High waisted wide leg trousers - what the hell do I wear with them?(41 Posts)
So this year I have acquired a few pairs of wide leg trousers which I love, but I'm having trouble working out what on earth to wear on my top half, especially once the weather gets colder! Not so much of a problem in the heat as I can just go with a thin t-shirt or fitted shirt, but all my jumpers are big baggy things for wearing over skinnies and I can't wear a big jumper or big coat over big trousers as I'll look like a sack of potatoes.
Any suggestions? If it helps, the trousers I have are these ones from Lucy and Yak and these ones from Uniqlo (they look completely different on me to the model!) and some from Toast which are similar to the ones in the picture.
I think I've got the same (or very similar) Uniqlo trousers - love them. But yes, I follow the normal rule of thumb and wear them with shorter / more fitted tops. You do see seriously fashiony types wearing baggy with baggy but it's a too bit out-there for me (in all senses of the word). Plus you don't get the leg lengthening effect of high waisted unless you wear them with something defined at the waist.
As you say, it's easier with summery tops as they're thin enough to tuck in but with a jumper, there's too much bulk.
I would view it as a long term project - start with getting one shorter / more fitted jumper and then build up. There's time. It's why a new trouser / jeans shape takes several seasons to catch on - it's not just a case of buying one new thing, it's pretty much a change of outfit.
(Alternatively I've been known to chop a couple of inches off a jumper when it's too long but I couldn't possibly recommend it )
Hmm looks like I need to invest in some more slim knits then! I did buy one shorter jumper which I wear tucked in but I ended up wearing it every single day...
You're right about changing styles though - I remember when skinnies came in and I had to get rid of all my cropped things... Sadly I don't have the figure for those sorts of tops anyway any more
Definitely a case if having to change proportions of the whole outfit and invest in different tops. I think this is why cardigans are making a come back. You can still wear a summer t shirt or shirt you currently have, tucked in, then a cardigan over to make the weather transition. The main style seems to be waist length and v necked. Can’t link, but Cos have a cream ribbed one as an example, or look at Arkets mohair mix ones.
Take inspiration from the 1940s. Slim knits or shirts tucked in; cardigans or jumpers which fit at the waist or longer, slim fitting knits with a belt. Jackets like this version of the Eisenhower jacket. www.thehouseoffoxy.com/just-added/40s-americana-button-jacket-plum-wool or blazers which are nipped in at the waist with some shoulder padding like this vintage one: www.bluevelvetvintage.com/40s-gold-linen-nipped-waist-jacket-1940s-vintage-clothing.html
The only problem with cardigans worn over things is that they hide my waist, and I'm quite hourglass shaped so I then look dumpy. Cropped cardigans or tucked in ones would be OK though.
I love those 40s outfits! Again, a lot of my shirts are quite billowy for wearing over things, so I probably need to get a couple more which are more tailored (and maybe take in some of my smaller existing ones at the waist so there's not a lot of excess fabric hanging over the trousers)
I expect we'll see more cropped cardigans drifting into the shops. I was looking at this M&S one the other day and, while I'm not keen on the colour options, it has a pleasing (at least to me) menswear vibe while being short enough to show off your waist.
I have some thin light weight jumpers that I tuck in. That looks ok, but only for tailored wide leg trousers.
For the more casual jeans (I love those Lucy and Yak ones, think I might have to buy a pair), I find any t-shirt tucked in works really. Or buy a warehouse jumper and after a few washes it'll have shrunk enough to hit your waist anyway (but seriously, this is what I have inadvertently ended up doing!)
floisme I really like the style of that cardigan although it looks a bit baggy on the model - will keep an eye out for similar things around!
gentleman I really, really love the Lucy & Yak jeans - super comfy too. I wore them last winter with a tight black top and they looked great - the difficulty is finding warm tops which go with them!
Coats are another problem with big trousers - can't decide whether to go tailored or puffy, long or short...
Thin merino baselayer worn over a fine gauge long sleeve cotton tshirt
I prefer longer, slimmer coats with wider trousers but I'm not sure if there's any rationale for that. It might just be because that's what I remember from the last couple of times around. And it doesn't mean everyone goes straight out to buy a new coat; it's more that, the next time you buy one, you look for something different.
Jackets slowly change too. This won't make me popular but I think it might spell the end (for the time being) for bikers. All that busy detail works well with skinnies but with a wider leg, I think it can start to look fussy.
I hate to be a killjoy, but it’s probably easier to change the trousers than find something that works well with them.
I wear a lightweight knit from Uniqlo or last year a fitter jersey polo neck was useful with wide legs too. Also a fitter blazer for work.
Ha - I'm not changing the trousers! <determined face>
Like the idea of the merino layers.
The uniqlo fine merino cardis work with these trousers also the cropped boay neck tops i love wide trousers
Love those uniqlo trews! Yes to fine knit .
I wear them with silk thermals under a fitted t-shirt, sometimes with a button-down shirt in a contrasting colour or pattern under the t-shirt. You could add a silk roll neck (or Patra do a neck warmer if you don't want an extra layer) or denim jacket. I like silk thermals on the bottom too (with legs cuffed or pulled up out of sight) if it's really cold. Wide legs are wafty rather than cozy.
Have a look at Kemi Telford's SM, she styles her voluminous skirts with layers on top, lots of great vintage collared shirts under tees.
