7 ways to style wide leg pants

7 ways to style wide leg pants

I’ve had my eye on wide leg pants for a while. Actually, to be more accurate, I’d been eyeing sailor pants but somehow knew that ultra-wide leg might be a bit too far for me! So on started the quest for ethical, consciously made wide leg pants.

I had been debating between pairs from a few different sites when I got a message from Morgan (of The Garment) asking if I would be willing to try out a pair of Harly Jae wide leg trousers, which are a part of her seasonal promotions called “The Virtual Pop-Up,” where you get a special promo code to shop a selection of ethical brands.

Um, serendipity much?? I actually had about 3 other pairs from different brands in my shopping cart—and had actually been considering Harly Jae too!

Things to know about Harly Jae:

  • A Canadian brand based in Vancouver by maker, Laila
  • Vintage-inspired, timeless designs with a sun-soaked aesthetic
  • The brand exists to celebrate “the small changes, the journey to discover yourself, the pursuit of a curated life, and the constant fight for love.”
  • Fabrics are all-natural hemp, bamboo, linen and organic cotton
  • Commitment to a low carbon footprint means all garments are made in Vancouver, reducing transportation needs
  • Packaging & shipment contains no plastic and are post-consumer!!! Rejoice!

This is all AMAZING, but it’s still so hard to discern the quality of a garment online! In a rush shipment, I was sent the pants in black so I could try them out.

My first thought about these pants was…

Paying over $200 CAD for pants is kind of intimidating. And then I opened up the Harly Jae package at work, hopped into the pants, and thought: “Holy crap. These are heaven-sent.” It was like they were made for me! I loved them so much I immediately messaged Laila and asked if I could purchase these black ones in addition to the light neutral shade I’d be gifted after the pop-up.

Since it’s still a big purchase (and some of you have been asking), I’m going to share some ways style wide leg pants, emphasizing their versatility! These combos can be switched up with different colours and patterns and shoe heights!

Special bonus: until Friday, you can use PETRA10 for 10% off

This includes Harly Jae and any of the selected ethical brands that are part of The Garment’s SS19 Pop-Up, sitewide! See the full list here.

Here are my 7 ways to style wide leg pants

I’m 5’4”, with 25” waist and 35” hips. I’m wearing an XS!


Now how about these spring vibes?! Tied to be casual, or tucked and buttoned to be formal, this look is seriously multi-purpose.

Shown with Tradlands top & bandana, and Fortress of Inca mules.

Simple Silk Tank

I think these pants can be a beautiful statement on their own.

Shown with old loafers and top sewn by me! Shop a similar one at Everlane


I’m crushing hard on classic French style, and these pants give the best silhouette for it. A cool accessory like a hat or silk scarf can make the difference between an ‘ok’ outfit, and one that’ll be memorable!

Shown with Hutchison striped tee and Everlane Day Loafers

Casual Band Tee

Because y’all know I will wear my clothes camping, outdoors, indoors, in the office, and on weekends. So they have to work for it all. Knot your tee for an even more casual summer vibe! Can’t wait to do this with my off-white pair.

Shown with old t-shirt & sneakers

Night Out

Throw on some heels, grab your favourite clutch, and you’re good to go! What I love about this is that you don’t need to do much to dress these pants up. Nice and simple!

Shown with L’Intervalle heels, ABLE clutch, and an old crop top. Try Free Label’s Andi Bra for an ethical (and reversible!) crop top option

Chore Coat

Ok, this is giving me mad ’90s mom / dad vibes and I’m loving it. This old shirt was handed down through 2 other women in my family and it’s still going strong! Using a solid old button up as a coat can give the chore coat look without having to invest in a new piece.

Shown with all old tops and Fortress of Inca mules.

Wrap Top

Feminine, easy, and breezy for warmer days. This is a great office outfit that can be switched up with booties, heels or flats.

Shown with Sotela Co Lisbon Wrap Top and Everlane Day Loafers

Other ways I’d style them:

  • With a knit sweater
  • A fitted turtleneck
  • A fitted crewneck tee (either neutral or bright colour!)
  • Add a belt for an extra little something!
  • A leather or denim jacket for the edgy / casual vibe

A few styling tips to keep in mind:

  • When cropped to the right length, wide leg pants can totally work with flats! Just got to have them cut at the ankle or slightly above.
  • If you’re tucking a sweater and you’re worried about it looking chunky, try this trick: fold the front of the sweater nice and flat in on itself so it’s double layered, and THEN tuck it in. It’ll be less awkward!
  • Choose either a long cardigan that goes past your hips, or a cropped one that hits at your natural waist. Choosing a top layer that cuts at your flattering point will make the look feel more polished!

These pants are available in a bunch of colours, with 3 of them available in the full range of XS-3XL. PETRA10 for 10% off ends Friday!

Have any questions or styling ideas? Pop them in the comments below!



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