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Sometimes fashion adopts styles that are anything but easy to wear (we’re looking at you body-con dresses and sky-high stilettos). Other times it redeems itself and embraces pieces that make us look forward to waking up in the morning and getting dressed. An excellent example of the latter is wide-legged pants and culottes, aka gaucho pants, a style that has been a fixture on runways for a few seasons now.
Roomy silhouettes are actually nothing new, but the kind we see everywhere now––sporting high waist and a wide flowing leg––were especially trendy in the 30s, often featuring oversized front buttons and a wide cuffed hem.
We could think of a few good reasons for this comeback: an omnipresent penchant for comfortable clothing––especially athleisure––being one. But wide-legged pants are also incredibly stylish and versatile. They could lean formal when paired with high heels and a silk top, or they could give off a relaxed vibe when worn with flats and a t-shirt. The possibilities are endless.
Here, we rounded up the best short and long wide-legged pants to wear this spring season.
Jacquemus Prago High-Rise Wide-Leg Jeans
A white pair of jeans should be a staple in every closet. This paie by Jacquemus sports a high-rise silhouette for a vintage-inspired look.
To buy: $345, modaoperandi.com
All Things Mochi Paloma Linen Wide-Leg Pants
All Things Mochi is a Dubai-based label, which commissions local artisans to craft its products using traditional methods of embroidery. This resort-ready pair of trousers is cut from lightweight linen and features beautiful floral embroidery.
To buy: $355, modaoperandi.com
La DoubleJ Balloon Wide-Leg Cotton-Blend Pants
If you’re not afraid of donning a little color, this pair of brightly printed pants is for you. They feature a feminine bow-tie belt at the waist.
To buy: $615, modaoperandi.com
Gucci Cady Wide-Leg Pants
This classic pair of slightly stretchy black pants have red and green striped webbing along the side of both legs, which is Gucci’s signature accent.
To buy: $1,100, net-a-porter.com
Equipment Evonne Striped Satin Wide-Leg Pants
Cut from rayon, this striped pair of wide-legged pants is ideal to wear on your tropical vacation. Style with wedges and a formal top for an elegant evening look.
To buy: $395, bloomingdales.com
Tanya Taylor Evelyn Floral Cropped Wide-Leg Pants
Pair these stretchy linen pants with your favorite chunky heels and a t-shirt for the prettiest spring ensemble.
To buy: $295, neimanmarcus.com
Vince Satin Wide-Leg Pajama Pants
Pajama pants that you can wear outside? Sign us up. Not only is this pair of brightly hued Vince pants comfy, but it’s also incredibly stylish thanks to its simple cut and luxury silk construction.
To buy: $345, neimanmarcus.com
Mirth Istanbul Pant in Mauve
These incredibly chic pants, crafted from an ethically sourced blend of Indian cotton and flax, sport a flattering high-waist silhouette and beautiful waist trim details.
To buy: $170, mirthcaftans.com
A.L.C. Cooper Stretch Linen-Blend Belted Wide-Leg Pants
Run your errands looking effortlessly cool in this pair of pleated pants that have an ultra high-rise fit.
To buy: $495, barneys.com
Lisa Perry Crepe Wide-Leg Trousers
Add a bold pop of color to your look with these stylish crepe trousers that could be dressed down and up depending on the occasion.
To buy: $650, barneys.com