How to: Wear it Wide

You may have heard that the wide legged trouser is back. But What? How? When? And Where?

After years of trying to rock that skinny jean look and wondering how the cool of Lou Reed or The Horrors could rub off on you without chaffing your thighs, it’s now time to relax, at last. However, such a radical wardrobe shift can be a scary thing to undertake and if you want to embrace this fashionable look there are a few key points to consider. The most important and probably the most fundamental, dare I say deep seated change will be where you wear your wider legged trousers.

 

The answer is in your natural waist, which after years of sporting a hip slinking look may come as a shock. Place your thumb on the top of your hipbone and you’ve found the place. It can be up to three inches higher than your current waistband and the idea of pulling your current trousers right up your thigh may be traumatic in more ways than one. The height from the crotch to the waistband on trousers is known as the rise and the key to pulling off the current look is to make sure that the rise of your wide trousers is high enough to allow them to be worn with comfort on your waist. The overall effect then becomes very flattering, giving you a long flowing leg line and the air of a Hollywood star from the golden era or indeed a young blade in the thirties swanning around Oxford in the so named bag trousers.

The height from the crotch to the waistband on trousers is known as the rise and the key to pulling off the current look is to make sure that the rise of your wide trousers is high enough to allow them to be worn with comfort on your waist. The overall effect then becomes very flattering, giving you a long flowing leg line and the air of a Hollywood star from the golden era or indeed a young blade in the thirties swanning around Oxford in the so named bag trousers.

 

Dashing Tweeds, Tom Stubbs

The wider legged look comes and goes every twenty years or so, making appearances in the 1930’s, 1950’s and 1970’s. However in order to perfect the look, it requires bespoke or made to measure tailoring and so only recently with the current renaissance of structured menswear is this silhouette making a come back. Luckily, we offer a made-to-measure service in house at Dashing Tweeds and our fabrics are all very suitable for the trousers, especially our mid to heavy weight designs in Merino wool. This fabric both hangs well and holds a shape, an ideal combination. We have all sorts of designs in stripes, checks and new elegant smaller weave structures, as worn by Editor and Stylist, Tom Stubbs.

 

Expand your horizons and widen those legs by visiting our shop on 26 Sackville Street, Mayfair and we can assist you in your pursuit for the perfect pair to slot into your everyday wardrobe. Alternatively, if you would like to book an appointment for our made-to-measure service, please email us

Our opening timings are:
10am – 6pm Mon-Fri
11am – 5pm Sat

All the best,

Dashing Tweeds