And yes, this is actually an issue we have been hearing a lot about from our fans and readers. How to get the right fit when shopping for wide leg jeans.
From our own experience with this style we can tell you two fundamental issues: they’re either too tight and fitted at the hips and waist or too unflattering wide at the legs. And this is even more so of a downer when it comes to super high rises.
Then there is also the problem of the camel toe. Very high waisted jeans featuring wider cut legs to tend to have a pronounced crotch problem which is by no means easily solved. Because you cannot slide too high waisted jeans lower – you’re stuck with either they won’t close at the waistband or create an unflattering drop crotch.
Another important point for you to consider is also the fact that wide leg jeans should not have too much stretch. Otherwise you will get a totally unflattering and slouchy look which isn’t what you are aiming for when going for wide legs. Best is to go with non-stretch 100% cotton denim or, at the most, 2% spandex only.
Triarchy High Rise Wide Leg Jeans 100% cotton ($89)
MADE IN TOMBOY Benny Wide Leg Jeans 100% cotton ($255)
Denimist High-Rise Wide Leg Jeans ($225)
These past seasons the definition of wide leg jeans has amplified a lot, including skater or barrel leg jeans among others. The inseam can vary from anywhere between cropped (almost Culotte-like, remember those!), ankle length to over-long dragging on the floor inseams. That’s purely up to your personal preference and taste.
Grlfrnd Carla Jeans ($124) – a good choice if you like the slouchier fit of skater jeans
Lane Bryant Signature Fit Wide Leg Jeans ($80)
Frame Barrel High-Rise Tapered Jeans ($270)
Etica Devon Striped High Waist Wide Leg Jeans ($60)
Let’s not forget about the classic trouser jeans which usually feature a pretty wide leg as well:
NYDJ Wide Leg Trouser Jeans ($71.40)