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Women's Wide Leg Jeans

Wide leg jeans have long been a wardrobe staple. Invented in the 1960s, this style of jean has enjoyed a long life in the fashion world and doesn't seem to be going anywhere soon. Choosing the appropriate style of denim and knowing how to wear it well will help you create a sophisticated and fashionable ensemble.

Which designers make women’s wide leg jeans?

Many designers manufacture women’s wide leg jeans. Some high-end brands include:

  • 7 For all Mankind
  • Hudson
  • True Religion
  • Citizens of Humanity
  • Joe’s Jeans

Some mid-range brands include:

  • Levi’s
  • American Eagle
  • Express
  • Gap

What should I wear with wide leg jeans?

Matching attire will depend on the wash of the denim, the extent of the flare and your height. Shorter individuals will need to keep their outfit simple if they are looking to take advantage of the height-promoting view these jeans can provide. Generally, it is advisable to keep your top at hip level or tuck it into the waist of your jeans. If your jeans are longer, consider pairing them with heels to further elongate your appearance. Shorter wide leg jeans may be paired with ballet flats or tennis shoes, but are more suitable for taller women.

What’s the difference between wide leg jeans and flare jeans?

Wide leg pants fit looser through the thigh. This wide opening extends down all the way to the ankle. Flared denim, on the other hand, fits tightly through the thigh and flares out dramatically below the knee, resulting in a wide flare opening at the jeans’ ankle.

What body types are wide leg jeans flattering on?

Wide leg denim can be flattering on all body types, depending on how it is worn. Shorter women can pair their denim with heels for a view that appears taller. For straighter frames, the jeans help to create the appearance of a curvier body. For women with wide shoulders, these jeans can help balance their appearance, while women with curves will enjoy a minimized view of their leg and hip areas.

Do wide leg jeans stretch?

This will depend on the brand of jeans. Some designers add stretchy material such as spandex or elastane to their denim. This can help it retain its shape long-term and can also make denim more comfortable to wear.

Are wide leg jeans available in a cropped style?

Yes, cropped jeans featuring a wide leg are available from many designers. These wide leg pants may fall just below the calf and feature a wide flare opening at the bottom.

What should I wear with cropped wide leg jeans?

Cropped wide leg pants are an extremely versatile wardrobe piece and can be paired with a variety of apparel. Pairing wide leg pants with heels will give the appearance of longer legs, but these jeans can just as easily and fashionably be paired with flats. Again, keeping your top at hip level or tucked in is recommended. As for outerwear, cropped wide leg denim can be easily paired with both short and long jackets.

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