Why You Will Love The Wide Leg Pants Trend: Splurge vs Steal

Just take a look at the new fall trends available at any store or online. You can’t help but notice the wide leg pants trend is going strong. We love this trend for women over 40 because it is elegant and forgiving. With heels or platforms you will look long and lean. As always, when it comes to wide leg pants you do need to find a good fit, and be sure to hem them to the right length – long and almost to the floor but not dragging  (especially if you invest in a designer pair).

I delved in and found designer wide leg pants in just about every fabric you can imagine including wool, leather, silks, knits and denim and they are exquisite! The fabrics, drape and details will blow you away. But if you don’t want to spend too much on this trend, I also found similar looking pants to match each designer look for a steal. Take a look!

The Wide Leg Pants Trend

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Black Leather

A pair of wide leg pants in black leather can be quite versatile. Dress them up for a cocktail party with a black silk blouse and blingy jewelry. Or dress them down with chambray shirt under a plaid or check blazer, or even more dressed down with a t-shirt and sneakers. These Alexandre Vauthier Leather Wide-leg Pants are so amazing, but they are also $4,015. If you want to try out the wide leg leather pants trend without the commitment, these H&M Faux Leather Pants for only $39.99 will do!


Menswear-inspired fabrics drape beautifully when it comes to a wide leg pant silhouette. The Teyana Pant in Heather Grey from Khaite are a case in point, and are every bit worth their $1,480 price tag. These pants are perfect for the office with a crisp white or stripe button down shirt and leather jacket. They can easily be dressed up with a floral or paisley satin puff sleeve blouse, a glittery belt and heels. However you can style these Banana Republic High-Rise Slim Wide-Leg Flannel Pants the same way, and they are on sale for $63.97. Take your pick.

Bold Red

Bold color was huge for fall 2021, and these Fendi Grain De Poudre Wool-blend Wide-leg Pants in hot red make quite a statement. They can be your holiday party go-to pants worn with a shiny silver or black top as well as worn casually under a soft grey sweater or cardigan. These perfect Fendi pants are $1,190, but you can get the same bold look with these ASOS Design Wide Leg Trousers and spend only $50!

Zig-Zag Knit

Nobody does patterned knit better than Missoni. These Missoni Crochet-knit Wool Wide-leg Pants in a classic zig-zag pattern for $1,500 are truly collectible and will never go out of style. Pair them with solids or try mixing them with other prints like an animal or python top, or even another large geometric. If you don’t think you will wear zig-zag knit pants very often, you may like these ASOS Outrageous Fortune Set Knitted Wide Leg Pants for $56 instead.

Wide Leg Blue Jeans

If you dress casually most of the time, then why not try the wide leg trend in the form of blue denim jeans? These Dries Van Noten Pinel Distressed High-rise Wide-leg Jeans are the epitome of cool but you will have to dish out $520. When it come to jeans, you may get your money’s worth, because you will probably wear them at least once a week! And you will get even more of your money’s worth with these look-alike H&M Wide High Jeans for $39.99. I recommend wearing wide leg denim with a comfortable mid-heeled or lug sole boots or loafers and a fitted turtleneck. Another option is to hem them for flat shoes or sandals and then you can also wear them with sneakers.

Leopard Wide Leg Pants

And one last way to wear wide leg pants is with a leopard print! Besides black or neutrals, this leopard print will go with any pop of color, both bright or pastel. Throw a bright blue or magenta coat or sweater over a black top and a belt with these leopard pants. You can also pair this pattern with other prints, such as a striped shirt or floral pattern blouse. Go wild! Get these totally amazing Dolce & Gabbana Diva Leopard-print Silk-blend Satin Pyjama Pants for $1,445 or try out the look with these DouBCQ Women’s Palazzo Lounge Wide Leg Casual Flowy Pants for $14.99 form Amazon, for about one tenth of the price! It’s up to you.

When it comes to the wide leg pants trend, will you splurge or steal? Which pair is your favorite?


Carol Calacci

You may also like to read Fabulous One Piece Swimsuits: Splurge vs Steal and Splurge vs Steal: How To Style A Concert T-shirt When You’re Over 40.

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