There's no denying the staying power of the skinny. Some of you might not remember when skinny jeans blew up but I remember it very well. I was living in Toronto in 2005 when I started to notice women give up their bootcuts in favour of calf-clenching skin-tight jeans. I remember waiting for the subway, watching girls of all shapes and sizes get strangled by their new skinnies, thinking how super awkward they looked, and how I would never, ever intentionally choose pants that made my bum look big.
Of course, I gave in. We collectively figured out how to wear them right. We learned to balance out our super fitted bottoms with loose sweaters, long tunics and oversized cardis. We discovered in pictures how cruel white skinnies could be and how tan skinnies made it look like we weren't wearing pants at all. Stores finally started offering us varying styles of skinnies to suit our bods, from jeggings to skinny boots, with loads of stretch thrown in for good measure. And while I swore I'd never go there, turns out skinny jeans are pretty much all I've worn for the past 10 years.
I'm not going to claim that this is the end of the skinny but there's clearly a style shake-up happening with the fashion pack right now. Cool girls everywhere, from Jennifer Lawrence to Kendall Jenner are currently opting for wider leg pants - think super flared '70s jeans, wide cropped culottes and flowy palazzos that make skinnies look SO last season. I don't know about you but I'm ready for some breathing room. They might look a little funny now but remember - we said that about the skinny, too.
Read on for 3 cute ways to wear wide pants this spring. And breathe...
1. Tinted Aviators, $12, ALDO | 2. Conscious Lyocell Blouse, $39.95, H&M | 3. Mini Duffle Shoulder Bag in Pebble Leather, $250, Coach | 4. Printed Platform Sandals, $39.95, H&M | 5. Wide Jeans, $29.95, H&M | 6. Crackled Stone Pendant, $12.95, Garage.
1. Animal Print Sunglasses, $12, ALDO | 2. Prince Street Satchel, $298, Coach | 3. Open Shoulder Top, $55.90, RW&CO. | 4. Sam Edelman Closed-Toe Mules, $195, Town Shoes | 5. Wide Trousers, $29.95, H&M.