Want to branch out from your tried and true skinny jeans? I want to share good alternatives to help you expand your jeans wardrobe. Today, we’re talking all about wide leg crop jeans!
I’m so excited about this new series to help you branch out from skinny jeans.
If you missed part 1 on straight leg jeans last week, you can see that HERE.
I’ve been getting lots of questions about new styles of jeans and how to wear them, so over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some other jean options, along with shopping ideas, styling them on two body types, and tips for wearing them.
Today we’re talking all about wide leg crop jeans!
Why should you try wide leg jeans or pants?
If you’re branching out from skinny jeans, wide leg jeans or pants might feel totally out of the question. But I promise they’re worth trying! And yep, they work for petite, tall, curvy, and plus size.
If you don’t believe me, I did a post last year showing wide leg pants on a ton of body types in a blog post RIGHT HERE.
Which wide leg jeans or pants should you choose?
Cropped wide leg jeans are often easier to wear and style than full length, and I think they’re more versatile! Full length wide leg pants feel more dressy, and full length wide leg jeans can feel very “seventies,” but cropped can be dressed up and dressed down.
They should fit you well through the waist and the hips and crotch, and flow out from your hips. If you’re hippy, choose a wider leg that flows down from your hips, rather than hugging around them.
How long should my cropped wide leg jeans be?
For the length, choose a pair that hits you just above or at your ankle bone. This is the most versatile to be able to wear with sneakers, sandals, and ankle boots.
Shorter length can make your legs look wider and shorter, and longer look like high-water pants.
I’ve rounded up a few below!
Here are a few of my favorites:
- Wearing size 25 (size one size down from your regular jeans size)
- I have these in blue and white
- They’re not too wide, but just right for me
- The fabric is sturdy but with some stretch to make them nice and comfy
- Wearing size XS regular (they run small, if you’re in between, size up)
- I have them in white, but want to get the green!
- They’re super soft and stretchy, and hold you in amazingly well, as Spanx do!
- They come in petite, regular, and tall
- Wearing size XS
- They fit true to size
- Come in a ton of colors (the color I own is from a few year ago and no longer available)
- Soft and a little bit stretchy
And here are a few more ideas for styling them!
Wear your wide leg jeans for the end of summer
It’s still warm here in Dallas but as I add more jeans back into my rotation after a scorching summer, wide leg cropped jeans are a good option. I pair them with a basic tee, fully or half tucked to elongate my leg line. If you don’t want to tuck or half tuck, choose a shirt that’s not too long and keep it untucked.
I choose low profile sandals with wide leg pants. Avoid clunky sandals that feel heavy against a wide leg pant.
CUTS ALMOST FRIDAY TEE – color “concrete” wearing size small (code MERRICKSART for 15% off) | MADEWELL VINTAGE WIDE LEG JEANS | SIMILAR SANDALS
Cropped wide leg jeans work with Chelsea Boots
Yep, you can absolutely wear your cropped wide leg jeans with Chelsea boots. The Chelsea boots that I always recommend (THESE ONES) have a slim shaft that doesn’t give you blocky ankles. If you have a gap between your boots and jeans and need to keep your ankles warm, wear a tall sock to fill in the space!
I paired the boots and jeans with a chunky sweater and fully tucked it to help define my waist.
Try your cropped wide leg jeans with sneakers
I jump at any chance to wear sneakers and jeans, and wide leg jeans can definitely be paired with sneakers. Choose a pair that is low cut and has a slim profile so they don’t feel clunky against the wide leg.
If you want to add a jacket, you absolutely can, but make sure you choose one that defines your waist, like this olive one that cinches in at the waist with a drawstring.
You can wear cropped wide leg pants to work!
Cropped wide leg pants are a great option for work. If you’re allowed to wear jeans to work, try those. If not, try a pair of wide leg cropped pants.
I paired with a slim cut blazer (it’s cut to curve in at my waist and create a nice shape) and defined my waist even further by tucking my blouse into my pants.
Also a slim cut tan ankle boot works with cropped wide leg pants as well. They’re slim at the ankle so they create a nice ankle shape (no blocky ankle!) and they have an almond shaped toe that creates an elongated leg line.
If you missed part 1 all about straight leg jeans, FIND IT HERE!