Style by Claire Lopez

Wide Strides

Are you stuck in a skinny jeans rut….? This is one of the biggest complaints I hear from my clients. If so, then maybe it’s time to break out of the mould and get involved with some wide leg trousers. After all, not only were they big new on the Spring Summer 2021 catwalks, but they actually work better for a lot of body types:

  • If you’re a V shape with broader shoulders, then a wider legged style will help to balance out your upper body.
  • For straighter shapes, wide legs also help to add some dimension to your frame. Be sure to tuck in your top to help create waist shaping.
  • For curvier types such as hourglasses, straighter legged styles are also good.
  • And don’t be put off if you’re petite…just opt for a style with a high rise and tuck in your top so your legs are actually lengthened. (I’m 5ft 2!!)
  • Top tip, buy a cropped style if you are shorter and it will probably finish where you want.

People tend to be a bit reluctant with wide leg trousers and are often not that sure how to style them. Hopefully these outfits will help give you some styling inspiration – from casual through to evening via the office – if you too are a Doubting Thomas. Do have a look at my Instagram feed for these and many more outfits.

The style I am wearing is and old one from Zara and is actually a cropped style (well it would be if I weren’t so short!)


ME+EM do excellent trousers, although I would say they are better if height is on your side.

Luxe Side Stripe Track Pant £150

These come in three different colourways – navy and pink, navy and yellow and black with khaki – and have the right amount of sporty detailing.

Snap Detail Track Pant £125

This is the perfect marriage of comfort, thanks to the ponte material and elasticated waist, with style. Just the thing to help elevate your WFH wardrobe. You can pair with a silk blouse as here or with more casual knits and t-shirts.  They also have buttoned up vents at the hems so you can create a more flared leg shape if you prefer.



Palazzo Wide Leg Trousers with Lenzing Ecovero £69 Baukjen

If you didn’t see last week’s blog about this fabric then in brief this is a eco-friendly and sustainable form of viscose. These also come in navy and in a cropped version for the spring.


Clean and Simple

Camila Wide Leg Trousers £79 Hush

The beauty about this style is that they have internal adjustable waist tabs so if you are a pear shape and find that your trousers fit your hips but not your waist, then these could be perfect for you.

Luis Wide Leg Trousers £75 Hush

These have a higher rise and front pleats if you want to add a bit more detailing.

Hampshire Ponte Trousers £75 Boden

Ponte, if you are not familiar with this material, is a heavy weight jersey, which makes it lovely to wear. It will give enough for you to be comfortable whilst still holding you in. Win win. These come in black and navy and a dark green. I absolutely love the styling with the blazer and hoodie and trainers – the perfect example of hi-lo dressing.


Best for budget

Some cost effective options.

High Waisted Wide Fit Straight Leg Brushed Trousers £14.90 Uniqlo

Never ignore Uniqlo for good basics like these. They have an elasticated panel at the back to help with the fit.

Wide Leg Trousers £39.50 M&S Collection

A clean style which comes in 3 different leg lengths.

M&S Collection Wide Leg Trousers £25 

These are a lighter weight recycled polyester material with a stitched in front crease.

Wide Leg Trousers £19.99 Zara 


The Wide Leg Crop 

Wide Leg Crop £99Whistles

There is currently 20% off this style in black and navy and the burgundy still has some sizes left. Wear with boots underneath now or trainers and bare ankles in the spring.

Olivia Culottes £59 Hush

These come in black and navy and are perfect dressed up with a heeled boot underneath as here or dressed down with a top and denim/leather jacket and trainers.


I hope this has given you some food for thought and if you are after more specific help, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch to see how my styling services can help you.

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  • El

    So many options, love this, thank you! Xx

  • Kay Day

    Wonderful – one of the best around. Such helpful and useful advice

  • Georgina Reece

    Hi Claire

    Have you ever covered the right Jean for a shorter person. I’m 5ft 3 and really struggle with jeans. I love the new fashion of cropped, kick flare, flares, wide leg but they just don’t seem to suit me and ‘cut me off’. Should I just be sticking with my ‘skinny’ jeans

    Many thanks

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