Updated: Jun 2, 2022
A recent trip to a Memphis area ‘hoity toity’ (as my sister calls it) shopping district gave me the chance to do some of my favorite Snoop Shopping. ALAS, wide-legged pants are making a comeback. Though I initially wrote this in 2018....I would have to admit that it has taken until now: June 2022 for this wide-legged look to REALLY get back into 'vogue'. My guess is that with the lockdowns from Covid, what we wore just didn't matter much for 20-22...hence it took longer for this wide-legged AND high-waisted look to gather steam .....
Seen at Anthropologie
My first stop was at Anthropologie. I snapped some pictures, but decided to go online to their website to make sure my ‘conclusion’ was on point. Indeed, under Pants, you can select either Wide Leg offering 97 results, or Slim Leg – which goes to ‘Cigarette Pants’ offering 35 results. I rest my case. Below are some images of a few of my personal favorites. Another side note: 32 of those 97 wide leg offerings were JUMPSUITS – which takes me back to my college days.
Sew…why do I say ‘YEAH’??? Because I feel ladies should leave something to the imagination as we dress. Period. IMHO all of these VERY skinny ‘pants’ and leggings’ leave NOTHING to the imagination. I just worked quite a few hours in my studio working to come up with my own ‘slim’ fit that looks ‘new’ but still lady-like, yet NOT TOO revealing.
AND, these wide-legged pants cost…ALOT! Most were around or over $100!!! Yep, they require more fabric, but even at double length yardage, I can buy good fabric for about half that amount. Same sewing – just easier, and the fit – MUCH easier!!!
Thos first flounce-bottom red print pants would be a cinch with my how-to’s for Flounces. From my You-Tube Channel, one of my It’s Sew Easy episodes:
Then, go zero in on those pants at the Anthropologie website to see how the width of the flounce changes. My pattern, Flirty Flounces would also be quite helpful…
CHANGE – the ‘ALWAYS’ of FASHION
You can always count on CHANGE in fashion. Watch the fashion icons of our day. Did you notice the very wide-legged silhouette of the winter white ensemble on Melania Trump at the State of the Union address?
Slim leg pants ‘work’ with larger volume and longer (thankfully – as they ‘cover’) tops. Due to angenerallly overweight population, I feel the longer, ‘swingy’ tunic length tops are here to stay, as they cover so much. As long as that is true, slim leg pants will remain part of fashion.
Wider leg pants ‘work’ with more ‘normal’ length tops, with a closer-to-the-body fit. Volume needs to be either on the top of the bottom.
Sewing – It’s FUN!
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