The best wide leg trousers to buy now

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It’s time to break away from the safety of a skinny straight-leg silhouette and embrace the swoosh. 

They require more space in the wardrobe, may need hems taking up and are no friend to muddy puddles but wide leg trousers set your legs free – and look damned good.

Equally stylish teamed with a pair of trainers as a killer ankle boot, they work with oversize jumpers, tucked-in tops and crisp white shirts, and unlike skinnies, there is no squeezing, bunching or peeling off. 

Here’s our pick of the best styles to buy now...

  • Designers Remix Fundy Culotte Check in Black & Cream

    Firmly on the wishlist are these wool and nylon check culottes from the cool girl’s shopping destination, Goodhood (£175, Goodhood).

  • Embroidered Velvet Culottes

    Tap into the boho trend with these subtly embroidered long culottes (£69.99, Zara).

  • Iona Tiger-Print Wide High-Rise Stretch-Silk Trousers

    Roar! (£270, Ganni at Selfridges).


  • Cream Print Palazzo Trousers

    There’s a touch of Gucci about these and they’ll definitely inject a dose of joy into getting dressed (£40, River Island).

  • Light Before Dark Black Leather Culottes

    High-rise, cropped, flare leg – these leather trousers have everything bar a high-profile Tory spat...(£129, Urban Outfitters).

  • Relaxed Tailored Trouser In Pinstripe

    One of our favourite fashion collaborations of the year has to be Wah London x Asos – the jewel in the crown being these high-waist pinstripe trousers (£55, Asos).

  • Velvet Metal Trousers

    Make like the ‘90s and get your velvet crush on with these pastel grey pants (£49.99, Mango).

  • Paisley Culotte Trousers

    These 100% cotton cropped wide-leg culotte trousers are a year-round winner. Pair with knee high boots and a chunky knit.

    (£118, Lowie).


  • Rushbrook Turn Up Peg Trouser

    Stand out from the winter grey in these scarlet flat-fronted crops from the fabulous Finery (£65, Finery).

  • Navy and white stripe Osaka trousers

    Weekend Max Mara offers luxe, timeless wardrobe basics that include these chic cotton and linen-blend cropped loose leg trousers. Wear with a crisp white shirt or soft oversize jumper (£178, Matches).

  • Metallic Jacqaurd Culottes

    Revel in the luxe vibe of these high-waist winter floral culottes (£65, & Other Stories).

  • Viscose Cady New Ika Trouser

    These midnight blue tailored trousers give an instant Katharine Hepburn hit (£180, Joseph).

  • Vegan Suede Maxiimum Pants

    House of Sunny is something of a Stylist favourite. We’re all about the slouch on these loose fitting vegan crop trousers (£49, House of Sunny).

  • Velvet Pleated Trousers

    An understated velvet statement, these wine colour wide leg trousers work best with a smart, simple top and evening heels (£36, Topshop).

  • Wide Pleated Trousers

    An office staple courtesy of H&M (£29.99, H&M).

  • Woodland Wide-Leg Trouser

    Make a bold statement in these luxury jacquard trousers (£65, Warehouse).

  • Arya Trousers

    Cropped, tailored, sharp (£148, All Saints).

  • White Denim Floral Swing Culottes

    We adore the delicate blue floral print (£295, Victoria Beckham).

  • Side Stripe Wide Leg Trousers

    Cheap Monday’s trousers offer a smart nod to athleisure (£60, ASOS).

  • Blue Royal Palazzo Pants

    Swing into 2017 with Hebe’s delicious front-pleated pants by Italian label Hebe (£178, Wolf & Badger).


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Anna Pollitt

Anna is a freelance writer and editor who’s been making her dime from online since 2007. She’s a regular at, ITV News and Emerald Street and moonlights as a copywriter and digital content consultant.