Like you OP I need to go in at the waist. I find lots of t-shirts look sloppy on me (dropped shoulders, gaping at the waist etc) but Gap boys' t-shirts fit really neatly and wash/wear well (I'm not super busty obvs).
Silk thermals! That is genius mrsdewinter, for some reason I never thought of wearing things under shirts.
I will give the Gap tshirts a try as well - I hate wearing t-shirts usually as they look so scruffy, can never find ones which fit well and have a good shape. I'm a pear so not that big on top so boys' ones might work!
I will take a look at the Uniqlo merino stuff as well - I went in last year but hated all the colours of their jumpers, it's a bit hit and miss finding stuff which suits me.
Nowisthemonth if you'll permit me to bang on about my silk thermals for a moment they're among my most useful and amazing purchases because they:
- are virtually weightless and bulk-free, like a second skin
- allow your clothes to glide right over them, unlike merino
- wash well, don't seem to stain at all (even blood)
- dry super-fast and never feel damp/sweaty, even when they are
I wear them under skinny jeans, leggings, pyjamas, skirts etc and can't say enough about how great they are. If I'd known how useful they were I'd have bought them years ago.
Re Gap boys' shirts, I'm a 12-14 on top and the XXL fits perfectly. I give them a little stretch under the arms when I take them out of the wash to make room in the bosom area and the fit is very neat. They do the usual stripes and solids but I like the graphic tees too (it helps if you like dinosaurs and sharks).
Haha I love dinosaurs, have a swimming costume with triceratops on
Yes, any good recommendations for thermal shops?
A triceratops swimsuit?! OP, at the risk of sounding like I'm copying your entire wardrobe, could you tell me where that's from?! Sounds fantastic!
I would like to know where you get the silk thermals too.
If you want to show that lovely cinched waist, you’ll need a cropped jumper. I was in H&M on Saturday and honestly every jumper was only about 3” long so I’m sure you’ll find something.
I’m old enough to remember these trousers first time round (not the 1940s! But the 1980s) and we wore little jumpers and tucked-in body tops.
gentleman its from Batoko, they make them out of recycled plastic bottles. I also have an amazing one with lobsters on it
Silk thermals are from Patra.
I have these in champagne (the bottoms and the v-neck top), which is virtually invisible under everything, even really light/sheerish dressy tops, silk blouses etc: www.patra.com/Products/LLJ/women-s-pure-silk-thermal-long-johns (I have light skin but I imagine for darker skin the black version might work better.)
I also have some of the men's in blue and probably 80% of my wardrobe has some blue in it so it doesn't matter if they show a little (under short sleeves, or if the cuff sticks out under a shirt etc): www.patra.com/Products/MVN/mens-pure-silk-thermal-vest-long-sleeve-v-neck
In my experience they run pretty big (except the men's small bottoms, which are weirdly short) so keep that in mind.
Thanks now! I've just had a look and love the puffins one... This could end up being an expensive thread! Will stop trying to steal your wardrobe now
Thanks so much for the links, mrsdewinter! Definitely putting those on the wishlist for when I have a bit more spare cash.
Haha gentleman no worries, I'm taking it as a compliment
Thanks mrsd. I notice they do bamboo themals too - have you tried them?
I have been looking for silk camisoles for ages and Patra has masses. Thanks @thefirstmrsdewinter!
Another vote for cropped jumpers, Uniqlo do nice ones in merino and Boden do the best cropped cashmere cardigans with a vast choice of colours.
Cropped jumpers, tucked in t-shirts, slim fit polo-necks tucked in - I git fab merino ones from Cos and Stories last year, which are very fine-knit, and look great tucked into trews.
That’s interesting about biker jackets, flo - I like a biker or denim jam keg with wide-leg trousers because of the contrast in volume. I also like them in winter with a more cocoon shaped coat, I have a wool one, and a beautiful faux fur one, and while I think they probably shouldn’t work, they look great.
Jacket, not jam keg. Bloody hell, autocorrect.
Flo I don't love bamboo. I find it thick and sweaty, takes ages to dry, has a weird squeaky texture etc so I haven't tried them (though to be fair maybe the Patra ones are different to the Bam clothes I have).
What I love about the silk thermals is how light and bulk-free they are and their almost chalky or powdery texture, so they never feel damp, even in the middle of a sweaty walk or waking in the night. It's almost magical, I can't say enought about it.
I had put silk thermals on the back burner for several years due to cost and when I finally bit the bullet and bought a set, as soon as I tried them I immediately went straight back and bought two more for myself and a set for dh.
Sorry am I raving again? I need to get out more.
Not raving, just very persuasive I think silk is great when I'm hot - it never gets soggy like cotton can because any sweat dries almost immediately. So I'm very ready to believe it works in cold weather too.
Judy I might be proved totally wrong - it wouldn't be the first time I just associate biker jackets very much with skinnies.
Silk thermals are fantastic if it’s not too cold or you’re in and out a lot. When it’s really cold and you’re outdoors wool is the only way, but silk is super too. I have a pair of silk long johns (call a spade a spade) and I love them.
Also love wide trousers! I support you in this mission OP!
Can't wait to try some of these ideas out! Currently on a work trip in 30 degree heat so will have to wait until I get home though
Actually all this talk of cropped jumpers has reminded me that there's a stall at my local market selling old cashmere jumpers at 3 for £10, so if I can find some nice thin ones I might buy a few and have a go at tailoring them for a high waist.
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