’t need to add anymore to your wardrobe.

The pair I am wearing is available from Bardot. You will find that at the beginning of each season brands usually bring out a range of wide leg pants and will always feature at least one pair in their collection. When trying on pairs of pants, aim for ones that feature a tie waist as this way they provide a lot of definition and when teaming it with tops.

To keep your proportions balanced, (as wide leg pants are a bit of a balancing act) play it slim on the top half by choosing fabrics that are crisp but not too heavy and seek to accentuate the waist. By all means if you feel brave enough then team a mini cropped top with the pants, otherwise try teaming an off-the-shoulder knit with your pants.

An off-the-shoulder top is a perfect choice to wear with wide leg pants, as they show off enough skin on the shoulders to add balance to the outfit and always stays season appropriate (let’s face it, there’s only so much skin you can show in winter without freezing!). Other alternatives to pair with your wide-leg pants include, denim shirts as they look very chic boasting a ‘resort vibe’ to your outfit.

Accessories can help to add the finishing touches to your outfit, so choose carefully the right bag or clutch to introduce to your look and ensure that it doesn’t interrupt the flow of the clothes. I opted to introduce a chain bag for extra volume and some arm candy for interest.

Feel free to add a necklace if you like, just be sure to avoid a belt with your look as it might just confuse the outfit. When teaming shoes with your look, I generally stay within the rules and opt first for a tan/nude shoe when wearing white. Dark colour shoes eg black can cut the leg/foot off in a very unflattering way and interrupt the finish of the outfit.

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