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How To Wear And Style Wide Leg Pants

As we dive deeper into the New Year it’s time to re-think our wardrobes as well as the shapes and silhouettes that make us feel confident, comfortable and oh-so-stylish. So say goodbye to ill-fitting pants because 2023 is the year of the universally flattering wide-leg, and here at BB we could not be more thrilled! 


At BB, we consider wide-leg pants a quintessential wardrobe staple all year round, and with their versatility and ability to flatter anyone of all ages, body shapes and sizes, it’s no surprise that everyone is adding to cart!


First things first let’s bust some myths with some quickfire questions on wide-leg pants:  

1. Do wide-leg pants make you look shorter?  

Contrary to most people’s fear, wide-leg pants work to elongate the legs… a definite win for those of us with petite pins! 

Style tip: To create maximum impact and height, ensure pants fall below ankle length and shoes just peak out underneath! Bonus points if you wear a small, comfortable heel which will lengthen the leg even more and often gives the illusion of better posture.    

2. How do you wear wide-leg jeans over 40?

Don’t let age get in the way of style! For a mature and elevated look, pair a classic pair of wide-leg jeans or pants with a crisp button-up this screams timeless and fabulous.

3. How to wear wide-leg pants plus size?

Wide-leg pants are fabulous in enhancing your curves and providing definition where you want it. Pair with a fitted top that compliments your figure to maximise this flattering silhouette.

What body type looks good in wide-leg pants?  

Gone are the days when wide-leg pants were reserved for celebrities and Amazonian-like models, at BB we believe wide-leg pants should be celebrated on all body types, from petite to plus size. If you don’t believe us here’s why: 


Rectangle shape – Wide-leg pants are game changers in defining your figure, so say hello to your waistline because these pants are destined to flatter! 

Pear shape – Often featuring a high-rise stretchy waist, wide-leg pants draw focus to the waist and legs, leaving your hips out of the spotlight! 

Apple Shape – Looking to accentuate your legs and flatter your midsection? Then wide-leg pants are the hero piece you need to create balanced proportions! 

How do I style wide-leg pants?  

How to wear wide-leg pants casual?  

Go for linen, cotton or micro modal in classic colours or fun prints to echo a more casual look and feel. Not only do these fabrics wear well but they ooze an effortless flair that’s synonymous with everyday dressing. Pair it with a classic tee or printed top and finish with white sneakers to keep it cool and effortless.  

How to style wide-leg pants for an event?

If you’re seeking a more elevated alternative, look no further than the silk and Italian Linen variations of our new favourite pants. This luxurious and floaty take on the wide-leg silhouette can be paired with matching tops and heels for a glamorous look.

What shoes to wear with wide-leg pants?

Your shoe choice has the ability to make or break an outfit (no pressure) and it couldn’t be truer when it comes to styling wide-leg pants which is why we’ve developed a few guidelines to keep you on track:  

Heels & Wedges

When it comes to shoes, the higher the heel the longer the legs. Whilst heels might feel too ostentatious for every day, they are the perfect companions to an elevated, event-ready look, especially when paired with the silky wide-leg numbers we mentioned earlier.   

Platform Sandals

If you’re looking to achieve the smart casual dress code then platform sandals may just be the thing you’re looking for. Featuring a stacked sole, they give you the height you desire without a trip to physio, not to mention your fresh pedicure some time in the spotlight.


Now if you’re like us and never too far away from a stylish pair of runners then don’t fret, the perfect sneaker for wide-leg pants thankfully exists! A pair of platform white sneakers with an almond toe will give you a fresh modern look whilst offering your feet that all-day comfort.

What top should I wear with wide pants?  

When selecting a top to pair with wide-leg pants it’s important to keep in mind the proportions that you’re trying to achieve. Look for tops, shirts or tanks that skim the waist or can easily be tucked as this will give the illusion of a shorter torso, gifting your legs some extra height. However, longer more tunic-like tops can be equally as flattering especially when paired with pants in the same hue as this gives an effortlessly streamlined look.  

Our favourite tops for tucking  

BB’s favourite longer tops  

To help get you started on your wide-leg pant journey we’ve created some fool-proof outfits to spark some inspiration. Whether you like to keep it classic in monochrome, make a statement in prints or colour block like crazy, we guarantee there’s a wide-leg pant out there for you.  

Colour-block Commotion

Natural Neutrals

Monochromatic Mania

Printed Perfection

Be sure to let us know your favourite BB wide-leg pants in the comments!

BB xx


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