Monday, January 19, 2015

Wide And White

   




As dreary as it is outside, today I am thinking about some items I want to wear for Spring this year.
 
I have started noticing WHITE WIDE LEG PANTS are being shown more and more. 

This makes me very happy, let me tell you why……

I am on the short side, 5’4” and lets just say I have been blessed with very sturdy legs and thighs that are also on the short side.

Straight leg, or boot cut pants look best on me because of my proportions. 

I CAN NOT stress how important proportions are Ladies. If you are interested in finding out what silhouette and proportions you should wear, check this site out HERE!  I found it to be very helpful in the past.

Body Shapes Sketch for blog

The other thing that I have to contend with is I can no longer wear  a higher heel/wedge shoe which truly looks the best with a wider leg pant silhouette.

With this in mind I make sure that my pants just graze the very top of the front of my foot, and just barely miss the ground. Longer is better when wearing a wide leg pant

If you have a nice waistline a higher waist pant is also more attractive.

If your waist is not what it use to be than wear a tighter to the body fitting top.

SOMETHING TO REMEMBER:

Ribbet Edit PROPORTIONS

When Looking for a wider legged pant these are the 5 points I try to keep……..

Ribbet Edit PROPORTIONS 2

With all this in mind lets look at some of the wider leg pants and how they are styled.

Ann Taylor top (c/o), Zara pants (similar on sale here), Chanel clutch, J.Crew bangle
A couple of things to notice here. Wearing all white helps elongate the body. 

This model is petite and has chosen the correct proportions. Also, notice how long the pants are. 

One leg looks a bit too long, but it might be the way she is standing. Oh how I envy you long legged beauties out there!! Sigh!!


WHITE WIDE LEG PANTS ALL WHITE
Another all white look, which is how I probably will wear it this Spring/Summer most of the time. 

This lady has a cute cable knit sweater in a light weight knit. It fits close enough to her body to give a nice silhouette. 

She also wears her top slightly tucked in to create the shorter top look. this is easy to do ladies and a great look.


white wide legged pants
Personally I can not wear a top this short, but I am showing it to you so you can see the concept of how a shorter top will make your legs look longer, if need be. I would wear a black top that fits closer to my body with sleeves with wide leg pants in white.


how to: wear a white top and black pants, and look nothing at all like you should be carrying a serving tray.
Another petite model that has elongated her body by wearing a higher waist pant with a nice long leg. The top she is wearing is fitted and very flattering. This silhouette would be attractive on most woman.

WIDE LEG PANTS in red with black cardigan, white blouse and chain necklaces

I wanted to show this image to point out a few things, and also to show you some wide leg pants in a color.

This girl is beautiful, and young so she can carry this off, BUT!  She appears to have a longer torso because the pants are a dropped waist which is not the look you want if you are trying to make your legs look longer. 

She also looks like about another half inch in length needs to be added to the pants. If I were to wear this combination it would be with flats, (of course, sigh), the waist would be higher, and the sweater just a smidge shorter length. Love the combination and the accessories used here.

WHITE WIDE LEG PANTS, Chambray blouse, red blazer
Fun combination as far as the elements go, BUT think of how much better it would look if the top were tucked in, and a gold belt was added. 

That would give a longer silhouette, and make her look taller and leaner. Remember it is all about proportions. The jacket nips in at the waist so that is a great choice and the length is the perfect length for this look.

Case In Point!….

Ralph Lauren | Resort 2015 Collection | Style.com #fashion #style #streetstyle
This is the runway show for Ralph Lauren for Spring.

Of course this model is perfectly proportioned so anything goes for her, BUT for us less perfectly proportioned ladies like myself, the jacket would have to be a bit shorter by an inch or so less shoulder pads for me since I have pretty broad shoulders, but the rest I could carry off and I bet if you changed a few things to go with your proportions you could too.

Wide leg pants are not for every one, but they are a fun look that is being shown this Spring, and a look that I have worn in the past so it is a welcomed look in my wardrobe..

Now the hunt begins for the perfect wide leg white pant!!!!
I will keep you posted on what I find!

BTW: To see more of the looks I like go
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8 comments:

Cathy said...

My figure is very, different from yours and I cannot ever wear anything tucked in. I am very short waisted and my figure is rectangular. The photos you show that don't work for you are perfect for me so thank you for sharing them too.

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

I have a pair of fairly wide legged pants and in white!
Think I'll try and update it with some new tops.
btw, I love the Ralph Lauren outfit!!

designchic said...

I love the look and especially love the all white like the first two images! Happy Tuesday, Kathysue!

Merlin said...

That Ralph Lauren photo ROCKED!! That ensemble would go ANY where!! franki
p.s. I "feel" your pain being 5'3" hourglass...luv your statement..."sturdy legs." *sigh*

Sally Hammond said...

Like you, I have thicker thighs, and I'm SOSOSOS ready for the trend of "skinny" to pass by. It's not my best look. I really think most people look better in a wider leg pant, so bring on this trend, and hurry up!! (I still have some in my closet that I'll be pulling out!)

Lulu said...

Oh no, not wide legs! That means more fitted tops which I really don't like. Guess this will be one more year I'm not in style!

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

"Different strokes for different folks." lol.

This is a prime example why everyone should wear what they like and feel is becoming to them and NOT worry about following fashion trends.

While my thighs and legs will never be considered "skinny," they aren't really heavy either--at least not as heavy as my apple-like torso. I guess, in theory, this pant style should work for me but it just doesn't. Put these wide pants (or even bootcut) on me and I just look and feel even shorter and fatter all the way down to my toes. Ugh.

Tucked, fitted or short tops also don't do a thing for me except accentuate my "apple-ness" and that I'm short-waisted. Belts are an absolute NO WAY for me. I also happen to like cute shoes but what's the point when you can't even see them with such long, wide pants? Most of the models in these photos look like they have no feet, which I don't find attractive, at all.

I really like, and would actually wear, the outfit with the untucked blue stripe blouse and red blazer--if the pants were shorter and more tailored but if all the other photos are any indication of what we'll be seeing this spring, I'll definitely have to pass on this long, wide-legged look and be "out of style" in my more fitted and shorter pants.

Sarah said...

Please no! I'm not a fan of wide leg pants. I favor the skinny leg plants that flatter and make one look taller and leaner. ;-)