Being a petite fashion editor (so you have my vital stats, I’m 5’ 3.5” and a UK 12), I’ve discovered a game-changing solution on how I can embrace the wide-leg trouser trend that’s been so prevalent this season. Try as I may—and believe me, I’ve tried—I’ve never found the right wide-leg trouser for me. They’re always far, far too long, throwing my portions way off and, although nipping to the tailor would be my usual solution to this issue, I have just moved to a village which is without one such seamstress. Undeterred, I set about trying to unearth an alternative, and I think I’ve just found it.
Of course, you may also be petite and have managed to find wide-leg trousers that tick your boxes—and that’s great / please send me links at @maxineeggenberger. However, for me, I worked out that the way I can take on the wide-leg trouser trend and still feel confident in myself is to do so by way of a wide-leg cropped trouser. I know, this hardly sounds like a groundbreaking revelation but hear me out—it may just work for you too.
I’ve found that wide-leg cropped trousers works like magic in terms of creating a well-proportioned look. The key is to find the right balance between the width of the leg and the crop, ensuring a sleek but still wide-leg silhouette. The cropped length also allows for a chic shoe moment, too, as your footwear will be on full display.
But really, as is the case with traditional wide-leg trousers, beauty of wide-leg cropped trousers lies in their versatility. They can be dressed up or down, making them perfect for various occasions. Pair them with a fitted blouse and heels for an elegant evening ensemble, or opt for a casual vibe with an oversize tee and sneakers. The possibilities are endless.
If you’re petite or are yet to find a wide-leg trouser that speaks to you, don’t disregard a cropped style. To drive my point home, I’ve assembled an edit of my favourites for you below, along with some foolproof styling suggestions courtesy of Instagram.