Above: Bottega Veneta Resort 2012, Style.com; Chanel Resort 2012, Style.com; Sportmax Resort 2012, Style.com. M Missoni patterned wide-leg pants, Net-a-Porter.com; J.Crew Irene orange linen wide-leg pant, Net-a-Porter.com; Tucker printed silk blouse, Net-a-Porter.com; J.Crew striped jersey top, Net-a-Porter.com.
While older generations may find the wide-leg trend evoking images of Janis Joplin and peace sign-wielding Vietnam protesters, we who live on the chic side of life see otherwise. Denim and pant alike were stretched out and lengthened on the Spring 2011 and Resort 2012 runways. Paired with a sheer top and classic blazer, the look that comes together oozes luxury. Plus, wide-leg pants are extremely flattering on women of all body types. And, unlike the denim leggings of fall and winter, wide-leg pants can be perfectly light and airy for summer. Pick a pair in a bold color for added effect and compliment with a favorite pair of skinny wedges (chunky will definitely give you the 1970’s effect) and a structured, lady-like clutch and you’ll be turning sun-burned heads all summer.