How to Style Wide Leg Pants + 6 Outfit Ideas

*This is an older post that continues to be one of my most popular on Pinterest, so I updated it in 2022 with new links/additional information + a bonus outfit at the beginning.*

I always just feel as if wide leg pants make a bit of a statement, while also simultaneously being very easy to wear.

Plus the silhouette looks great on just about everyone.

There is a bit of a trick to styling them as proportions really are important, but that’s where this post comes in. 😉

I’m going to show you six ways that I like to style wide leg pants, with some fit notes on the exact pants I chose.

Let’s hop to it!

|| 2022 Bonus Look ||

Photos by Becky Ankrum Photography

Outfit Details:

Peplum Top (XS) | Jeans (26) | Sandals | Sunglasses | Bag | Necklace | Earrings | Bracelet

This is my newest and freshest take on wide leg pants! In past years I’ve always went with the tucked in or crop top pairing with a wide leg style, but I really love how they look with a cute peplum top… who would’ve thought! 😉 I do think the peplum has to be on the shorter side to make this work, and I don’t think this look would work with any other type of tank silhouette (still very much on the side of tucking tops into wide leg jeans), but this does give a fun, updated vibe which I love.

|| Look 1: tucked in tee ||

How to Style Wide Leg Pants + 6 Outfit Ideas, rachel comey legion wide leg jeans, everlane sandals, bembien jolene mini black

Outfit Details:

Tee (S) | Jeans (4. Low stock so linking to similar by same brand here) | Sandals (old from Everlane so linked similar) | Bar Necklace & Pendant Necklace | Bag

You really can’t go wrong with a black and white combo, it’s just as classic as it gets, but I do love that the wide leg silhouette makes it look a lot more current. This outfit looks great with a pair of heeled sandals, but it would also look great with a pair of flat sandals or sneakers!

|| Look 2: with a crop top ||

How to Style Wide Leg Pants + 6 Outfit Ideas, linen two piece set, sugar candy mountain, love & confuse linen, shin + na linen mitaka small, either/or nyc woven slides in miel

Outfit Details:

Bag (gifted. review here) | Linen Tank (size up)| Pants (XS) | Slides (10% off with code KARIN10. Review here) | Pendant

I think everyone needs a pair of beige wide leg linen pants… they are one of the most versatile items of clothing for summer. They’re great styled like I did here with a matching crop top, but they’re also great over a swimsuit or with a cozy sweater on a cooler summer evening.

|| Look 3: with a tank top and clogs ||

How to Style Wide Leg Pants + 6 Outfit Ideas, everlane lightweight wide leg crop chino, cut out tank, everlane woven clogs, vintage straw bag

Outfit Details (Affiliate Links):

Tank (XS) | Pants (old. linked similar) | Clogs (old. linked similar) | Vintage straw bag (linked similar)

Another staple: khaki pants… but in a wide leg style you have a really cool and interesting outfit. I just love a good lighter khaki color paired with a white tank, but the addition of the cognac color keeps things nice and warm.

|| Look 4: with a voluminous blouse ||

How to Style Wide Leg Pants + 6 Outfit Ideas, christy dawn faye top, gap white wide leg pants, nisolo isla slides, straw circle bag

Outfit Details:

Blouse (old. linked similar) | Pants (old. linked similar) | Sandals (TTS) | Bag (old. linked similar)

I live for an all white and cream outfit and this one is no different. It’s especially wearable when you’re wearing a comfy pair of chino pants (wide leg of course) and slide sandals that are easy to throw on and go. This outfit is spring/summer perfection.

|| Look 5: with a basic cami ||

How to Style Wide Leg Pants + 6 Outfit Ideas, everlane wide leg jeans, linenfox black linen cami, everlane crossover sandal, bembien jolene mini black

Outfit Details:

Linen Tank (size down) | Jeans (old. linked similar) | Sandals (TTS) | Bag | Earrings

I think everyone needs a good pair of wide leg jeans in their closet. They’re so easy to style, but they make a very basic outfit look a lot more interesting! My rule of thumb is to keep the top more fitted to balance out the bottom proportions, but I think a billowy top can look really cute tucked into a pair of wide leg jeans as well.

|| Look 6: with a casual blouse ||

How to Style Wide Leg Pants + 6 Outfit Ideas, it is well la gauze long sleeve top, black kotn cropped culotte pants, everlane reknit day glove shoe, straw circle bag

Outfit Details:

Blouse | Pants (old. linked similar) | Flats (size up) | Bag (old. linked similar)

Another classic look with black wide leg pants. They tend to feel a bit dressy in my opinion, but here’s a great option for dressing them down a bit. This would look great with a pair of canvas sneakers as well!

There you go! I hope that was helpful. It’s been fun the last couple of weeks choosing a specific piece of clothing, and then styling it different ways (did you see last week’s post where I styled basic tees?). I think it’s a great way to maximize your closet… and like I said last week you could pull all of these outfits off with the same pair of wide leg pants. You definitely don’t need to have six different pairs to make this work. Do you love wide leg pants as much as I do? Let me know in the comments!

Also, I’ve done lots of posts now on how to style wide leg pants which you can look through here.

I hope you all have a great weekend! We’ll be setting up a bunk bed, a swing set, and redecorating the girls’ room so… we’ll be busy ha!

Until next time,

Leave a Comment


  1. 5.29.20
    Jaclyn said:

    Hi Emily! You inspired me to try wide leg pants and I actually just bought those Gap ones haha but I’m curious as to what size you’re wearing? You say they’re true to size (I actually don’t know my size right now cause I’m still losing postpartum weight). My ivory runs seem to run longer and larger than the black. Thanks!

    • 5.29.20
      Karin said:

      Hi Jaclyn! I got them in a size 6 which is what I was wearing at the time of purchase. They are a little big on me now because I have lost some weight/inches since then, but they would still fit a size 6.

  2. 1.18.21

    These wide-leg pants all are my favorites, and I want to shop for more to my closet.

    • 1.18.21
      Karin said:

      They’re really good!

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