The Skinny on Baggy Jeans

The Skinny on Baggy Jeans

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Lately I've been noticing the inevitable evolution from culottes and wide leg trousers to wide leg jeans! This style appears in both a 70s high waist and a very grunge-like, hip-slung, oversized style. While I love the 70s look on others, it just doesn't work with my short torso and saddlebags, so here I am trying out 90s oversized wide-leg jeans. :)

The main problem with baggy pants in general and wide legs in particular is that they widen the frame - and, when you're on the short end of the spectrum like I am, your frame may not be able to hand much widening! Exaggerated wide legs simply make me look squat. 

One way to combat this is to wear a higher heel than normal. While that's not out of the question for me, I have yet to find my perfect pair of comfy sky-high heels, so I've enlisted the other strategy to combat potential leg-stumpage: a slimmer wide leg!

While some styles in stores flare out dramatically from the hip, these men's Levi's 511s fall straight down from the hip, making the volume much more manageable. 

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I've also opted for bare arms with these baggy britches in order to keep the look even more trim. If you don't want to bare your arms, you can also wear a tailored or body-conscious top to balance out the volume of the jeans. Wear a shoe that matches the brightness of the jeans to keep your leg line long.

Anyone out there a fan of this 90s throwback? Do you find them hard to wear?

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