Found: My Favorite Wide-Leg Jeans (Dressing Room Selfies)

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Skinny jeans . . . it took me forever to like them, but once I did they were all I wore. My closet is full of skinny jeans, legging jeans, jeggings, whatever you want to call them…they’re pretty much the staple of my closet. However . . . trends change, right? Remember when we did that cropped flare challenge and everyone was like nooooooooooo!!?? Yup. Now they’re everywhere. As are wide-leg jeans. And they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. But wide-leg jeans are hard to wear, right? At least for us pear-shaped women who already have the booty/thigh area as the widest part of their bodies. So I decided to try a few pairs out to see if I could find that perfect vintage-inspired pair that will go with everything. Here’s what I found:

Wide-Leg Jeans At-Home, Try-On Session

So one of the biggest problems I have with flares and wide-leg jeans is the shoe situation. I’m 5’4″, so I’m kind of right on that line where petite is sometimes too short and regular is sometimes too long. I can’t wear both heels and flats with the same inseam . . . but for now I’m going to stick with heels because they give a more flattering silhouette with wide-leg pants  In this case I tried each pair on with the same pair of shoes so the length was consistent.

1. Express High-Rise, Wide-Leg Jeans in Petite

I wasn’t sure if there was a huge difference between the regular and petite size (since the regular size comes in three lengths) so I tried them both. In this case, I didn’t like the length. I felt like these were too short but not in a deliberate enough way. I also didn’t like that these were “high-rise” but felt much more like mid-rise.  They went back — on to the regular size.

featuredExpress High Rise Wide Leg Jeans Petite, size 6P

Wide-leg jeans are EVERYWHERE now. Petite & regular sizing requires A LOT of try-ons though. See which high-rise, wide-jeans we're loving right here.

J. Crew t-shirt (similar) | jeans | shoes

2. Express High-Rise, Wide-Leg Jeans Regular

These are my regular size 6’s in the regular length (short is 30.5″, petite is 30.75″, regular is 33.5″ and long is 35.5″). They’re just a bit too long as is, so I could try to throw them in the washer and dryer to shrink them up a bit, but I didn’t love them enough to keep them. They went back too.

featured: Express High Rise Wide Leg Jeans, size 6R (available in short, regular and long lengths)

Wide-leg jeans are EVERYWHERE now. Petite & regular sizing requires A LOT of try-ons though. See which high-rise, wide-jeans we're loving right here.

J. Crew t-shirt (similar) | jeans | shoes

3. Paige Sutton High-Waist, Wide-Leg Jeans

These fit really well and felt more like trouser jeans thanks to the back pockets and curved waistband. The length of the petites was perfect with heels, but they might be a bit long with flats. They’re more structured, so I feel like they’d be perfect for a casual office — add a blazer and you’re set!

featured: Paige Sutton High-Waist Wide-Leg Jeans, size 28P (petite sizes here)

Wide-leg jeans are EVERYWHERE now. Petite & regular sizing requires A LOT of try-ons though. See which high-rise, wide-jeans we're loving right here.

J. Crew t-shirt (similar) | jeans | shoes

4. The Winners: GRLFRND Carla Wide Leg Jeans

OK, these made me see why spending a bit more on denim is worth it. Sometimes you really do get what you pay for…and these? Feel amazing. So incredibly soft even though there’s no elastane in them (unlike most of the jeggings in my closet). They’re like rigid denim that’s also super-soft if that makes sense? I loved the way they fit, the way they felt . . . almost everything except for the length. These didn’t come in a petite or short length, but they should be easy to cut since the hem is already undone. They’re supposed to be snug, and I found that they fit true to size (went with my usual 28).

featured: GRLFRND Carla Wide Leg Jeans, size 28R

Wide-leg jeans are EVERYWHERE now. Petite & regular sizing requires A LOT of try-ons though. See which high-rise, wide-jeans we're loving right here.

J. Crew t-shirt (similar) | jeans | shoes

 

XOXO,

Scotti

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9 Comments

  1. Wow those GRLFRND jeans are really great looking on you – in fact the pics of you wearing them make me want to buy them whereas the pics on the Nordstrom website do nothing to make me want to buy them.

  2. Love the grlfrnd jeans on you, Scotti! I need to pick your brain here. I’m just a bit taller than you at 5’5 and recently bought a pair of high waist (yes!!) wide leg jeans. I bought the short inseam because I want to wear them with flats. At first I thought it was a perfect length, no dragging, but then I started to overthink it – maybe they’re too short? Less vintage cool and more 2000’s skater girl? So my question to you is what is the ideal length of a wide leg pant when you’re wearing it with pants. Where should they fall?

    • Good question! I think the opinions are allll over the place on that one. In my opinion, I feel like they should either be deliberately short (like above the ankle bone) OR all the way to the floor. That’s just me. If you search “wide leg jeans with flats” on Pinterest you’ll get a ton of options but I think those two look best. I totally hear you about the 2000’s skater girl – that’s what my husband said too! 🙂

  3. Have you ever thought about adding in a cost criteria? The Express one’s weren’t great, but for the price difference… That’s another thing all together. Especially if you want to try out the trend before INVESTING in it. Because I do understand the value of great clothing.

    PS you are looking great! I can’t believe you had two kids.

  4. Yah mine fall below my ankle but are maybe half an inch from the ground (no dragging). Ah decisions decisions!
    And just a side note – not that the skater girl is a bad look. It’s kind of reliving my teens but in a bit of a more modern way with the high waist and tucking in my shirts, etc. I think that I kind of dig it 🙂

  5. Scotti—you look FABULOUS!! Those Carla wide leg jeans were made for you—and I hope ME! Pricey, but once again….I’m feeling the need to break the bank! I just bought a pair of Seven Josefina slim girlfriend jeans–if you like the AE tomgirl, you will worship these—they run big, size down 2 sizes. My second pair–can’t live without them, but now a stroll to nordstrom.com for the wide leg GRLFRND. Thank you!

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