The skinny on wide leg trousers

I remember the dawn of the skinny era, there was one prevalent emotion – fear. The shape was a huge departure from the previous trouser shape du jour, the flattering bootcut. Skinnys were radical and it took a little coaxing for people to warm up to them. For me, the skinny hallelujah moment came when I spied a pair of Sass & Bide’s iconic frayed misfits in their store in Sydney. After shimmying into them, I felt like a newer, sexier, more kick ass version of myself. What’s not to love about that?! Fast forward a couple of years and skinny trousers, jeans and even the dreaded jeggings are a wardrobe staple. For the record, please note that I’d rather go out without any trousers on at all than wear the latter.

For a couple of seasons now, the easy, breezy flares/wide legs/palazzo pants have tried to topple the skinny style crown, to no avail. But this season the tide is turning. The SS11 catwalks were full of an assortment of wide leg shapes flattering enough to tempt even the most devoted skinny lover.

Aren’t they beautiful? This season is about channeling the laidback 70s silhouette, the new trouser shape is so effortless, long and languid. Unfortunately, the high-street hasn’t quite caught up and it was a bit of a struggle to find nice wide leg trousers. Asos and Zara were definite winners though. I can’t wait to wear palazzo pants with platforms and a blouse!

Reena Rai

Reena Rai is a 30-something London-based fashion, travel and lifestyle blogger. She has been blogging for 10 years (!), previously at before launching her self-titled blog.



  1. The doll on fashion
    March 3, 2011 / 8:01 am

    I love the Asos and Zara pair – Maxi trousers!The doll on fashion

  2. Penny Dreadful
    March 3, 2011 / 8:05 am

    You are a terrible influence Reena, I think I need to go and buy those Asos ones immediately x

  3. Anonymous
    March 3, 2011 / 8:59 pm

    This made me chuckle, because I have been such a skinny jeans/trousers girl for the past year I forget that the experience you described was exactly what it was like transitioning from bootcut, wasn't it! I'm learning to embrace the wide legged trouser slowly but surely, but it feels like a painful detox so far!

  4. WendyB
    March 3, 2011 / 11:40 pm

    The horror over skinny pants contributed to my development of my Never Is the Next New Thing theory!

  5. StyleFrost
    March 4, 2011 / 1:22 pm

    Really hope flared trousers/jeans take off this summer, I wouldn't wear the thinner/slinky fabric ones though! I love those Nicole Farhi ones! x

  6. Syed
    March 4, 2011 / 2:55 pm

    Given the number of women I see in skinny jeans and jeggings who…to put it delicately, do not quite the most suited figure for them, I am loving the return of wide leg trousers! Yikes, that sounds kinda bitchy, but yes, some people need to step away from skin tights.

  7. FashionJazz
    March 4, 2011 / 4:52 pm

    Loving this trend! Happy Friday babe xx

  8. reub-envision
    March 5, 2011 / 8:50 pm

    ~i am a huge fan

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