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Whether you’re into fashionable flares or disco-reminiscent bell bottoms, the current mantra when it comes to pants is simple: the wider, the better. Wear wide-leg pants with a cropped top or blazer, and pair them with low-top shoes to create a tall, sophisticated look.​

Although this style is mostly associated with glam-rock musicians and grooving Motown dancers, its origins are in fact rooted firmly in the US Navy. 19th- century sailors had function as opposed to fashion in mind, as they found that wide-leg pants could easily be rolled up when treading through water.

In current years, flared trousers have gone from Sonny and Cher to Scandi chic, and while the silhouette has remained mostly the same (see Chloé’s referential corduroy styles or Gucci’s straight from Studio 54 pants) styling is the key to shying away from their costume element.

How to wear high waisted wide-leg pants

Wide pants from Etro

The key to rocking full on flares that sit high on the waist? Proportions, of course. Cropped tops are a sweet and chic addition to any wardrobe, but can be limiting when it comes to both weather and occasion. However, it is the perfect balance for a pair of flared pants, and accentuated with a waist belt makes for a playful yet polished appearance.

 

What shoes to wear with wide-leg pants

Vince wide-leg pants

Cropped pants create a dramatic silhouette, and this sartorial element combined with their ankle-bearing aesthetic make them the perfect partner for your treasured investment shoes. Think luxe sandals from Gucci, or a pair of beaded slip-ons from Brunello Cucinelli. Our top tip? Opt for low-top styles, as higher cuts will create the illusion of a shorter leg.

 

Printed wide-leg pants outfit

Chloé wide leg pants

The formula for printed pants and painterly prints are simple: wider legs means more display room for the likes of Chloé’s bohemian patterns or Burberry’s iconic Monogram print. For fail-safe styling, stick to either a plain white top, or pick a single hue that is present in your chosen print and continue that color on your top or blouse.

 

Continue browsing through Mytheresa for designer wide-leg pants for women and get in touch with our Customer Service team for more outfit inspiration. In addition, make sure to have a look at our finest selection of culottes.

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