Thoughts By Natalie

Wide Leg Trousers

Madewell tee, Madewell trousers, Madewell bag, Natalie Borton necklace (sold out, shop current pieces here), Sole Society boots (similar)

I’m definitely late to this trend, but after seeing my friend Shawna style hers expertly I knew I at least needed to try a pair of wide leg trousers to see if they were as magical as everyone says they are.

I feared that this silhouette was really only for tall, straight-shaped gals and feared it would make me look shorter and wider so I honestly have just avoided wide leg pants completely. But I really couldn’t have been more wrong! More evidence here.

So when these trousers went on major sale and I figured I had nothing to lose. Worst case scenario? I hate them and return them. So after several texts with Shawna about the general fit and length of the pants I selected my size online and hit “checkout.”

I was so excited when they arrived that I tried them on immediately…and Brian thought they were super weird. (Do your husbands do that to you, too? Whenever you try something more fashion-y? Guys are so funny.) Anyway, I doubted myself a bit since he generally has a good eye but after mulling it over for a week or two and trying them on several more times with different tops and shoes I decided that yes they were a little weird, but in a good way. I take basically no fashion risks lately and I felt like I needed to add something bold to my usual skinny jeans rotation. So I kept them and today is the first day I wore them!

I know from trial and error that my favorite tops with these pants are either cropped, knotted or super fitted to balance the proportions. This scoop-back tee fit the bill and I warmed up the otherwise cool-toned look with some browns—my Tabitha Necklace, trusty crossbody and faux suede ankle boots for height.

Madewell tee, Madewell trousers, Madewell bag, Natalie Borton necklace (similar / shop all current pieces here), Sole Society boots (similar)

You Might Also Like...

  • Alex
    January 18, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Love this outfit! I’ve been on the fence about wide leg pants too but this combination really works. How does the top fit? I’m usually a small or medium at Madewell but have a long torso, so I’m a bit worried to try it out since it’s final sale.

    • Natalie Borton
      January 18, 2017 at 6:08 pm

      I’m normally an extra-small or small and went for the small on this one since it’s fitted. Hope that helps!

  • Shawna Nadelman
    January 18, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Yay! I’m so glad you took the fashion risk and kept them. You look fab, girl! And thanks for the shout out :)

    • Natalie Borton
      January 18, 2017 at 6:07 pm

      Thanks for leading the way and helping me take the plunge!

  • Katie McC
    January 19, 2017 at 8:00 am

    I like them! People always think my fashion choices are weird! Especially when I’ll ask my mom, sister or boyfriend. They just give me the not like, “your crazy” but we still love you and most likely you will wear that because you want to. I do agree with the more fitted tops. Deff helps to balance and makes the proportions work better. How did those fit length wise? That’s the only concern I have with wide leg pants is the length and if their to long I’m forced to wear them with heels every single time. I have a few pairs that work perfectly with heels or flats and I love them!

    • Natalie Borton
      January 19, 2017 at 9:03 am

      The inseam is 31 1/2, so how long they are on you will depend on how tall you are. I personally am keeping them the length they are and intend to always wear boots/heels with them to really take advantage of their leg-lengthening abilities. But of course you could always hem them if you wanted them shorter!

  • Lindsay Atkinson
    January 19, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Obsessed with this outfit! I love the tee as well. I love my arms but have these little red bumps that pop-up in the winter – what a flattering cut!

  • Mathilda
    January 19, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    Totally know what you are describing. Whenever I put mine on I feel unbelievably strange looking. BUT I get tons of compliments on them and on pictures I look pretty normal :-)