Wide-legged pants are a stylish and comfortable option for spring and summer temps

Wide-legged pants are a staple for anyone looking for comfortable, yet stylish clothing options. They can be worn in a variety of ways, from casual outfits to more formal occasions. Yet, they seem to only “trend” in colder seasons. The truth is that wide-legged pants are great for spring and summer too. They come in a myriad of lightweight fabrics which makes them a great for anyone looking for versatile yet breezy clothing beyond a flowy dress or skirt.

If you are looking for tips on how to style wide-legged pants this summer, here are a few suggestions.

1. Pair with a Fitted top

Wide-legged pants can be quite voluminous, so it’s best to pair them with a fitted top. This will help balance out the silhouette of the outfit. A crop top or a form-fitting tank top can work well with high-waisted wide-legged pants. You could also tuck in a sleeveless blouse or other summer appropriate shirt to create a more structured look.

2. Add a Belt

If you are worried about looking too bulky in wide-legged pants, adding a belt can help define your waist. It also helps to create a more polished look. Both skinny and wide statement belts look chic when paird with voluminous pants. It is a matter of your personal style. In fact, a tank top+wide-legged pants+statement belt+Converse is a go-to of mine. This post has the pics to prove it too. #chucktaylorsforlife

3. Experiment with Patterns

Just like fabrics, wide-legged pants come in a variety of patterns, from classic stripes to bold prints. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different patterns and even textures to create a unique look. For a more timeless look, pair your printed pants with a more subdued top that lets the pants shine. Or go all in on pattern mixing for a bold, statement making outfit. Warmer temperatures often inspire more playful looks, especially if you are on vacation. 

4. Choose the Right Footwear

The right shoes can make or break an outfit. This is particularly true when it comes to wide-legged pants. You are drawing attention to the bottom half of your outfit after all. Depending on the length of the pants, you may want to choose shoes that show off your ankles. If your pants are cropped and you are going for more casual vibes, sandals, wedges, and even sneakers are great options. For a more dressed-up look, especially with full-length pants, a pair of heels can elongate your legs and make for a striking silhouette. 

5. Accessorize with Jewelry

Jewelry can add a touch of elegance to any outfit, and wide-legged pants are no exception. A simple pendant necklace or a pair of statement earrings can complement the flowy silhouette of the pants without overpowering the outfit. But if you happen to wearing something more subdued, like a neutral linen tank/wide-legged pants set, then an oversized statement necklace, oversized earrings, or sparkly summer scarf can add that wow factor.

6. Opt for Light Fabrics

I touched on this before, but summer is all about staying cool, comfortable, and fashionable. Fabric choice is key to acheiving all three. Look for wide-legged pants made from light and breathable fabrics. Cotton, linen, silk, and seersucker are all great options. I feature a favorite pair made of a lightweigh chambray. Whatever you choose, the right fabric can help you stay cool, calm, and collected in the summer heat.

7. Don’t Forget about Layers

There are two immutable facts about Texas summers: the weather outside is scorching; and the A/C temps inside are arctic. That is why, no matter how hot it is, you will always see me with an outer layer tucked under my arm. A linen blazer, denim jacket, or lightweight cardigan can be the perfect addition to any wide-legged pants outfit. Imperative even, if you are going to be in air-conditioned office. Need a fancier option? Wraps and oversized scarfs are great for special occasions.

Wide-legged pants can be a great addition to your summer wardrobe, even if styling them for hotter temps seems daunting at first. I hope with these tips, you can create a range of outfits that are both stylish and comfortable. Whether you’re heading to the office, a weekend brunch, or summer soiree, wide-legged pants can help you look and feel your best this summer.

Here are a few summer outfits I styled with different wide-legged pants.