Lauren Hutton, Jackie Kennedy and Katharine Hepburn. These ladies are hall-of-fame style icons, and they’re also women known to have stepped out wearing wide-leg trousers. Perhaps that’s how this silhouette became a staple of the chic woman’s wardrobe.
Of course, the wide-leg pant has evolved over the years to include everything from formal to ultra-casual styles. But that’s a good thing, yes? Because it means you can find the perfect pant for whatever the occasion, and at the right price to boot. See our top picks below, all priced under $50. Enjoy!
Wide-Legged Trousers for Any Occasion
For the office
A polyester/rayon blend pant is perfect for the office for two reasons. One, these pants need very little ironing, which is always a plus. And two, they have a nice sheen to them, so you won’t feel like you’re wearing sweatpants.
Wear these with a fitted or darted blouse and belt. Add in a waist-length jacket and you’ll feel like your legs just got 2 inches longer.
For the pool
An evening glass of wine by the pool anyone? These light, rayon pants with an elasticized waist and fun paisley print are a chic option for casual evenings with friends. You will also feel gloriously comfortable wearing these on your next road trip. Heck, you could even adopt this pant as your new pajama bottoms.
Soft copper is a gorgeous color choice for transitioning into fall. It bridges the gap between the bright summer palette and autumn’s rich, jewel tones. This airy pant is dressed up by a lovely lace trim and side slits. Wear these with a solid-color blouse or a simple, printed top. Heels or boots and a statement necklace will complete your look.
For running errands, shopping or just hanging around, an embroidered chambray trouser offers something different than the usual jogger or boyfriend jean. Pair these with a cute embellished sandal or wedge, plus an off-shoulder sweater. Keep the top tidy and tucked, and even add a belt for added structure.
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