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Thursday, February 24th 2011

A Welcome Revival: Wide-Leg Pants

The timeless wide-leg pant is both sophisticated and subtly edgy. This classic borrowed-from-the-boys silhouette was popularized by starlets like Katharine Hepburn in the 1930s—back when a woman in trousers was inherently subversive—and to this day, the look has a confident, emancipated vibe that falls right in line with the recent obsession with menswear- and vintage-inspired looks.

For today’s fashion-forward, the flattering outline has applications from casual to all-dressed-up. For cocktails and office-wear, designers like DSQUARED2 and Joseph clothing offer waist-grazing, full-legged dress trousers that perfectly channel that moneyed retro aura, while Jenni Kayne and Vince clothing have breezy linen interpretations that call to mind the Monaco sailing set, circa 1930. There’s even a pair for at-home lounging: once the socializing and the fun in the sun is over, slip into funky, easy-going jersey flares from Young Fabulous & Broke.

--Rebecca

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