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Trend To Try: Wide Leg Trousers

Wide leg trousers are the silhouette of the summer. Don’t be intimidated by the excess fabric. Instead, let it imbue you with a sense of relaxed elegance. Read on for the lowdown on the wide leg trouser trend and for Style Insider’s top tips on how to wear them…

What?
Long trousers cut with a loose, wide leg that flares from the thigh to the hem.

Why?
It was the 1930s when wide leg trousers came to fore, popularised by actresses Katharine Hepburn, Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich. In 1966, Yves Saint Laurent made waves with his Le Smoking suit; a two-piece dominated by its wide leg silhouette. The more exaggerated palazzo trousers were also popular in the ‘60s and ‘70s, flaring directly out from the waist. Today, the look is mostly tailored and ranges from the conservative to the extreme.

How?
A wide leg can be a tricky silhouette to pull off. Avoid extra volume looking shapeless by wearing your trousers high on the waist. Whether paper-bagged or tailored, make sure to tuck your top in. Wide leg trousers are most flattering worn with heels, (especially if you are on the shorter side) and extra-long in the leg. Great for evening in silk and crepe, alternatively, try wearing by day with flats and hems that are rolled to the ankle.

Who?
Wide leg trousers strode down the SS14 catwalks of Paul Smith, Temperley London, Lanvin and 3.1 Phillip Lim. Actress Rose Byrne made her cream silk MaxMara pair front row-ready with a well-cut tuxedo jacket while style maven Yasmin Sewell gives a lesson in how to work both print and a supersized silhouette. On the streets, pops of colour rule. Scroll through the gallery above to see our favourite looks.

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