The return of the wide leg pant: Classic, timeless and ageless

wide leg pant

I always thought because I was short, there was no way in hell I could pull off a wide leg pant.

How wrong I was.

Paired with a great heel I suddenly looked taller and my legs looked longer. The wide leg pant also balanced out my shape, it accentuated my waist, hid my thighs and basically made me feel a million dollars!

Watch out spring and summer – it’s all about the pant. As spring approaches, wide leg pants are a great way to transition, pair them with a shirt and a pair of pointed heels. Perfection.

wide leg pant returns

As the weather heats up and we head into summer, go for a light weight fabric, high heel sandals.

There is nothing better if you are on holiday, or somewhere super-hot/tropical and laid back, a pair of light weight wide leg pants with flat sandals looks sensational (even on us shorties) but, and it’s a big but – there is a rule – the pants need to be the perfect length.

If you need to get them tailored, do it – it’s worth the cost.

wide leg pant returns for summer

They need to just skim the floor if they are palazzo pants, without dragging or looking scruffy – you don’t want to be tripping over them. Paired with a singlet, it’s the perfect ‘holiday classic look’, so light and breezy.

Embrace your inner wide leg pant goddess!


  • Heels look best if your wide leg pants are full length (unless you are blessed with height) – preferably high heeled sandals
  • Cropped wide leg pants are great with either flats or heels, just make sure the cut and fabric is flattering
  • Balance out your top to your pants, if the pants have a lot of fabric, keep the top half simple and stream-lined
  • High waisted are the most flattering
  • Wide leg pants are great for more curvy women who want to balance out their hips
  • They always look super classical and stylish
  • They can also be dressed up
  • Find a good tailor – that is a not negotiable. The length needs to be perfect. It’s worth the cost
  • A cheap pair of pants can look a million dollars if tailored (for as little as $30 your pants can look like they were made just for you)

wide leg pant returns for the new season

Top tip

I have a slightly cropped pair of lose, wide-leg, high waisted light weight black pair. The best buy I ever made. AND they were only $50 from Glassons.

Two years on, and I am still wear them.

Pair with sneakers for the flight, a singlet and denim or leather cropped jacket if travelling from a colder destination, and take a pair of slides on the plane if you are heading to a warmer climate.

You arrive ‘tropical ready’, just take off the jacket and pop on the slides and you are good to go.

Try Country Road, Zimmerman, H & M, Zara, Top Shop, Sports Girl or Glassons. Most high street stores sell them for as little as $30 or you could go high end and look at Zimmerman – which are absolutely luxurious, you’d have them for years.

The co-founder of 50SoWhat has been in publishing for most of her working life. She was general manager of successful boutique media publishing house in New Zealand for several years and boasts an impeccable sales, marketing and management background. When she’s not road-testing the latest cosmetic procedures, or investigating the hottest lifestyle, travel, fashion and beauty trends for over 45’s, Jo is often back home catching up with family and friends, or working on her golf swing!


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