Art of Style

The workwear update: wide-leg pants

l-r: Pernille Teisbaek, Liya Kebede, Erika Boldrin

As we transition from at-home separates to back-to-office pieces, we’re no longer just dressing from the waist up – so one key missive is to ensure the pants you choose are not only chic but supremely comfortable, too. What’s more, after over a year of pairing our crisp, collared shirts with sweatpants, sitting at a desk all day in anything that feels restrictive will distract from the tasks at hand. Enter the wide-leg trouser. With its elegant, leg-lengthening silhouette (the higher the waistband, the greater the illusion), the wide-leg pant will instantly elevate your office and after-hours look – ideal now that dinner parties and cocktails are back on the FW21 agenda.

This season’s silhouettes are voluminous, allowing for freedom of movement and laid-back nonchalance – take Bottega Veneta’s balloon-shaped pants as a case in point. Nipped in at the waist to balance out proportions, these pleat-front staples look stylish with a slim-fitting turtleneck sweater and chunky boots. Meanwhile, Khaite and Haight offer palazzo-style pants for a cool update on the classic suit pant – pair with a cropped blazer and pointed-heel boots for a sleek, streamlined look. Meanwhile, purveyor of minimalism The Row delivers a take that feels as easy as a pajama pant, with a fluid silhouette and cropped hemline. Team with crisp shirts for the office and understated T-shirts come the weekend.


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